“W.A.T.” Signed BARREL LONG RIFLE .42 Cal PIONEER FRONTIER c1840s Antique
Possibly William Allen Throckmorton of McKean, PA
Here we present an antique W.A.T. Signed Half Stock Long Rifle, made circa the mid-19th Century. Its stout octagonal barrel is in .42 caliber, large enough to take small to medium sized game or to defend the homestead against unwanted aggression. Very nice striped maple stock. Heavy profile barrel with rounded muzzle. Double set triggers. The initials on the top of the barrel may be for William Allen Throckmorton of McKean County, Pennsylvania.
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.
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 very good. Original finish/patina. Strong action. Untouched, well-rifled bore. The stock has fantastic striped grain and though there are a couple period splits it is stable and solid. Absent ramrod. “W.A.T.” signed barrel.
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Barrel is 34-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .42 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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