Unsigned John Valentine Bull, Bulls Gap, Tennessee ca 1820
Though unsigned tis rifle can safely be attributed to either John Bull or his brother Elisha Bull. John moved to Alabama in 1823 and continued gunsmithing while Elisha stayed in Tennessee. Both brothers used similar iron mountings including the reverse curve to the trigger guard and a rounded tail to the rear ramrod pipe. Other details are common to both gunsmiths. This example is in untouched condition with beautiful curly maple, untouched finish, and unrestored condition. The lock is original to the rifle and remains in unaltered flintlock condition...a rarity for Tennessee rifles. Architecturally the rifle a a high comb, thin wrist, raised panels along the forestock, and excellent proportions. The heavy barrel is 46 inches long, about .54 cal with deep rifling. Few Tennessee rifles exist in such wonderful condition. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the best Tennessee rifles in existance.