Salem, North Carolina
maple –iron –steel –silver –brass
Longrifle made of curly maple–butt and forestock with wrought iron barrel. Having a brass toe plate and patchbox with engraved and cut-out bird decorating the patchbox head; patchbox is screwed in place and simple in design; having a plain lid and button latch. The forestock has small ovoid silver pin escutcheons; four on patchbox side. Having a brass muzzle cap; a ramrod held in place by three ramrod pipes and one rear ramrod pipe, all made of brass. The trigger guard is brass; the lock plate is iron with two engraved birds on the plate to the left of the hammer. The opposite side has a brass star just above the moulded edge of the cheek piece which also has a brass accent. The side plate is a scalloped design of brass with engraving; the thumb plate appears to be silver with an ovoid etched design.
NOTE: Rifle is similar to accession #5633, which is another Salem School rifle.
Given in honor of Henry Grubb, 1791-1843, Davidson County, NC, by his descendants.