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    Magnificent Relief Carved 'In The Black - Untouched' Full Stock Pennsylvania Rifle by Iconic Master Gunsmith Leonard Reedy Although Reedy's precise location is somewhat elusive, during a portion of his career, it is clear he produced his earlier rifles in Berks County, with guns, C. 1825 and later, apparently made in Gratztown Dauphin County Pennsylvania, the likely point of origin of this wonderful rifle. Approximately .50 caliber, 42 ¼-inch octagonal smooth bore barrel, brass blade front and slotted iron rear sight. Unsigned lock. Beautifully figured tiger maple stock with brass furniture including buttplate and ornate, lightly engraved patchbox with two rivet catch. Stud release in buttplate. Vacant oval thumbplate. Side plate with Reedy-style two small flanges behind forward plate screw. Full length forestock molding, set ½-inch below barrel, and terminating in scrolls and swirls at rear ramrod pipe. Stock at rear tang with carved foliate pattern surrounding a finely checkered and punch dot center. Classically thin and delicate wrist extends deep into buttstock. Finely carved Roman nose comb with molded edge cheek piece on left side.
    Both ends of cheek piece with extensive Rococo C-scroll relief carving which terminate in Reedy's signature parallel lines within intersecting, ornate and flamboyant floral scrollwork. Overall length 58-inches, with what appears to be the original 41 ¾-inch ramrod with iron tip. Overall excellent condition and quintessentially untouched. Barrel with lightly textured brown patina. All brass also with nice untouched patina. The carving is as crisp as the day it was executed. Wood is fine, also exhibiting rich patina. The wood exhibits some minor scattered dents and a few age/grain cracks with no loss, specifically from the tip of the stock to the front barrel key, which is missing, the forestock just forward of the lower barrel key and another very small one at the rear side plate screw. None of a serious nature, and really detract nothing from the importance or desirability of the rifle. Screws do not appear to have been touched since the day the rifle was made. This beautiful rifle is nearly identical in every respect to the rifle pictured on page 223, plate 87, in "Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle In Its Golden Age" by Kindig.

    An absolutely stunning rifle, for both its superb quality and remarkable condition and an important addition to even the most sophisticated Pennsylvania rifle collection.




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