Unsigned Jacob Stoudenour, Bedford County, Pennsylvania ca 1830
Born in Maryland in 1795, Jacob Stoudenour most likely learned his trade before moving to Colerain Township in 1819. Peter White may have been Stoudenour's master as White left Colerain in 1819 moving to Uniontown, PA. Could Peter have encouraged Jacob to take over his business in Colerain?
There is no restoration or losses on this rifle. The original lock was converted to percussion by a Bedford gunsmith...most like Stoudenour himself. The rifled barrel is 42.5 inches and is the original length. Several engraved silver inlays are present on this excellent quality curly maple stock. The engraved eagle inlay on the cheekpiece is quite nice as well as a sunburst inlaid behind the cheekpiece. The entire suface of the rifle both wood and metal is original and near perfect.
The price reflects the rarity, condition, quality, and desirablility of this rifle.