A pair of pistols pattered after an original by Jacob Kuntz from the Philadelphia area in the 1805-1810 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 [...]
This is a sample of a Virginia made pistol typical of makers from Virginia 1765-1775.
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. [...]
Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1790-1800 This Bucks County-style pistol is patterned after the work of John Shuler and Andrew Verner.
This is an example of an American-made pistol from the 1770-1785 time periods with a very strong English influence.
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. [...]
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.
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.