629. Pennsylvania Fullstock Flintlock Sporting Rifle by Fordney

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About 44 cal, 45 1/2" octagon barrel. The barrel is an overall pleasing plum brown patina with evidence of some light oxidation and scattered pinprick pitting. It features a simple German silver front sight and flattop v-notch rear and is engraved "J Fordney/Lancaster PA". There is moderate pitting in the area of the touchole, showing a reconversion to flint, also with some minor tool marks in this area. The lockplate fits the inletting rather well and shows some very light open foliate engraving, the hammer, frizzen and frizzen spring modern replacements, the hammer being quite loose. The stock rates very good, the rear showing remnants of original varnish and the overall minor dings and handling marks one would expect from a hard-working rifle that had to put meat on the table. The last 32" of the forend is a replacement, the joint being right at the ramrod thimble, the barrel as well shows two stretched joints. All the brass hardware has toned to a dull goldenrod patina, the patchbox with a pierced keyhole head, with a simple geometric sideplate. There is a chip at the toe which has affected the toeplate and the buttplate with crack at left stock flat and a re-reapplied chip at upper rear of lock. Arm is equipped with double set triggers and a newer ramrod, it is not mechanically functional. Jacob Fordney was active in Lancaster Pennsylvania from about 1830 to 1878 and was a prolific maker of Kentucky rifles and had a contract from the government for Indian muskets as well. A very attractive long rifle for over the mantel. (38460-3) {ANTIQUE} (700/900) SOLD FOR $1,150.00

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