The lot 3067, John Meals (1789-1852) 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. Other John Meals 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 has blade and notch sights, "J*Meal" signed on top, an "A.W. SPIES/WARRANTED" with floral and martial pattern engraving, floral and scroll engraving on the side plate and patchbox that matches the incised carving on the left side of the stock, incised lines along the forend, and toe plate.
Good as reconverted to flintlock configuration with mix of brown patina and applied brown finish on the barrel, gray and brown patina on the lock, aged patina on the brass, replacement toe plate, and work at the breech. The refinished stock is fair and has a pieced repair at the wrist that is separating, some additional repairs elsewhere, smooth refreshed finish, and mild scratches and dings. Mechanically fine.
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