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Long Rifle

Ledford, Henry __Probably by
Place Made:
Possibly Davidson County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
wood –iron –brass –silver
LOA 54 1/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: A muzzle-loading rifle which is fired by percussion caps. The half stock is highly decorated with four plates. Two spurs on trigger guard. Double-set triggers. Flower design plate with three petals stands in place of patchbox. Eye-shaped plates on wrist. Heart-shaped plate on butt stock. Eye-shaped plate on cheek. Three plates on area side plate usually appears. High comb. Worn in script behind first sight. Octagon barrel with slight grooves; engraving on tip of barrel.

MAKER: Inscribed “H. Ledford” on the barrel, this might be Henry Ledford (1796-1856) of Davidson County, working there during the first half of the 19th century.

Credit Line:
Wachovia Historical Society