.51 caliber, 40" part round barrel with oxidized bore. this I sa nice late 1790's or very early 1800's Kentucky that exhibits classic Shuler traits. The rifle features a nice early lock with beveled edge and faceted pan and gooseneck cock, an early trigger with curled tip and a typical Shuler patchbox hinged along the lower edge. The stock features lovely incise carving on the left side of butt, around nose of comb and back a few inches along the edges of the comb, around the lock, along the ramrod channel and around the tailpipe. The barrel is unsigned and has three nicely turned rings at the transition to round with a simple open rear sight and a low brass blade front sight mounted on a oval base. There is no rifling evident. The barrel and lock are a deep, rich brown patina with some old scattered light oxidation present on the barrel. The lock shows a little light engraving and possibly a name starting with the letter "C" which is no longer legible. The stock has a wonderful rich color with nice striped figure showing its entire length. The carving remains clear and well defined, this gun has not been sanded or refinished. There are a couple wavy grain cracks between the tailpipe and the front trigger guard tang but they are tight and sound. The furniture is of brass and includes an early style almost flat buttplate with faceted tang, engraved brass patchbox, wide early style triggerguard, sideplate, large tailpipe which acts like a smaller forestock plate, ramrod thimbles and a narrow forestock tip. All brass bears a very pleasant patina and retains a good deal of original finish. This is a great honest Golden Age Kentucky Rifle from the Joseph A. Murphy collection.
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