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Longrifle

Artist/Maker:
Vogler, John
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1805-1815
Medium:
curly maple –silver –iron
Dimensions:
LOA of barrel: 44 3/4″; LOA overall: 60 1/2″; caliber .36
Accession Number:
3461
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Silver-mounted flintlock long rifle. Single spur on rear trigger guard extension. Double-set triggers. Inscript on lock with engraving, lock on moulding. Silver patchbox with six piercings and eagle patchbox head. Nine piercings on toe plate that extends to rear trigger guard extension, engraving on toe plate. Silver eye-shaped pin escutcheons. Wood broken at rear ramrod pipe; re-stock moulding with several incised lines. Engraved, eight-point silver star on butt plate. Silver plate with engraved eagle on cheek, high moulded edge of cheek piece. Silver touch-hole pickholder. Engraved silver side plate on moulding. High comb with incised line to set it off from wrist. Silver thumb plate. Inscript on silver plate behind first sight.

LABEL NOTES: This piece has all the elements that are considered common to the Voglers. The characteristics include: a silver eagle on the cheek, an eight-point star on the butt, a silver touch-hole pickholder, an eagle patchbox head, silver escutcheons, and a distinct comb.

RELATED NAME: Witherspoon, Gavin.

History:
This rifle was made around 1810 for the Revolutionary War hero, Captain Gavin Witherspoon (1748-1834) of Darlington County, South Carolina. Witherspoon was wealthy planter, member of the South Carolina legislature, and famous during the Revolutionary War as one of General Francis Marion’s scouts. The original cost of the rifle was $125.00; thus, it was a very expensive rifle at the time of purchase. The rifle descended in the family from Captain Witherspoon to his granddaughter, Jane Witherspoon Evans, to her grandson Kendall Witherspoon Evans (1901-1991).
Credit Line:
Old Salem Purchase Fund