.45 caliber, 41" wedge-retained octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, curly maple stock. Top barrel flat signed P Belles in script. Joseph Goulcher marked commercial flint lock with fenced waterproof pan and roller frizzen is an apparent replacement, barrel reconverted to flint. Four-piece brass patch box with six piercings, showing simple engraving around the periphery. Other brass furniture includes the buttplate, toe plate, triggerguard, flat side plate, 1.5" nose cap, two faceted thimbles and matching entry pipe. Raised cheek rest, simple incised lines along toe and forend. Dovetailed notch rear sight with dovetailed brass front sight blade. Brass tipped wood ramrod with iron wiper at end. Peter Belles worked in Dauphin County, PA during the second quarter of the 19th century. A similar rifle that is more highly embellished and likely from the earlier part of Belles' career is pictured and described in Kindig's Thoughts on The Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age on pages 226 and 227.
Good. Barrel moderately oxidized with some light to moderate pitting, mostly at the breech area. Iron with a plum brown patina. Brass cleaned with a golden tone that is starting to dull slightly. Mechanically functional lock, bore with moderate oxidation and scattered light to moderate pitting. Stock appears lightly sanded with some rounding to the sharp edges, incised lines in forend weak. Some wood loss and burn out between hammer and tang. Forend with a repair at the nose cap and some minor slivering along the upper edge. Patchbox spring and catch broken, door will not lock in place.
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