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Pennsylvania-Kentucky Long Rifle Attributed to Simon Lauck Sr. (1760-1815)

.50 caliber. 46" barrel length. SN: NSN. "Poor-boy" or "Buck and Ball" style Pennsylvania-Kentucky long rifle that has been converted from flintlock to percussion. Browned metal finish with fiddleback maple stock and brass accoutrements. Features an octagonal to round style barrel with a fixed brass blade front sight. Top of octagonal barrel appears to be signed "S. Lauck" and left side has a boxed inverted "L.S." mark. Item has spacing to right sideplate and appears to have been converted from a flintlock action to percussion at some point. There is a silver medallion and several scroll carvings to wrist of stock. Brass sideplate to left side and brass buttplate appear to be in the style used by the Lauck family of gunsmiths.

Originally hailing from the Lebanon County area of Pennsylvania, Simon Lauck Sr. marched with Daniel Morgan's Virginia Riflemen to the aid of Boston on July 14, 1775. Lauck began gunsmithing during or after the Revolutionary War and eventually relocated to the Shenandoah Valley where he operated until his death in 1815. After his death his tools were given to his sons John, Jacob, and William who all established themselves as gunsmiths in Virginia during the early to mid-era (1830's) of long rifles. 

Provenance:Property from the Estate of Mr. Paul Thomas Griffith, Dayton, Ohio

Condition:

Fair. Bore is dark. Finish has a deep brown patina with some pitting and surface oxidation scattered overall. Stock has some dings and scratches overall, with mild cracking and splintering to wood on right side of barrel near muzzle. Wood to metal fit is good in most areas. Action is functional. 

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$6,875
07/15/2021

 

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