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.
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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