This rifle's patchbox and a facsimile of the signature are pictured on page 267 as rifle 511 in the classic "Kentucky Rifle Patchboxes & Barrel Marks" by Roy Chandler where it is noted as then owned by Joe Kindig Jr. Other John Meals (1789-1852) rifles are featured in both Chandler's book and Kindig's "Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age" demonstrating some of the wide array of decorative designs Meals employed during his career in the first half of the 19th century in Butler Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. This rifle was almost certainly originally rifled but was bored out to smoothbore during its period of use and has traditional blade and notch sights and a distinct "* John Meals *" signature on the barrel. The lock has beveled profiling. The rifle is equipped with adjustable double set triggers. The furniture is brass and features floral, line, and border engraving and includes a long wear plate that extends between the trigger guard finial and ramrod entry pipe. The full-length stock has incised scroll and floral carving on the butt.
Very good with dark brown patina and moderate oxidation on the lock and barrel, aged patina and generally crisp designs on the brass furniture, and moderate overall wear. The patchbox appears to have been forced open at some point. and the lid is slightly bent. The stock is good and has some erosion around breech and lock, yellow paint at the barrel keys, mild dings and scratches, small chip and absent pin at the toe, a few minor cracks and chips, and mild scratches and dings. The lock and triggers need some work.
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