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A PENNSYLVANIA LONG RIFLE
by John Shuler, Liverpool, PA, circa 1820; with another rifle
A PENNSYLVANIA LONG RIFLE by John Shuler, Liverpool, PA, circa 1820; with another rifle

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A PENNSYLVANIA LONG RIFLE
by John Shuler, Liverpool, PA, circa 1820; with another rifle
The octagonal barrel, marked JOHN SHULER/Liverpool, Pa, having decorative brass fore-sight, and simple rear sight, and bearing the embellishments of intertwining line-work along top flat and around muzzle, the face of which is stamped with a pattern of eight stars. The percussion lock, a conversion from flintlock, marked Kelker & Bros./Harrisburg is decorated with simple scrolls. Stripped maple stock (some period replacement pieces to wood), finished in a deep brown colour, semi-basket pattern checkering at wrist, mounted with six German silver oval plates along fore-end and six German silver plates of various patterns on butt, brass ram rod pipes and wear-plate, patch-box with engraved decorations. Bearing three copper re-inforcing plates held by numberous screws at breech, an old repair from broken stock, now quite sound. Together with another rifle having unmarked barrel and plain maple stock. Period barrel, percussion conversion lock, stock of second rifle modern.
First rifle, 35 inch barrel
Second rifle, 37 inch barrel
John Shuler, Liverpool, Pennsylvania around 1808-15. Maker of US contract flintlock pistols 1808. See Flayderman's Guide, 7th Edition, page 297 and Der Neue Stockel by Heer, page 1140 (Schuler), Liverpool Pennsylvania 1804-1879, son of John and brother of Joseph and Samuel. (2)
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