“AS FOUND” JACOB WELSHANS SIGNED, CARVED & ENGRAVED FLINTLOCK RIFLE, EX-KINDIG COLLECTION, CIRCA 1790
inv # 01-18498
Overall length: 60″
Cal. .55. NSN. 60” Overall, 44” oct. smoothbore bbl. signed in script “J. W” between two crosses made from stamped stars, repeated on most of his known survivors. The bbl. also has a maker’s cartouche “GR” on left breech. Fixed notch rear sight & inset brass blade front sight. This rifle is pictured & described in “Kentucky Rifle Patchboxes & Barrel Marks” by Roy Chandler 1971. (page 381, figure 757) Jacob Welshans worked in York County & is listed in the tax records between 1779 & 1807.
Rifle features incised C-scrolls, incised perimeter lines, & checkered wrist. Rifle is brass mounted w/ 4 piece engraved patch box, silver vacant silver plated thumb plate & engraved Hunter’s Star on cheekpiece. Toe plate has similar engraving on either side of patch box door release button.