Salem, North Carolina
DATE MADE: 1807
maple –iron –steel –brass –silver
LOA 60-1/2″; barrel LOA 45 1/2″; caliber .43
DESCRIPTION: Brass-mounted flintlock rifle. Two spurs on trigger guard. Double-set triggers. Toe plate extends to rear trigger guard extension. High moulded edge of cheek piece with incised line. One screw on barrel tang. Inscript on silver plate behind first sight. High comb with incised line. Pins or nails missing onfore-stock. Badly worn wood.
This brass-mounted flintlock rifle, with Cr. Vogler / Salem N.C. 1807 engraved on a silver plate inlayed into the barrel behind the rear sight, is Salem’s earliest dated rifle. Although modest in decoration, this rifle does display many of the Salem School characteristics. These include an incised line running along the comb from the butt plate to the wrist, as well as a brass toe plate which runs from the butt to the double spur of the hooked trigger guard.
LABEL NOTES: Although this piece is missing many of the common Vogler characteristics, the piece has a high comb that is incised.
Gift of Mrs. Harold Vogler