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Early 1800s Pennsylvania .50 Caliber Percussion Long Rifle

Lot Number 471

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Presented is a Pennsylvania long rifle with a marvelous tiger stripe maple stock. Although most commonly referred to as a "Kentucky" style rifle, the Pennsylvania long rifle was made in Pennsylvania and Ohio from the early 1700s to as late as 1870s. This specimen is a flintlock target rifle, a true percussion target rifle complete with the heavier octagon barrel and set trigger. A great deal of earlier flintlock rifles, including this relic, had their flintlock mechanisms converted to percussion during the early 1800s by use of the drum conversion technique that drilled into the breach side of barrel. The rifle has been crafted by a skilled rifle maker, highlighting the fine lines of an earlier flintlock with crescent buttplate and slender long wrist. The "tiger stripe" is a pattern applied to plain maple using corded wood heated in fire and burned into a stock to created tiger maple pattern. The lock is marked H. Elwell Warrented. The gun manufacturers, Small Arms Makers lists Henry Elwell as a maker of gun "locks" in Seneca City, Ohio about 1810-12. The rifle itself may have been made by another gun maker, but the lock was produced by Elwell around 1810. The metal of the .50 caliber octagonal barrel shows almost no pitting, measuring 39 with the overall rifle measuring nearly 46 inches.

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