Flint Lock Rifle, Curly Maple Stock

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by mraardvark, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. mraardvark

    mraardvark New Member

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    Hey, This is Charles Pharr. I am an appraiser needing help. I am having a hard time determining the era and approximate value of this fine old rifle. First I need a value and second who would you recommend to consign the rifle if it becomes available for sale?

    It is 56"L overall with a 41" Octagonal barrel

    Is this a colonial era weapon?

    Definitely old.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.


    Thanks so much, Charles
     

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  2. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    That is a Kentucky/Pennsylvania Long Rifle, & its Cap & Ball not flintlock..........

    I would say its value is around 800 bucks..........
     

  3. mraardvark

    mraardvark New Member

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    Thanks so much for your help!
     
  4. FrontierTCB

    FrontierTCB Active Member

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    Wood is beautiful for sure.


    Sent from a phone I can use to do my taxes, but can't make a damn call.
     
  5. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Are there any markings or names on the barrel? Some makers put a type of brand or their name around the breech area,, any identifying marks can be researched and give you a much better idea of the rifles age and value.
     
  6. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    You will have to take the barrel off, the Makers Marks are on the underside of the barrel...............
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    As said, the rifle is a caplock, not a flintlock. The percussion cap replaced flint priming, and was first used about 1820- long after the Revolutionary period.

    The American style "long rifle" started in Pennsylvania, around Lancaster, and migrated towards the frontier- VA, KY and Tenn. You need better pictures, higher pixels, showing details. Appears there may be some stock damage.

    There MAY be markings on the lock- many independent makers bought factory made locks to install on their locally crafted guns. Absent being a pristine example of a highly collected maker, the $800 figure is probably fairly close.

    DO have a smith check that the rifle is not loaded (takes about 60 seconds). There are a LARGE number of muzzleloaders that have been hanging over the fireplace for a century with powder and ball in the barrel.
     
  8. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    That's a flintlock style rifle, probably converted to percussion using a new lock. Put it on the American Long Rifle forum and you'll get better information.
     
  9. jimmiep

    jimmiep New Member

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    The wood is not maple. Looking inder the rear flap the wood is walnut that has been burn striped. It's a very nice job and a nice stock. but it's walnut, Maple is a very light wood and curly maple has a lot of burl and yours has no burl.