“Van Teague” Antique Full Stock Kentucky Rifle
American Long Rifle made Circa 1840
Here we present an antique Full Stock Percussion Rifle, made circa 1840.
The American Longrifle, 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.”
This .44 caliber rifle is marked “Van Teague” at the toe of the butt stock. This may have been the maker or the original owner. The right side of the butt stock features a nice brass patchbox. It has a brass trigger guard and butt plate as well. There is a bit of decorative engraving on the top of the barrel, as well as possible maker marks that have worn over time.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces are dark with age. The stock has been repaired around the wrist and lock. The bore is well-rifled and dark, with a bit of oxidation. The action is functional, with no half-cock. The set trigger does not function.
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Barrel is 38-1/4 inches in length.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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