Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Contemporary Rescue of a New England School Flintlock

Love this rifle. It is a well done contemporary rescue of an beautiful original. It is impossible for my eye to tell where the old stops and the contemporary begins. I have no clue as to who may have done the restoring and my hat is off to him whoever he is.
It has been repaired in New England style like that found on rifles by Silas Allen, Melchoir Fordney, G. Feder, Abraham Schweitzer, and others during the American Long Rifle's Golden Age as well as later rifles built in the Northeast.
I’m thinking the stock may have originally been full length, wedges appear modern.
The barrel and lock appear contemporary and have been artificially aged to a dark brown patina with some texture and minor oxidation. The breech has an honest dark patina and moderate pitting. The brass and silver have an aged patina. 

I can't tell if all the silver inlays are new or not, so well done only an expert will know. (and that leaves me out)
This modified half stock rifle has so many attractive features. Certainly the patchbox finial is the most readily noticeable. However other points like the primarily floral designs among the engraving patterns, a pewter forend cap, silver wedge shields, silver wire scroll and floral designs. Also, attractive shaping of the breech section of the stock, an unmarked thumb plate, shallow cheekpiece with elaborate silver wire and plate inlays with scroll tips. All added to a finely figured curly maple half stock. The plain aged lock and trigger are overshadowed by the care and attention given to the restoration. Wish it was mine.