Original U.S. High End Pennsylvania Style Percussion Rifle with Set Trigger and Engraved Patch Box - circa 1840

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. This is just Splendid, despite the Rebellious Sentiment engraved on the gorgeous brass patch box:-

The british lion’s eyes are in danger
Of the american eagles claws

Now with an engraving like that it would be expected that this Pennsylvania type long rifle would date from the Revolutionary War or at least from the war of 1812 and have originally been in Flintlock. It is however our view that this really fine weapon was made in the 1830's or 1840's and despite its apparent drum conversion nipple, has in fact always been a percussion gun.

Its quality of manufacture is exceptional and the rifle has probably been restored by some loving owner, probably after its working life, as its condition is amazing. It is fitted with a heavy octagonal rifled barrel of medium bore size, maybe .45 caliber. The rifle is half stocked using dramatic striped curly maple fitted with all brass mounts. These mounts include one of the most pleasing elaborate patch box covers, the lid for which is activated from a button on the underside of the stock. The patch box even now contains some horse padding and a ram rod attachment for extracting a ball.

The barrel measures about 30" and overall the weapon measures about 46". On inspection under the barrel we found a name underneath, clearly a fairly recent engraving which we speculate was a proud owner's name. In addition in the patch box we found a small piece of paper referring to "See GUN REPORT , September 1993 ".

The rifle is fitted with a "set trigger", where depressing the rear trigger first until it clicks and just touching the front trigger discharges the weapon, hopefully with great accuracy. It currently functions correctly, and is expertly set up, so barely any weight is required. The bore is in great shape, with strong 8 groove rifling, and little evidence of use or corrosion.

In conclusion it is our view that this fine rifle made in the 1830's or 1840's possibly belonged to an American Veteran of the War of 1812 and he used an inscription that he had rather fancied from his time in the final War of Independence when the British burned the White House.

Ready to display with pride despite the sentiment.


Year of Manufacture: c.1840
Caliber: approx .45" eight groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length:30 Inches

Overall Length: 46 Inches
Action type: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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