A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
Signed Stoffel Smith-1794
Signature inlayed with silver...on top facet of barrel - SOLD

A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
Signed Stoffel Smith-1794, right facing

The beauty in this straightforward piece is simple elegance; beautiful drop and Roman nose...great color and patina. Fully stocked in maple with some figure and retaining what appears to be an original surface with great patina. Raised and carved cheek-piece inlayed with lovely engraved silver dogwood blossom. The 46.5-inch .58-caliber octagonal barrel is swamped at breech and muzzle; front site is silver. Brass furniture includes early style engraved two-piece patchbox, brass lock screw escutcheons; brass buttplate and trigger guard. Original flintlock configuration, however, the two screw lock was replaced previous to the rifle being published in 1960. (Noted below) Overall length is approxamately 61.5-inches. Very good condition; shows use without abuse. Needs an appropriate ramrod.

Smith was apparently born in Scotland. Based on aspects of his work, he is believed to have been an apprentice of Wolfgang Haga in Berks County; his career continued into the 1830's. The rifle depicted is one of his earlier examples. Patrick Hornberger's recent book, Berks County Longrifles & Gunmakers depicts a later over/under flintlock by Stoffel Smith bearing his proud signature, from the 1812 period.

Literature: This rifle is published on page 18, plate 21 of Henry Kauffman's The Pennsylvania Kentucky Rifle.

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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
Signed Stoffel Smith-1794, left facing
A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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A Rare 18th Century Kentucky Rifle
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