Original U.S. Kentucky Percussion Rifle with Set Trigger by Solomon Ward of Jamestown N.C. circa 1870

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. Here is an octagonal barreled "Kentucky" style rifle, which more correctly is known as a Pennsylvania Rifle. It is in the standard caliber we usually see these in, .39", and has a nice octagonal barrel. The rifle was built in the United States, in the gun making center of Jamestown, North Carolina, and is marked faintly on the top of the barrel:


Solomon H. Ward (1838 – 1905) was one of the last of the Jamestown, NC, makers. His shop was located off Guilford College Road, at the present day Cedar Wood development. His later work was extremely well made and ornate, so we feel this is one of his earlier works, probably made around 1870.

The rifle is half stocked, and appears to have been made that way originally, as indicated by the strap on the bottom of the barrel. The mounts are all brass, including a somewhat ornate trigger guard, with multiple spurs for a very secure grip.

We feel this rifle has always been in percussion, and is not a conversion from flintlock. Interestingly 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 the bore also shows some very nice rifling, with a bit of past oxidation.

A very nice and desirable "Kentucky" rifle, from one of the last Jamestown gunsmiths. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: c.1870
Caliber: approx .39" seven groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 42 Inches

Overall Length: 58 Inches
Action type: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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