FULL STOCK KENTUCKY LONG RIFLE PRODUCED BY WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA MAKER

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This long rifle has an overall dark appearance and has never been cleaned. This rifle has a wonderful attic fresh appearance which, in its own way, is very pleasing.

The full length of this impressive weapon is approx. 56.50 inches long. It has an octagon barrel that meas. approx. 41.25 inches long with a “V” notched rear sight and a long thin blade front sight. Faintly visible approx. 5.50 inches forward of the breech is the engraved name “.J.H. JOHNSTON.” The barrel has a dark plumb appearance throughout. The top of the barrel at breech shows some light surface pitting. Bore is .50 with strong rifling. Bore needs cleaned.

There is no lock manufacturer name visible due to surface rust and dirt. There is some pitting forward of the hammer but a nice scrollwork design is visible behind it. Serpentine iron hammer rests on the original nipple and drum. Trigger is double-set and action does not work. Hammer, nipple, bolster and lock all have a dark, untouched patina.

Curly maple stock is full length and in good condition but dark. The rifle is enhanced by two German silver inlays. The left side of the butt, on top of the cheek rest, has is a wonderful stylized Federal spread-winged eagle on an oval that meas. approx. 2.25 inches x 1.25 inches. The wrist of the stock has a small shield that meas. approx. 1.00 inch x 0.75 of an inch. The left butt has a crack at center that meas. approx. 1.00 inch long and is very narrow. There is a section of wood missing between the barrel tang and the lock. Missing piece meas. approx. 1.08 x 0.75. There is also another missing section of wood just forward of the bolster that meas. approx. 1.25 x 0.25 inch.

The patchbox is brass, is rectangular and is done with rococo style embellishment. The hinged patchbox lid itself is decorated with geometric and linear decoration resembling a flame or teepee and is flanked by two smaller brass rectangles which support an oval and finial. Patchbox is opened by depressing a button on the brass toe-plate of the stock. Mechanism operates properly. All brass has a dark patina.

The brass triggerguard has a long bow to accommodate the double triggers and a finger rest at rear. The guard has squared ends front and back. Left side of the stock, opposite the lock, has a brass escutcheon with one squared and one rounded end with a linear border decoration. Ramrod is wood with a carved tip. All four brass pipes are present as is the heavy brass nose cap. Buttplate is also of plain brass. All have a matching dark patina.

The maker, James Hampton Johnston, is described by a biographer as the “founder and sole proprietor of the Great Western Gun Works and was born in the town of Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, December 16th, 1836. He grew to manhood in his native place, and there learned the trade of gunmaker. Just previous to the beginning of the Civil War he moved to Pittsburgh, and was appointed Master Armorer at the Arsenal there. In this position he served with credit until the close of the war, a period of five years. In the following year, with a small capital, he established the Great Western Gun Works, one of the most rapid and surprising business successes in the great manufacturing city of Pittsburgh. From a business of $2500 in 1866, in 1874 it had grown to the proportions of $150,000 annually. Nor is this success the result of mere chance and a few speculative ventures; it was the fruit of methodical business habits and that reliance which, with strict integrity and honesty of purpose, distinguishes the character of all self-made men.”

Johnston died in Pittsburgh on June 28, 1917 and is buried there in Allegheny Cemetery. [AD]

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