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David Crockett Rifle (1780-1790)

An unknown maker from York County, Pennsylvania produced the original Crockett rifle in the 1780-1790 time period. There is good reason with strong evidence that it was David Crockett’s first rifle at the age of 17.  David makes numerous references to the occasions when he carried his rifle before it was sold to buy a horse so he could go courting.

This example is patterned after the original currently on display at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • 50 Cal Swamped Octagon 44” Rice Barrel
  • Chambers Lock
  • Handmade Brass hardware, Patch box,
  • Thimbles, Side plate, Nose cap and Wedge keys
  • Silver thumb piece inlay
  • Tapered horn-tipped ram rod

George Schreyer, Sr. (1739-1819)

George Schreyer, Sr. was born in the Conewago, Pennsylvania community.  He began his formal apprenticeship in the same area under either George Ungefehr or Nicholas Hachen in 1761. He apprenticed Phillip Sheets and is shown on Reading tax records as a Gunsmith.  He bought two lots in Hanover in 1775, living and working as a gunsmith there until his death in 1819.

This Schreyer-style example is patterned after an original.

  • 58 Cal, 44” Swamped Octagon Rice Barrel
  • Chambers Deluxe Siler Lock
  • Handmade Brass Patch box,
  • Thimbles, Side plate, Nose cap & Wedge keys
  • Tapered horn-tipped ram rod
  • Silver thumb piece inlay

Tim Williams with flintlock and moose

This rifle was used to bring down the moose in this photograph.

This is another example of a George Schreyer from the period.

  • 58 Cal, 44” Swamped Octagon Rice Barrel
  • Chambers Deluxe Siler Lock
  • Handmade Brass Patch box,
  • Thimbles, Side plate, Nose cap & Wedge keys
  • Tapered horn-tipped ram rod
  • Silver thumb piece inlay


Early Virginia Style Pistol

This is a  sample of a Virginia made pistol typical of makers from Virginia 1765-1775.


Herman Rupp

Herman Rupp (1756-1831)

Herman Rupp lived and worked throughout his life 15-20 miles southwest of Allentown, Pennsylvania.  This contemporary example depicts one of the earliest documented fully evolved Lehigh Valley rifles, dated 1793. It demonstrates most of the architectural and decorative details that distinguish rifles built during this period in the Lehigh Valley area.

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Bucks County Pistol

Bucks County, Pennsylvania


This Bucks County-style pistol is patterned after the work of John Shuler and Andrew Verner.


American with English Influence

This is an example of an American-made pistol from the 1770-1785 time periods with a very strong English influence.


John Newcomer – (1775-1780)

John Newcomer first appeared in the Lancaster County court records as a gunsmith in 1767.  Tax records from 1771-80 list John Newcomer as a gunsmith in Hempfield Township.  In 1780 the tax record refers to him as “Old John” gunsmith.  He died in 1782.



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British-Style Fowler

Made in America, this example is patterned after a British-style fowler of the 1765-1768 time period incorporating many British characteristics in the architecture, engraving and carving elements. The wooden stock was typically curly maple instead of walnut which was commonly used in England.


Officer’s Fusil

This Officer’s Fusil is patterned after a fowler made by James Barbar, circa 1757-1759.

The 37 ¼” barrel makes for a light weight and easy to handle smoothbore.  Some, but not all, officer’s fusils had provisions for bayonets such as this example.


Andrew Fichthorn

Andrew Fichthorn Jr. (Reading, PA) 1779 – 1822

Fichthorn apprenticed to John Bornewitz in Womelsdorf from 1792 – 1799.  He returned to Reading to marry and establish a business before 1803.  He worked in Reading until his death in 1822.


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