Original Item: Only one available. This is a fantastic example of an octagonal barreled “Kentucky” style rifle, which more correctly is known as a Pennsylvania Rifle. It is in one of the standard calibers we usually see these in, .43.-45″, and has a heavy octagonal barrel. The rifle was built in the United States using a “trade” flintlock from England, marked LONDON / WARRANTED. This was very common in the early 19th century American firearms.
We estimate that this octagonal barrel rifle was made about 1818, and it is marked on the top of the barrel by maker JOHN DERR. John (and on some records – Johannes) Derr was one of Berks County, Pennsylvania’s most prolific gun makers. He made rifles, smooth bore guns and pistols of a wide variety of styles, including swivel rifles from 1800 until 1850. He was trained by Henry Mauger and his standard patch box design is similar to Maugers. He often used barrels made by the Wyomissing Creek barrel makers in Cumru Township.
This wonderful rifle features all brass mounts, including a “resting bar” on the underside of the forestock. The full length stock is made entirely from “Tiger” Maple, which is highly “flame” figured from muzzle to butt, probably one of the most attractive stocks we have ever seen. There is no damage, cracking, or repairs that we can see. It has
a lovely cheek piece on the left side, with a brass “Moon” inlay. The right side has a spring loaded “horsehead” patch box, which is unlocked using a hidden button on the toe of the butt stock, which looks like an extension of the butt plate. There is also an unmarked brass escutcheon on the back of the wrist.
The lock on this example is functional, though the tumbler is worn, so it will fire at both half and full cock. We checked the bore, and it looks to have seen quite a bit of use, which has worn the rifling away. The barrel is equipped with low profile standard fixed sights. There is a replacement ramrod installed, which is just a dowel with a spiral design stained onto it.
A great early Pennsylvania Flintlock Rifle in fantastic condition. A truly lovely specimen, ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: c.1820
Caliber: approx .43″
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 42 Inches
Overall Length: 58 1/2 Inches
Action type: Side Action Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading
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