Born in 1750, Jacob Ferree was the nephew of gunsmith, Joel Ferree. Jacob moved to Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania in 1784.
This is an example of a Lehigh Co, Pennsylvania flintlock rifle in the style of John Moll and Herman Rupp from the 1790-1795 time period.
Andreas Albrecht was a German Moravian gunmaker who migrated to America in 1750.
This left-handed rifle is patterned after the work of Jacob Dickert circa 1770-1775.
This example is patterned after an early rifle of William Antes, circa 1770-1780.
This longrifle is patterned after the work of John Sheetz of Staunton, Virginia from the 1796-1800 time period.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Newcomer .45 cal with metal box 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. [...]