This is a very attractive signed John Gonter rifle. It is signed "J. GONTER" on the sideplate which is typical for a Gonter. It has an engraved brass patchbox and incise carving on the left side of the butt. The barrel is unsigned which is typical, Gonter usually signed the sideplates of a lot of his work. The lock is signed "SWEITSER". The octagon barrel is fastened with four wedges and bears a smooth gray brown patina and is stamped on the breech "July 5, 1889". I don't know of any significance to this date. The stock is of beautifully figured curly maple and features incise carving to rear and below cheekpiece as well as at tailpipe and along ramrod channel. The patchbox is of brass and is of 4 piece design and tastefully scroll engraved. It has typical Lancaster style brass furniture. The stock is in good condition with a couple age cracks what are all sound. This is a very attractive Kentucky by a well known maker, modestly priced for a signed gun.
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