Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1054: John Noll Smoothbore Flintlock American Long Rifle

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Engraved, Relief Carved, and Silver Accented John Noll Smoothbore Flintlock American Long Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Engraved, Relief Carved, and Silver Accented John Noll Smoothbore Flintlock American Long Rifle

Manufacturer: American
Model: Flintlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 42 5/8 inch octagon
Finish: brown
Stock: maple
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 54
Class: Antique

The smoothbore barrel is signed with "IN" ("JN") on a silver oval along with a dagger shaped mark and a small "B." The dagger shaped marking, initials, and other attributes such as the rectangular patchbox release identify this rifle as the work of John Noll (1747-1824) of Franklin County, PA, who is associated with the Chambersburg School. The silver wrist escutcheon is inscribed "JW." The inside of the floral engraved lock plate is stamped "KETLAND." The furniture is brass, and the side plate, toe plate, and patch box have light scroll and floral engraving. The toe plate also has a small mask with a "neck beard" at the front tip, and there is a bone inlay between the toe plate and the rear trigger guard finial. The full-length stock has incised double line molding along the forend, nicely shaped tear drop flats, raised relief scroll carving, single line molding along the bottom of the buttstock, and some checkered patterns among the scroll carving at the barrel tang and behind the cheekpiece.

Rating Definition:

Good as reconverted to flintlock configuration. The barrel and lock have a blend of dark patina and applied brown finish along with mild oxidation concentrated at the breech and some minor pitting. The silver has light aged patina. The brass furniture has mostly distinct engraving and natural aged patina. The restored stock is also good and has some cracks and repairs concentrated by the lock and in the forend, worn carving at the entry pipe and barrel tang, more distinct carving on the butt, and some dings and scratches.

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