Hi thanks for letting me join this community. I’m over in England and have inherited a rifle. Can anyone help me with it’s identification and share their knowledge with me. I’ve attached some pictures. Thanks in advance Peter
This is what I see.
Percussion to flint conversion.
added patch box
rough stock work
All together, my personal opinion is that this is a more contemporary build with old parts.
There is a chance that this may be an old original percussion rifle that has had some "work done".
Thanks everyone, yes the lock reads p Neihart, I’ve no idea of its past only that my father who had a fair size collection of assorted guns, swords etc purchased it some years ago. I do agree the lock is not original to the gun as the wood to metal fit is poor.
I would point out that among the five civilized tribes we know there were gun smiths that were restocking guns. Random old parts mixed in to a new gun might not mean it’s a new build. Is it 1850s or before? Or 1950s?
A photo of a Gettysburg civilian who fought and was wounded on the first day showed him with his war of 1812 US musket, greatly modified. This could be an antique ‘original’ rifle with out being an first time build.
I was not meaning to sound obtuse....I was trying to be more "tongue in cheek". If I could go back and edit out the sharpness of that response ...I would.
The engraving on that lock plate is not right. It looks (trophy shop) modern. The pan and the cock are a mess, typical of the '1960s-80's Dixie Gunworks type parts used to convert old locks (usually percussion... that were always percussion "back" to flint.
The rifle is very interesting. IMHO it's a mid-late 19th Century lower to middling quality piece or a more recent restock of a mid 1800s percussion rifle. Let's just say ...it's been enhanced.