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Long Rifle

Bruner III, Henry
Place Made:
Rowan County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
curley maple, brass, silver
LOA: 60 3/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Fullstock flintlock with full-length octagon barrel. Leaf-engraved patchbox with six piercings. Detail incise work on butt-stock through wrist. Eight-point silver star on cheek piece. Brass touch-hole pick holder. Silver eye-shaped pin escutcheons. Engraved brass toe plate. Only one screw on barrel tang. Leaf-engraved brass side plate. Silver thumb plate. Lip-shaped silver fore-stock plate. Silver into brass butt plate and trigger guard. Double-set triggers.

STYLE: This rifle is one of three existing rifles made by Henry Bruner III. The flowing incised c-scroll carving (similar to MESDA Acc. No. 2422), and the use of an incised molding which follows the bottom of the stock and terminates forward of the trigger guard. Other standard details of the region include the forestock molding and the use of false wedge-heads die-struck into the forestock inlays.

MAKER: Henry Bruner III (1789-1819) was a third-generation gunsmith in Piedmont North Carolina. Both his father, Henry Bruner (d. 1803), and his grandfather, Henry Bruner (1719-1769), had been early gunsmiths in the Yadkin River Valley.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Spach