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Flint-lock Longrifle

Vogler, Johann George
Place Made:
Salisbury North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
maple –iron –silver –brass
LOA 60 1/2″; Barrel LOA 45″; caliber .37
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Flint-lock rifle. Engraved on silver inlay on top of barrel “Ge Vogler Salisbury” and on lock “J. Vogler”. Brass patch box with silver eagle. Engraved brass plate opposite lock and below cheek rest (with silver pin holder). Silver eagle on cheek rest. A few stock pin shields may be original. The rest were not made by the same hand that made the other inlays–perhaps done by an apprentice. The hammer is old but not the original one. Double-set triggers. Trigger guard with one spur. Engraved patchbox with eagle patchbox head; eight piercings on box, two on head. Leaf shaped plate on cheek has incised eagle. Eight-point star on buttstock and right wrist. Half moon plate on left wrist. Lock plate and side plate are on relief molding; both have engraving. Toe plate has two piercings and flowers engraved on it. High comb has incised line. Eye-shaped pin escutcheons. One screw on barrel tang. Plain thumb plate.
Ge Vogler Salisbury is engraved on a silver plate inlayed into the barrel of this rifle, and J. Vogler is engraved on the lock plate. Though the rifle was made by George Vogler, the lock was made by John Vogler and follows English design. The rifle exhibits many characteristics of the Salem School in both architecture and ornamentation. The patchbox lid and the side plate are replacements of the original parts.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Theo Liipfert Taliaferro