OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF A NEW BERLIN GUNSMITH CHARLES BAUM TAKEDOWN RIFLE FEATURED IN “THE KENTUCKY RIFLE & ME” BY EDITH COOPER.
inv # 01-19527
Cal. 36 rifled bore. NSN.
Bbl. 40″ full oct. initialed “CB” on the top flat of the bbl. Overall length 54 1/2″. Charles Baum was producing percussion Kentucky rifles in the New Berlin area from 1832-1846. This very rifle is pictured on plate #79, pg. 87 of Edith G. Cooper’s book “The Kentucky Rifle and Me” when it was still in the T.J. Cooper collection.
This rifle has a brass 4-piece patchbox w/ 12 piercings, brass comb plate, 7″ brass toeplate w/ 4 piercings, 5 1/2″ brass saddle plate which separates in the middle so the forend may be removed for cleaning & 38 silver inlays. The engraved percussion lock was made by Joseph Golcher, PA & has dbl. set triggers. The dark stained stock is curly maple & is nicely incised carved to rear of the cheekpiece. This is a rare takedown type Kentucky rifle, where the entire forend can be easily removed for cleaning the bbl. Charles Baum is one of the Baum family of gunsmiths & he produced percussion, as well as, flint rifles. His guns are often highly inlaid. Charles is the only Baum assessed in New Berlin as a gunsmith after the 1830s.