Kentucky Flintlock Rifle By Robert Woods

.45 caliber, 42.5" octagonal barrel, browned finish, brass furniture, German silver decorations, maple stock. Top of barrel marked Robert Woods in script in a decorated brass plaque. Flint lock is marked J. EDMOND / WARRANTED. Lock appears to be original flint, as does barrel. Lock with fenced and bridled, rounded iron pan and flat, faceted swan-necked cock. Four-piece, engraved brass patchbox (lid not engraved), with Daisy style head with extended finial. Two-piece brass buttplate, flat brass side plate, brass nosecap and brass triggerguard with lightly engraved extension plate to the the entry pipe. Two faceted brass ramrod thimbles and a matching, faceted entry pipe secure a horn tipped wooden ramrod with tin end. Barrel secured by four wedges that pass through German silver escutcheons from the reverse and terminate in German silver escutcheons on the obverse. German silver escutcheon plate at wrist with the script initials AS. Lightly edge decorated German silver escutcheon plate inlaid in raised cheek rest, with brass pick pipe under cheek rest. Roman Nosed stock with 1.4" wide butt, and incised lines along the upper edge of the toe line and forend. Notched rear sight, brass blade front sight. This rifle is pictured on page 174 of The Kentucky Rifle by John G.W. Dillin as plates #3 & #4, attributed to the author's collection. After the physical description the author simply notes "Very Beautiful". We couldn't agree more. A wonderful American rifle in all respects.

Robert Woods worked in Pocono, PA c1828 (Sellers).


Fine. Rifle retains no finish on the barrel, but shows a nice, evenly oxidized patina with scattered flecks and freckles of surface oxidation and a few areas of discolored pinpricking. Brass with an even, mellow patina. Lock fully functional, bore with deep rifling, dirty and lightly pitted along its length. Stock very good with a minor repair at the toe, a repaired crack at the lock mortise behind the hammer and a couple of small repairs in the forend. Some burn out behind the hammer as well, and the expected scattered handling marks and dings. Amazingly, the rifle appears to have escaped the usual "help" forced on guns by their owners, like aggressive cleaning or major repairs. A really lovely rifle with an even look that appears to be essentially unmolested since the gun was published in 1924.

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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