Kentucky Rifle, In the Circle of the Angstadt Dynasty, Unsigned, Perhaps Adam (possibly Abraham)
Berks County, Pennsylvania, Circa 1800ish
A simple yet elegant example in as-found condition, untouched original surfaces; attribution based on profile, inlays, and a most recognizable patchbox.
Overall: 51.5"; .50-caliber barrel length: 37.325" (Converted to percussion)
Full curly maple stock with raised cheekpiece surmounted with engraved silver star, oval German silver barrel wedge escutcheons, one teardrop inlay within underside of buttstock front of toe-plate, and typical Angstadt thumbpiece. Brass furniture includes ramrod entry pipe, and octagonal thimbles, trigger guard; nose-cap, and typical beveled sideplate. All mounts including classic Angstadt lightly engraved 4-piece pierced patchbox are original with old surfaces. The octagonal barrel is brown, thinning along high-spots; lockplate also in brown surface. There are two cracks with scattered and minor wood losses along the forestock. The converted lock (plate) is original to the rifle; the front lock bolt is missing; the hole in the lock to receive the bolt was plugged when converted. Also, when converted, a patent breech added. The ramroad appears to be original. The rife is ready to hang or restore…call or write.
$4,850 (new price)