A scarce Federal Period military contract flintlock rifle

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Lot 2189ANTIQUE
A scarce Federal Period military contract flintlock rifle
circa 1800-1815, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Sold for US$ 1,755 inc. premium
A scarce Federal Period military contract flintlock rifle
circa 1800-1815, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
The 37 1/2 inch two-stage barrel in .60 caliber, brass blade fore-sight and open rear sight; breech with circular proof mark P; the three wedges without escutcheons. Unmarked flat lock with beveled edges and grooved tail. Brass furniture comprising nosecap; three ramrod thimbles; stepped, rocker-engraved sideplate; triggerguard, the squared finials molded with two lines, the bow faceted; patchbox with simple rocker engraving and spade-shaped finial; buttplate, the faceted finial fitted with patchbox release button on top. Striped maple stock, the fore-end incised with a pair of lines, the buttstock with low cheekpiece.
Condition: Good. Barrel with later brown finish, showing some light pitting at breech, the rifling shot out and the front six inches restored. Lock with dark patina, some minor pitting and probably reconverted. Stock with scattered light marks and showing considerable restoration to fore-end; the cap replaced.
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Footnotes

  • Note: A classic example of the early Pennsylvania rifles contracted for use by rifle regiments by the Federal government in the late 18th century and by the state of Pennsylvania during the War of 1812. Some characteristics seen in this example, and shared by most others, include the simple taper between the faceted and round barrel sections, the P proof, the use of non-select maple and the generally sturdy and utilitarian design. Taking into account the restored condition of the barrel and fore-end, the layout of the ramrod thimbles and the poor condition of the bore, an original length of some 44 inches and a caliber of approximately 50 would be a reasonable assumption. See the article on these rifles in Flayderman's Guide..., page 606-7 as well as in American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol. II by George Moller.
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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