This rifle by Johann Andreas Kuchenreuter (1716-1795) of Regensburg, Bavaria, was likely manufactured around the 1780s and has a low profile blade front sight, two-leaf rear sight, "JOH. AND. KUCHENREUTER AN REGENSPURG" in silver inlay on the top flat surrounded by silver borders and scroll patterns, Kuchenreuter's golden "knight/JAK" maker's mark between the "AND." and "KUCHENREUTER," rococo style scroll engraving on the barrel tang, gold vent and pan liners, "JA KUCHENREUTER" on the nose of the relief chiseled lock, scene of a dog pursuing a stag along with more rococo scroll patterns on the lock, double set triggers, horn forend cap, single brass ramrod pipe, brass sling swivel, incised and raised relief scroll and floral carving on the stock with some black finish providing contrast, wood trigger guard, a page from an old German book and two round balls in the patch box, sling stud on the bottom of the butt, and bare butt.
Fine with 85% plus of the period refinished bright niter blue finish and attractive aged gold and silver along the barrel, mostly bright lock with some light pitting and crisp designs, and general mild wear. The stock is good and has some filled spots and small repairs, holes behind the upper tang and trigger plate, mostly distinct craving, moderate surface wear, and minor cracks. Mechanically fine.
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