Signed “Zollinger” George Zollinger, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA ca 1815
George Zollinger is listed as a gunsmith in Harrisburg in 1811, then in Carlisle in 1823. I’m not sure when he moved to Carlisle so the rifle could be made in either location.
The art on the rifle clearly shows he learned his trade in York possibly from the Zorger’s. Zollinger was an excellent engraver. The patchbox is of the York style and is beautifully engraved as is the toeplate which has a stylized pineapple finial.
The lock is original to the rifle and signed Konigmacher & Co. The barrel is 40.25 inches; the original length. About .50 cal. the rifling is still intact. Decorative punchwork and engraving surrounds the signature, rear sight, front sight, and muzzle. The file work on all ramrod pipes is masterfully executed.
Curly maple of extreme quality has no cracks, repairs, or replacements. Checkering at the wrist and fore arm is well designed and executed and shows even wear. 4 silver inlays are all original and are engraved.
There is no restoration on this rifle. The surface condition of the rifle is excellent; it has never been cleaned or polished. The original patina allows one to see the beauty of the maple.