NICHOLAS BEYER DAUPHIN COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA FLINTLOCK.
inv # 01-16158
Caliber: about 50
Barrel: 42 3/4″ oct. w/ rifled bore. Top flat is script marked “N. Beyer”.
Sights: Brass blade front sight w/ fixed U notch rear sight.
Stock: Full length curly maple stock w/ deep cherry finish is fastened by 4 iron keys.
Markings: Engraved trade lock is marked “T. KETLAND & Co.”.
Notes: “Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age” by Joe Kindig, Jr. describes Nicholas Beyer as “One of the most prolific of the better rifle makers”. Kindig goes on to say that records establish him as a gunsmith in Annville Township from 1807-1810 & that he worked from “about the close of the Revolutionary War until at least 1815”.