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Lot 59: George Feder Signed Incised Carved Flintlock American Longrifle

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

George Feder Signed, Engraved, and Incised Carved Flintlock American Long Rifle Featured in Kindig's Classic "Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age"

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

George Feder Signed, Engraved, and Incised Carved Flintlock American Long Rifle Featured in Kindig's Classic "Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age"

Manufacturer: American
Model: Flintlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50
Barrel: 46 1/4 inch part octagon
Finish: brown
Grip:
Stock: curly maple
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 50
Class: Antique
Description:

This rifle is no. 61 in Joe Kindig Jr.'s "Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age" on page 174 and discussed on page 172 where he wrote, " No. 61 is engraved 'G. Feder' in script on the barrel. I believe this rifle was made slightly later than No. 60. It has two silver inlays. The carving is only incised. This rifle indicated Feder's close association at some time with the Lancaster school and particularly Melchoir Fordney. George Feder (aka Feather, Fetter) Sr. is listed in records around 1816-1848 in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, per research by Whisker. The smoothbore octagon to round barrel has traditional dovetailed rifle blade and notch sights and is signed "G . Feder" on top of the breech section. It has some simple engraved accents. The lock has some scroll and border engraving and faint Ketland & Co. marking. The patchbox has a horse-head style finial, spaced side plates, and wavy line and floral engraving. The counter plate is flat and plain and has two piercings. The silver wrist escutcheon is engraved with a floral design, and a silver star with wavy line engraving is on the cheek piece. The stock has incised wavy line and dot patterns along the bottom of the butt, incised scrolls at the rear of the wrist, and an incised floral motif behind the cheek rest.

Rating Definition:

Very good as reconverted to flintlock configuration with a mixture of mostly dark brown patina on the partially refinished lock and barrel, some oxidation and mild pitting, aged patina on the brass and silver, restored forend starting by the ramrod entry pipe, some faint repaired cracks and small chips, refreshed carving, small gap at the bottom of the lock, and very attractive overall appearance. Mechanically fine.



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