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Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle

Artist/Maker:
Foltz, George
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1849
Medium:
walnut –iron –brass –silver
Dimensions:
LOA 56-9/16″
Accession Number:
5680.1
Description:
Walnut muzzle loading percussion rifle with iron barrel and lockplate; having a brass toe plate with dotted half circle detail; having a brass butt-plate, patchbox and heel extension. The patchbox has a brass eagle facing right, and sitting on top of the decoratively incised patchbox with foliate and half circle detail. The lockplate has an incised bird sitting in the grass. The thumbplate is silver with half circle detail. The brass side plate is small and has a bird incised on it. The trigger guard is brass. Just above the moulded cheek piece are two silver birds with incised detail. The forestock has brass ramrod pipes and a incised curled line that runs the length. The ramrod is a replacement.
History:
The rifle, pouch and powder horn were a birthday gift for Foltz’s twelve year old nephew, David Reich who lived on a farm in another Moravian settlement in West Salem, Illinois.
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Reich in memory of Matthews Reich and George and Verona (Reich) Foltz.