John Moll and Herman Rupp

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

Andreas Albrecht was a German Moravian gunmaker who migrated to America in 1750. He initially settled in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and later moved to Christian’s Spring from 1759-1766 where he served as master in the gun shop.  In 1771 he resided in Lititz where he continued working as gunsmith until his death in 1802.

This Albrecht example is from the 1765 time period.


Jacob Dickert

Jacob Dickert (1740 – 1822)

This left-handed rifle is patterned after the work of Jacob Dickert circa 1770-1775. Dickert was born 1740 in Mainz, Germany. His family migrated in the late 1740’s to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where Jacob lived out his entire life while developing a reputation as a superior gunsmith.



William Antes

William Antes (1735 – 1810)

This example is patterned after an early rifle of William Antes, circa 1770-1780. It is a wonderful blend of the Bethlehem and Lancaster county styles. Antes was born 1735 in Frederick Township located in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Thereafter, his family moved to Bethlehem in 1745. It is reasonable to believe William received a strong influence from the gun shop located in Christian’s Springs. However, there is no record of where or from whom he learned the trade of gun making. Later in his life, he became politically active in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.


John Sheetz

This longrifle is patterned after the work of John Sheetz of Staunton, Virginia from the 1796-1800 time period.


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


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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John Newcomer – (1775-1780)

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.

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