Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813)1
.44-caliber, 44.75” octagonal barrel with rifled bore; overall superfine condition


Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813), entire view

The barrel which measures 7/8” across the flats at muzzle displays a smooth brown
patina with some thinning to smoky gray; dovetailed brass blade front site with fixed “V”
notch rear site; engraved trade lock marked “J. Holland”; plain trigger, full-length pin
fastened. Nicely striped curly maple stock featuring crisply checkered wrist within fine
gouge-molded and incised border, toe-line and ramrod channel (first to third pipe)
display double line molded borders; molded border centering breech tang; raised
cheekpiece having chamfered border. Right side of stock with an ornate and
outstanding fourpiece, rectangular lid patchbox having six piercings; lid displays
engraved initials “JB”; other patchbox ornament includes floral and borderline
engraving. A fabulous stylized eagle with shield on chest surmounts patchbox finial
piercing. The toe-plate features three piercings and similar engraving; the ornate double
pierced sideplate displays a scrolled floral motif. Additional brass fittings/furnishings
include crescent form buttplate, trigger guard, nose cap; thimble and two pipes holding
the hardwood, likely oak, ramrod which appears to be original. An engraved German
silver eight-pointed star-like device within pierced oval ornaments the cheekpiece; at top
of wrist is found an engraved German silver thumbpiece displaying initials “DS”. The
action is smooth and fine, overall excellent condition with only the most minor
imperfections being consistent with age and use; tight fissure forward of sideplate
screw; scattered shallow vice marks at breech; light and minor pitting centering
touchhole. (Overall length: 59.75”)


Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813), left facing

Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813), lock plate detail

Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813), butt plate

Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813), tang

Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813), trigger guard

Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813), stock

Antique, Kentucky Rifle, Lehigh Valley, Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob Bacher
Patchbox signed “JB”, attributed to Jacob Bacher (1760-1813), patch box detail
1.The maker is listed in the Macungie tax records which at the time included what is now
Lehigh County; listed as a gunsmith and “gonsmid” [sic]. Three guns of the highest
quality are known by this maker who is recorded as Jacob Bacher, Jacob Backer and
Jacob Backert; listed as a gunsmith in 1799, 1800 and 1805…all the same guy. He is
also found listed as a “smith” in the 1785 tax records of neighboring Berks County,
Greenwich Ward.

$24,900.00

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