John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
Kentucky Rifle
Kentucky Rifle

Peter Gonter  worked in Lancaster, Pa. from  1768 to 1818.  He's one of the most sought after of the early Lancaster makers.  The lock is signed Dreppart, who was also a Lancaster maker. This is a early rifle with a width of 1 1/2" across it's curly maple  butt stock.   It's .54 cal. rifled barrel is 44 1/2" long and signed by P. Gonter  on it's top flat.    The rifle is a take-down which is a very rare feature for a 18th century rifle. The patchbox has a hidden lid release on the toe of the stock. The curly maple stock is beautiful with only one repair that I can see which is at the rear of the lock and blends nicely. The ramrod appears to be original to the rifle. A really outstanding rifle!  

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