PRICE REDUCED Signed "J Young" Joe Young, Wetzel County, West Virginia ca 1870
. This example is in nice condition with an old black finish. Several brass inlays appear on the stock as well as a silver star in the cheek piece. The rifled barrel is 39.5 inches and about .45 cal. There is no restoration on the rifle and it is all original. A copper plate was added around the nipple.
Available at $2,350.00 PRICE REDUCED TO $1,850.00 5/23
Signed "J Keller" John Keller, Carlisle, PA ca 1825
This example is in nice condition with an old black finish. Though signed on the lockplate, it is likely Keller made both the lock and the pistol. The walnut stock was badly broken and expertly repaired. The barrel is 10" long and about .45 cal. A nice signed pistol, restored but at a reasonalbe price.
Available at $1980.00
Unsigned John Demuth, Bushkill Township, Northampton County, PA ca 1825
Though unsigned this rifle can safely be attributed to John Demuth. He usually signed his rifles "JD" on the barrel or sometimes the thumbplate. This example has been expertly reconverted to flintlock. The barrel is shy of 41" and was never shortened; the bore is about .60 cal. The usual red violin finish is present and shows strongly in the protected areas of the stock. The condition is superb with wood replacements in front of the lock and between the lock and barrel tang; the usual places restored when a rifle was converted to percussion.
Available at $4980.00
SALE PENDING Signed “Josiah Maynard, Shrewsbury” Shrewsbury, Worcester County, MA ca 1835
The above rifle is lightly signed in script “Josiah Maynard, Shrewsbury”. A similar rifle is shown on page 145 of the American Society of Arms Collectors publication titled Longarms in America, Volume 1. Maynard was born in Shrewsbury, Worcester County in 1794 and died in 1858. He was an apprentice to Silas Allen and partnered with Hiram Slocumb during the percussion period.
The horsehead patch box and inlaid silver wire work on the walnut stock are of the highest quality. The fine engraving on the thumb piece cheek piece is also is of the best quality. The rifle is 56 inches in length with a 41 inch octagonal barrel that is smoothbore.
Signed "E * B" Possibly Elias Benfer, Beavertown, Snyder County, PA ca 1860
This rifle is a fine example of a central Pennsylvania swivel breech rifle in great condition with nice details. One barrel is rifled the other is smooth; they are 36 inches long. The curly maple is excellent and all inlays are original. There doesn't appear to be any restoration or alterations on the rifle.
Available at $4,350.00