KENTUCKY RIFLES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES * CHRISTMAS SALE REDUCED PRICESThe rifles on this page are affordably priced for beginning collectors, decorators, material culture historians, or interested individuals seeking a representative example. The rifles may be plain, decorative but poorly or highly restored, or in need of restoration. They will be original Kentucky rifles (not reproductions) with some investment potential.
For beginning collectors, these rifles represent an entry level item at a modest investment. For many the first step in generating interest is owning and handling an object rather than viewing images. These rifles are perfect for those individuals. Email me for additional photos of each rifle.
Feel free to make serious offers!
Signed D Sheets, Daniel Hoover Sheets, Union, OH ca 1840
This rifle is signed in script on the barrel D Sheets with a decorative motif after the signature. Daniel was the son of Martin Sheets who came to Union in 1808 from Randolph County, North Carolina. The barrel is 42" and about .38 cal. it has never been cut down or rebreeched. The plain maple stock is in original condition with no losses or repairs; the original surface survives and is near perfect.
I believe the two pieces of brass , one between the hammer and tang, the other in front of the lock are original to the stock placed there by Daniel to prevent the corrosive action of the percussion caps. The lock is original to the rifle and signed J G Stutsman Dayton Ohio; it is in good working condition. It is an attractive rifle in original condition with pleasing architecture.
Available at $1950.00
Unsigned, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, ca 1825
Unfortunately this rifle is not signed as with many rifles from this region thus making it hard to attribute to a particular gunsmith. There are many details that could help identify the gunsmith if enough signed specimens were known. The architecture is very pleasing with both a Roman nose comb and a curved lower butt commonly used in Lehigh County as well. Whomever the maker the rifle is a jewel and in near perfect condition.
Of interest is the unusual conversion to percussion using the original flintlock hammer with a bolster locked in the jaws. This is NOT a candidate for reconversion back to flintlock. The deeply rifled barrel is 39.5 inches (it's original length) and about .50 cal. The converted lock is original to the rifle and not one sliver of wood has been replaced or any modern-day restoration. This is an opportunity to own a rifle in original condition, with an unusual conversion, desirable architecture, and nice curly maple.
Available at $3,400
2 Halfstock rifles, ca 1840
Two halfstock rifles; one signed the other is unsigned. The signed example is quite decorative and in the Jamestown, North Carolina style. The unsigned one has an eagle patchbox associated with Henry Ledford Davidson County, North Carolina. It also has a long barrel tang in the style of eastern Tennessee.
The signed example is in excellent condition with a small rifled bore. The unsigned one has a walnut stock. Buy them both for $2000 or either for $1250.00. May be shipped together in the same box only to locations east of the Mississippi.
Available at $2000.00 for both
Unsigned William Shaver, Rockingham/Augusta County, Virginia ca 1835
The following information appears on Courtney Wilson's website www.penmarvarifles.com: "Little is written about the Shaver family of gunsmiths but both William (b. 1802) and Daniel (b. 1812) made some fine rifles in the percussion period 1830-60. The Shavers originated in Rockingham County and their riflemaking style, architecture and the folksy engraving and details were heavily influenced by Alexander McGilvray, Rockingham County’s most prolific rifle maker. The bulk of their work, however, was apparently done just south of Rockingham County in Augusta County on the road to Staunton, Virginia. To the best of my knowledge no signed rifles are known by this family"
This example is one of the best and most original examples of their work. The rifled barrel is 43 inches long about .40 cal. Though made in the percussion period this rifle exhibits much earlier architecture and style. None of the rifles known by William or Daniel were made in the flintlock period. The patchbox finial has a mans head with a pointed nose; a folkish and desirable detail. The Shavers always used a wavy line with gouge work as a decorative detail around the curved cheekpiece. This example has that as well as on the fore arm. Both silver double acorn inlays are missing. The lock appears to be an old replacement contemporary with use as it is a single screw lock.
The forward lock bolt and comma shaped washer is missing and a sliver of wood is missing near the fore end cap. The curly maple is exquisite but the wonderful old surface dampens it. Few rifles appear on the market in untouched condition; this example had not been cleaned or tampered with in over 100 years; as a result the surface has a matte finish that should not be removed or tampered with. Replacing the mising inlays, changing the lock, and restoring the sliver of wood could be avoided to maintain the orinigality and attic condition of this rifle. Just leave it alone and enjoy an unmolested piece of Shenandoah Valley history.
Available at $2,850.00