A wonderful gun exhibiting fine workmanship, exemplary of the "Golden Age" of Pennsylvania rifle makingRelief-Carved, Original Flintlock, Pennsylvania Fowling Piece Signed J. Roop, Circa 1815. The gun is totally "in the black," as found. Believed to be Jacob Roop, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The longest Pennsylvania fowler we've ever seen, with a pin fastened 53" round barrel with flat rib on the top, signed 4" from the breech in script, inside a 12" long line engraved panel "J (circle of dots) Roop". All metal with smooth dark untouched patina. The lock, in its original flintlock configuration, and unquestionably original to the gun, is marked in the center "H & K". Although Roop is consistently listed as working in Dauphin County this gun shows clear and strong influence from the York school, most notably the patchbox. All brass furniture with the exception of a silver wrist escutcheon, silver eight pointed star on the cheek piece, and small silver inlays on the forestock. The side plate utilizes a small screw in addition to the lock bolts. There is also an unusual 3" long brass inlay on the cheekpiece that appears to be representative of a knife. The box is exquisitely engraved including an embryonic bird on the end of the lid. 3" toe plate with line engraving, fastened with two screws. The two screws on the face of the butt plate are missing, with only the original buttplate extension screw in place. The distance between the lower and second ramrod pipe is 9.25", 10.25" to the third pipe and 11.5" to the upper pipe. Curly maple stock excellent, with deep rich smooth patina. There is a relief carved scroll at the barrel tang. A relief carved detail at the front of the comb terminates in C scrolls on the patchbox side of the butt, with opposing C scrolls relief carved forward of the cheek piece. Slender tendril like relief carved scrolls to the rear of the cheekpiece, typical of Dauphin County guns, highlighted by a floral rosette, with small relief carved lozenges below the cheek piece. Nicely carved molding along the bottom of the butt and the ramrod channel. There is an old 0.25" X 2" repair on the forestock on either side of the front ramrod pipe, and one small slightly rough area 10" below the 1.5" brass nose cap, where the original ramrod is in two pieces, and the gun appears to have been sitting against something hot for a period of time, very minor.
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