John Newcomer the elder was listed as a gunsmith in Lancaster PA in 1767 in a court document according to Kindig then through the 1770s. He died in 1782 and was referred to as “old John Newcomer” possibly because his son had the same name and trade. I surmise he was trained in Great Britain. If he died at age 70 he could have been working as early as 1740 somewhere.Do we have an approximate date this rifle was made by Newcomer? Just curious as what had me intrigued in the original post is the thought that it could be as early as 1760. And, it is a really nice rifle....
Stophel, could you have meant the carving rather than the engraving?The Newcomer attribution is based on the engraved decoration, which is SO similar to that on the signed Newcomer rifle, that it seems apparent that they both are by the same hand, though the two guns don't resemble each other at all otherwise (the signed rifle has normal "rifle type" triggerguard and buttplate and sideplate, so probably not imported from England.
No, I meant the engraving. The carving on the two guns is of different form.Stophel, could you have meant the carving rather than the engraving?
Does anyone have pictures of the J Newcomer signed rifle that is the basis of the attribution that they can share?
Kindig has a picture of a signed Newcomer rifle, is it by any chance the same one?It's probably shown in more than one, but the one I was looking at the other day was "Gunsmiths of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania" by James B. Whisker. Long out of print, I'm sure, as most of the books are.
Stophel said the one shown in Kindig is the same. Here it is.Does anyone have pictures of the J Newcomer signed rifle that is the basis of the attribution that they can share?