Original U.S. Pennsylvania Percussion Rifle with Set Trigger and British Lock by Joseph Golcher c. 1840

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. This just came out of the attic after a hundred years of storage together with a couple of hundred other antique arms. The rifle was assembled in the United States using a British Trade percussion lock made by JOSEPH GOLCHER of KING STREET, DARLASTON in STAFFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND, who worked from 1834 to 1865. We estimate that this octagonal barrel rifle was made about 1840.

It features all brass mounts except for the nose cap, which is German Silver, and is half stocked. The very heavy octagonal barrel is 38 inches in length and has a .39" bore, a common size for these rifles, and it has 7 groove rifling. The overall length is 54 inches. The Rifle also is equipped with a double set trigger. The lock, as discussed above, is of British make, and is marked JOS'H GOLCHER.

It is missing one of three tang screws, and the trigger guard has a broken solder joint directly in front of the bow, and the screw is loose. Looks as if the lock hammer screw is a later replacement. Typical of the period for a frontier American gunsmith to build a Pennsylvania style long rifle using a British Trade Lock.

In working condition just needing a good cleaning from a long time in storage, as well as some minor repairs. This fine American built Kentucky style Rifle is ready to restore, or display as is!


Year of Manufacture: c.1840
Caliber: approx .39" - 7 groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 38 Inches

Overall Length: 54 Inches
Action type: SIde Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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