May 06, 2020 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Buck & Ball Flintlock Kentucky Rifle

.48 caliber smoothbore, 45.4375" octagonal-to-round wedge-retained barrel with baluster turned rings at the transition, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, full-length hardwood stock with raised cheek rest and simple floral incised carving on the reverse of the butt. Top flat of barrel signed in script with two letters, possibly JT or JL. Unmarked commercial flint lock is a replacement, rifle reconverted to flint. Brass furniture includes rudimentary horse head finial four-piece open work patch box, butt plate, toe plate with cut out shield and circle designs, saddle plate, triggerguard, side plate, ramrod pipes, two-piece barrel wedges and sheet brass nose cap. Fixed notch rear sight, dovetailed blade front sight. Wood ramrod with iron wiper at end secured by two faceted pipes with baluster turned rings and entry pipe of the same design. German silver embellishments include a crescent moon on the cheek rest and oval thumb plate at wrist.


Very good. Barrel and lock with an oxidized brown patina mixed with traces of old browning, showing some scattered surface roughness and some minor light pitting. Mechanically functional, moderately oxidized bore with scattered light to moderate pitting. Stock good with a repaired diagonal crack at the octagonal-to-round transition and some repaired cracks along the forend, forward of the middle wedge. Reverse middle wedge missing. Patch box spring does not work and lid catch must be manually engaged.

Estimate: $2,500 - $4,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

Internet Bidding

Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us

Let Cowan's Handle Your Shipping!

Cowan's Auctions is one of the only houses to offer full service, in-house shipping.  

Shipping costs are included on every invoice to make getting your items as fast and easy as possible. 

ADVICE TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS. Cowan’s will not ship any package containing a firearm to any location other than within the United States. Buyers outside the United States must make their own shipping arrangements taking full risk for the transportation of any firearm.

For more information, click HERE or contact