PENNSYLVANIA KENTUCKY BOY’S RIFLE

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Item Code: 953-02

This full-stocked boy’s rifle has a “Roman nose” profile buttstock with curved upper lines and a relatively straight lower line of the Reading style, though judging Kentuckies is like judging a fine wine, and connoisseurs may differ. Overall length is     48”; barrel measures 32 ½”. The brass hand-rail triggerguard, screw escutcheons, butt plate with pronounced upper nose, entry pipe and nose cap have a matching mellow, aged patina. The wood is fairly plain, but with good color and surface showing just small handling marks and dings from use and one small divot along the top of the comb. The buttstock shows a rudimentary cheek rest and no other carving. The wood shows a tad lighter along the bottom of the forestock, where it would naturally be grasped and a surface crack at the left wrist looping from the breechplug tang down to the short trigger plate.

The barrel has a smooth, brown, surface back to the breech, which shows some roughness on the breechplug tang. Front and rear sights are in place. The lock is a British commercial sporting lock, marked “London” and “Warranted” with rudimentary floral engraving above the stamp and at the rear near vertical lines with horizontal slashes. The plate shows some space around the inletting, which looks a little crude at the rear, which may be from setting the plate more deeply when the lock was converted from flint to percussion using a side-lug / drum bolster. The hammer screw is missing its head, and would be worth replacing. We would date this about 1835, at least in its percussion form. It has a nice look and would be a good addition to a collection of boys’ rifles or Kentuckies. [sr]

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