Antique Kentucky Rifle Made by John Brooks


This Kentucky rifle was made by Lancaster Pennsylvania gunsmith John Brooks. This rifle is approximately 48 caliber, the barrel is a 44 1/2″ long, its original length. The barrel has a slight taper and flare and the bore is in excellent condition. This rifle is stocked in a very attractive piece of curly maple. There is a small piece of wood that has been replaced near the nose cap on the side plate side of the stock and there is a small repair at the toe of the stock. The lock is in its original flint configuration and is original to the gun, the frizzen has been soled and I believe that this was done during its working life. The trigger is a simple trigger, both trigger and lock function perfectly. The patch box is brass and a typical design that he used on a regular basis. The patch box release is hidden under the toilet seat toe plate and works perfectly. This is a release that John Brooks used on several of his rifles that I have seen.  John Brooks was a very good carver and engraver, I have seen two of his carved and engraved rifles. This rifle is not engraved or raised carved but does have a small amount of incised carving. This rifle probably dates to the 1800 to 1820 time frame, all in all a very good example of John Brooks skill as a gunsmith and a Lancaster PA rifle.



Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 66 × 6 × 10 in


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