NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA FLINTLOCK LONG RIFLE Young Family Antique
.44 SMOOTHBORE PA LONG RIFLE
Here we present an antique Flintlock Long Rifle Attributed to the Young Family of Easton, Pennsylvania in Northampton County, made circa the late-18th Century. This “smooth rifle” has a Northampton County School stock profile and it has a full coverage sideplate on the left. Large brass patchbox that opens with a pushbutton latch with nice shape and engraving. Single trigger. Full-length stock with an octagonal barrel in .44 caliber.
Pennsylvania and Kentucky rifles were the order of the day and were essential tools for providing meat for the table, pest control for the crops and livestock, and protection against beast and man for the homestead. Rifles in this caliber were used for taking medium to large sized game on the frontier to include deer and elk, and likely a few squirrels and rabbits too! Frontiersmen, homesteaders, pioneers, trappers and traders would have used a rifle like this for all of the above.
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. Original patina. The action is in working order. The bore is smooth and untouched. The stock is in good condition overall with signs of use and age.
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Barrel is 42-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .44 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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