October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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For another nearly identical example, see pages 309-311 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II" by George D. Moller. Probably circa 1814, when two companies ordered rifles for their men. An accompanying letter from Joe Kindig states that the letters "TG" inscribed on the sideplate probably stand for Thomas Gay, a Pennsylvania inspector. There is another rifle with the same marking on the sideplate that is known to exist. He states that about a dozen of this pattern are known and that they were probably made for the volunteer militia in Southeastern Pennsylvania. There is also a document accompanying the rifle that states in Figure 5 of "Pennsylvania Game News" from February of 1965, this rifle is shown, as it was used by by Bob Housa to kill a bear. The heavy deeply rifled barrel is octagonal, except for the last 2", which are rounded, perhaps for a bayonet. There is no lug present. However, the rifle has an original bayonet with no groove for a socket and fits the rifle perfectly. The flat lockplate has beveled edges, a reinforced cock, and a diagonal line near the tail. Lockplate is stamped "SWEITZER" in the center. Brass two piece military type patchbox, flat Lancaster style sideplate inscribed with large "TG", and trigger guard with convex surfaces. Buttplate with non-faceted tang and push button patchbox release on top. Small flat brass toeplate. Plain maple stock with brass nosecap, key-fastened barrel. Complete with period wooden ramrod. CONDITION: Barrel has deep rifling and retains a spotted grey patina, touch hole relined. Lock is in its original flintlock configuration and mechanism is crisp, markings excellent, retains a grey patina. Brass retains a mellow unpolished dark mustard patina. Stock is good with some scattered age cracks, especially along forend. Bayonet retains a dark pitted surface. One piece replaced above sideplate. Probably one of the finest militia Kentucky rifles known. PROVENANCE: Purchased in March, 2000 at Baltimore show from David Stewart. Robert Sadler Collection. DMG
Barrel Length
37 - 3/4"
.56 Rifled
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
FFL Status
Length of Pull
Jacob Dickert, Attributed
Pennsylvania Militia Rifle
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Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $3,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,900.00
Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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