Extremely Rare and Fine Carved and Figured Maple, Engraved Brass and Steel Flintlock American Long Rifle, John George Rupp (1721-1807), Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Circa 1775
30,000 - 50,000 USD
30,000 - 50,000 USD
Extremely Rare and Fine Carved and Figured Maple, Engraved Brass and Steel Flintlock American Long Rifle
John George Rupp (1721-1807)
Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
The octagonal barrel engraved John Rupp with a .60 caliber smoothbore. Triangular patch in between the rear barrel tang and bold side plate.
Length 58 3/8 in.; Barrel Length 42 in.
In overall fine condition with a beautiful dark, rich, dry surface. The heavily swamped octagonal barrel engraved "John Rupp", with .60 caliber smoothbore. Length from muzzle to tang 42 3/4 in. The stock contains incised carvings with the Lehigh Valley Indian head forward of the trigger guard. The butt is 4 3/4 inches high by 2 inches wide with a large flat cheek piece that protrudes protrudes almost 2 inches from the stock. There is an old break out near the frizzen spring and light rust in the pan. The lock is reconverted and there are multiple patched repairs to the forestock. There is a patch and slight shrinkage to the area above the side plate, to the rear of the barrel tang. Appears to retain its original faceted ramrods.
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There are few records that detail the elder John George Rupp’s (1721-1807) trade as a gunsmith, and the genealogical records of the Rupp family in relation to their gun manufacturing activity further complicates the identification of Rupp rifles, making them of utmost rarity. This is the earliest signed John Rupp rifle known and generally considered the earliest signed rifle made in the Lehigh Valley. This beautifully aged rifle exhibits early, Pre-Revolutionary war attributes as well as those indicative of Lehigh Valley. The gun possesses overall heavier architecture compared to the later rifles as well as a wonderful early roman-nose profile. The decoration is elegantly understated, featuring a dark, dry surface over a subtle curly maple stock with delicately incised carving that includes early foliate C-scrolls on the buttstock, forward the cheekpiece and patchbox, and lower butt molding. The Lehigh Valley ‘Indian head,’ is a feature solely used by this region that is incised with charming naiveite forward of the trigger guard. Foliate designs curling around the base of the ramrod pipe extend in straight lines along either side of the forestock terminating at the muzzle cap. The architecture of the rifle counters its delicate ornament, featuring a more abrupt flat butt plate, thick stock, protruding cheek piece, and broad wrist. The octagonal barrel tapers towards the middle but then flares at the muzzle. The faceted ramrod is yet another early component, which is most definitely period and possibly original. To directly quote Kindig on this Pennsylvania long rifle, “this is a rather choice rifle by a maker whose work is rare.”
Please note that Historic Rock Ford of Lancaster, Pennsylvania has extended the invitation to include this rifle in their upcoming exhibition Long Rifles of the American Revolution: How Lancaster Craftsmen Helped Win, June 1, 2022-October 30, 2022. A comprehensive packet regarding loan information has been prepared for the purchaser of this rifle to explore this opportunity. For further information on Historic Rock Ford, see https://historicrockford.org/long-rifles-of-the-american-revolution/.