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Rifle

Artist/Maker:
Peter Christ –P. Cameron
Place Made:
Davidson County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1815-1825
Medium:
iron –maple –silver
Dimensions:
LOA: 59 1/2″; Barrel length 44; Caliber .37 __ __ __ __ __ __See accession folder for more detailed measurements.
Accession Number:
5134
Description:
Rifle showing heavy Salem influence, guilloche designs on the patchbox sideplates. Typical piedmont double incised line along the comb, terminating in an incised beaver tail or tear-drop shaped finial. Some carving on the butt of the rifle. Lock was originally flint, but has been converted to percussion. Octagonal rifled barred of 40 caliber, 44 inches long. Long screw tang
History:
Shows heavy Salem influence on its mounts and architecture. The guilloche designs on the patchbox sideplates were used by some Salem makers, but the patchbox finial is more typical of Davidson work. Carving on the side was rare in the Salem and Davidson schools, but the Davidson school appears to have produced more carving in its work.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund