May 18, 2021 Early Arms & Militaria
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For a similar example with a sliding wooden patchbox and similar carving by J.P. Beck; see number 98 on page 246 of "Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age" (Third Edition) by Joe Kindig Jr. The full length octagon barrel is inscribed "J*P*Beck" on the top flat towards the breech. The flat Germanic lockplate has beveled edges and molding at the tail. The brass furniture is classic J.P. Beck in style. The butt measures 2 1/4" at the widest point, inclusive of the patchbox lid. The figured maple full length stock has attractive form and is quite diminutive. The wrist extends into the buttstock and the rifle has a thin well defined comb. The sliding patchbox lid is original to the rifle and has a flat top section with a flute on each side. There are relief carved panels terminating in teardrops at the back around the lock and sideplate. There are elaborate relief carved scrolls around the barrel tang surrounded by and detailed with incised designs. On the left side of the buttstock there are elaborate sea scrolls on both sides of the molded cheekpiece. The wooden ramrod appears to be original to the rifle. CONDITION: Barrel retains a dark patina with some light pitting towards the breech. Signature is very good and is completely visible. Lock is a good professional reconversion and retains a dark patina. Brass furniture retains a dark undisturbed patina. Stock retains much of its original finish. Carving is crisp and high relief, showing little wear. There is some chipping and cracking above the lockplate and at the tail. Patchbox lid also has a small chip along the top. A small sliver is replaced on the right of the toe and another small sliver is replaced towards the muzzle along the barrel on the left side. This is a very attractive, mostly untouched, and as found example depicting J.P. Beck's finest work. DMG

Item Dimensions: L: 60"
Barrel Length
42 - 3/4"
.54 Rifled
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
FFL Status
Length of Pull
J.P. Beck
Flintllock Kentucky Rifle
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $10,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $78,000.00
Estimate: $20,000 - $50,000
Number Bids: 32
Auction closed on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
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