Signed J DOLL, Jacob Doll, York, PA ca 1825
This rifle is signed in script on the barrel which is 43" (original length)and about .54 cal. plain maple stock, cleaned but not sanded, which has lost about 4" of forestock at the muzzle. Another crack on the fore arm needs stablization. Lid release works and is activated by pressing the patchbox upper plate near the butt plate. This rifle came straight from the family and also comes with a small powder horn. It is a nice representative rifle from York.
It was converted to percussion in the 1830's and retains its original lock which could be reconverted back to flintlock. It is an attractive rifle in need of some work or it can be enjoyed as is.
Available at $2850.00
Signed J H Johnston, Waynesboro, PA ca 1835
J H Johnston varried little in his designs both in carving and patchbox. This rifle is signed in script on the barrel which is 42.5" (original length)and about .42 cal. Wild-grained maple was used making it an attractive stock. There is no wood replaced on the rifle, but the wrist is cracked and poorly repaird and a piece missing under the lock. Beautiful forestock molding on the quality of the York school is present and makes for a slender look the rifle.
Removing the glue in the cracked wrist, regluing, and replacing the missing sheild thumbplate would make the rifle quite nice. Though not cleaned or sanded it could use a bit of color to enhance the wonderful curly maple. It retains its original lock and all mounts are original. It is an attractive rifle in need of some work or it can be enjoyed as is.
Available at 1,950.00
Signed A * K, Berks County, PA ca 1820
Though unsigned we can be sure it was made in Berks County by an associate of Henry Mauger or John Derr. The barrel is 38" about .54 cal and has lost some of it's length at the breech where it was signed. The engraved block letter A is still apparent and the K is undisturbed; there is a flourish of simple lines engraved after the K. It appears that a fore arm plate was added later.
It was converted to percussion in the 1830's and retains its original lock marked J Shorthouse which could be reconverted back to flintlock. Restoration was started; a piece of wood by the sideplate has been added. The toeplate is missing along with other parts more visible in the photos. This project will take alot of work but will be worth it for the collector or restorer.
Available at $1,850.00
Unsigned possibly George Sites, Brocks Gap, Rockingham County, VA ca 1810
This rifle is unsigned and appears to be a militia rifle or a plain working man's rifle. It has the feel of a Lancaster made rifle but the patchbox design was used by George Sites in the Valley of Virginia. Sites made contract rifles for the Virginia militia. The stock is of nice curly maple. The 39.5" barrel is rifled and about .50 cal; it has some charcoal blueing remaining. The tang is missing behind the screw hole. The lock is original to the rifle and could be reconverted back to flintlock. Replacing the missing fore stock will bring the rifle back to an attractive appearance.
Available at $950.00