Antique American LONG RIFLE by SEIDNER Half-Stock Pennsylvania .41 caliber
Well-Made, Signed “Kentucky” c1850 Rifle!
Here we present an antique Half Stock Percussion Long Rifle by Seidner, made circa the mid-19th Century with a Goulcher lock. Its stout octagonal barrel is in .41 caliber, large enough to take small to medium sized game or to defend the homestead against unwanted aggression. The top and side of the barrel are signed either “T.” or “J.” “Seidner”. There is some other small engraving on the barrel. The top flat of the barrel is drilled and tapped, possibly for a very early scope or different rear sight. The current rear sight is a buckhorn. Double set triggers. German silver hardware and a uniquely shaped patch box.
Rifle manufacture in the mid-to-late 19th Century was rapidly changing over from thousands of craftsmen all over the United States and on the Frontier making and selling their wares, to the large factories with standardized assembly lines and modern manufacturing techniques. Many makers’ names of the so-called Kentucky long rifles have been lost over time. This rifle is one such example.
The American Long Rifle, more commonly, but less correctly, known as the ‘Kentucky rifle’, was described by Captain John G. W. Dillin in the dedication to his seminal 1924 book, The Kentucky Rifle:
“From a flat bar of soft iron, hand forged into a gun barrel; laboriously bored and rifled with crude tools; fitted with a stock hewn from a maple tree in the neighboring forest; and supplied with a lock hammered to shape on the anvil; an unknown smith, in a shop long since silent, fashioned a rifle which changed the whole course of world history; made possible the settlement of a continent; and ultimately freed our country of foreign domination. Light in weight; graceful in line; economical in consumption of powder and lead; fatally precise; distinctly American; it sprang into immediate popularity; and for a hundred years was a model often slightly varied but never radically changed.”
The overall condition is good. Strong action. Nice bore with strong rifling. The stock is solid throughout and in very nice shape. This example has an even, smooth patina. A great example of a rifle that would have been found all over the American Frontier!
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Barrel is 40 inches.
Caliber: .41 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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