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    Relief Carved Flintlock Kentucky Rifle by Jacob Metzger.

    Approximately .50 caliber, 46-inch octagonal barrel. Top flat of octagonal barrel signed in script J METZGER. Silver blade front sight. Flat lockplate appears to read KETLAND / & CO. Tiger maple Fullstock. Relief carved simple scroll designs with some incised carvings. 8 pointed brass star burst on cheekrest. Raised carving on both sides of the rear ferule. Molding around the lock. Early brass furniture with a 4-piece light border design patchbox. Full length wooden ramrod included. Brass circular hang tag stamped 4. Jacob Metzger is listed in Lancaster from 1758 to 1777, then in Frederick Maryland from 1777 until 1802. Another Jacob Metzger example can be seen on The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle by Henry J. Kauffman, Plate 245.
    Note: According to a typed consignor note included with with the gun, this Kentucky rifle was in the collection of the Estate of Frank Tallman, Hollywood stunt pilot. Frank Tallman worked in Hollywood during the 1960's and 1970's. Tallman formed Tallmantz Navigation with fellow stunt pilot Paul Mantz. Based at Orange County Airport (now John Wayne Airport) in California, they provided pilots, camera planes and a small fleet of antique and historic aircrafts for movie and television productions. The consignor also states that Norm Flayderman bought the rifle from Tallman's Estate. When Norm Flayderman died in 2013, there were several auctions with items from his Estate. Robert W, Gruebel bought the Metzger at one of those auctions. Overall length is approximately 62-inches.
    Frank Tallman Estate Collection.
    Norm Flayderman Estate.
    Robert W. Gruebel.
    Private Collection.

    Condition: Very good for its age. Metal good to very good, for its period with a dark and deep brown patina overall, some areas of cleaning. Pitting to lock and hammer, possibly restored. Fair to moderate age wear and handling to wood with some loses and bruising. Wood incised and carvings, some worn smooth with age handling wear. Has old repair and slight crack at wrist. A few small separated and stress cracks running along forestock on both sides. Small cracks near barrel pins, some pins loose. Slight loses to wood near metal bordered areas. Marred screws. Brass furniture with moderate handling wear, some pitting, fine scratches and some bumps/mars. Some verdigris present. Repainted ramrod, possibly replacement. Action good, two-position hammer, Bore is ok, a bit dark.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2019
    9th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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