• Antique Arms and Armour and Co auction at Christies

    Sale 5477

    Antique Arms and Armour and Collectors Firearms

    30 September 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 162

    AN AMERICAN 80-BORE FLINTLOCK PENNSYLVANIA RIFLE OF THE CHAMBERSBURG SCHOOL

    THE BARREL SIGNED A. SCHWEITZER, THE LOCK SIGNED G. THOMSON, CIRCA 1815-20

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    AN AMERICAN 80-BORE FLINTLOCK PENNSYLVANIA RIFLE OF THE CHAMBERSBURG SCHOOL
    THE BARREL SIGNED A. SCHWEITZER, THE LOCK SIGNED G. THOMSON, CIRCA 1815-20
    With octagonal sighted barrel with recessed muzzle and with 'A. SCHWEITZER' script signature towards the breech, flat bevelled border engraved lock signed 'G. THOMSON' and with semi-rainproof pan and roller, figured striped maple full stock incised with scrolls, brass mounts including scroll engraved hinged patchbox-cover with pierced engraved brass surround and pistolgrip trigger-guard with characteristic Chambersburg Bedford County mouldings, set triggers, German silver escutcheon, and wooden ramrod
    35in (88.9cm) barrel


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    A very similar rifle by Abraham Schweitzer is illustrated in Joe Kindig, Jr., Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age, p. 490, pl. 228