Author Topic: Kentucky Squirrel rifle?  (Read 3833 times)

vhawk

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Kentucky Squirrel rifle?
« on: September 06, 2010, 12:54:27 AM »
Hi all;
I recently posted a few pictures of my powder horns and "Louis Smith" Kentucky and thought that I should also post some pics of, what I believe is, a mid-19th century Kentucky percussion squirrel rifle which I've had since the late '70's.
It has a fairly plain patch box and the rifle is 50.5" in overall length. The barrel is 32 3/4".
The lock has a worn/faded "Josh Golcher" signature (the "h" is smaller and higher than the other letters and the "r" is almost completely worn.
My forte is militaria and I know little about Kentuckies or squirrel guns/rifles, so I'd appreciate any info you may have on this weapon (including potential value).
Thanks,

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scooter

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Re: Kentucky Squirrel rifle?
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2010, 05:24:52 AM »
Louis Octavius Smith (1816-). 1850-59, Tiffin, OH, researched by Don Hutslar in his 1st 1 volume book on OH gunsmiths and also in the later 5 vol set on OH gunsmiths published by the Assn of Ohio Long Rifle Collectors. Of course his research was copied by Frank Sellers, American Gunsmiths. Having put together the later 5 vol set, I can tell you that your gun is typical of guns from that area. What Sellers did not bother to copy was the report to the US Census of Industry in 1850 in which re noted he had 2 men working; had bought 24 rifle barrels over previous 12 months for$66; purchased 24 rifle stock blanks for $24; made 24 rifles. His overall business yielded $1500 for the previous year. Hutslar did not locate Smith after 1859 so the field is wide open for your further research. Most OH guns c.1850 are half-stock. What is barrel length?

scooter

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Re: Kentucky Squirrel rifle?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 06:38:22 PM »
I have not located the Smith rifle of which you posted photos. The "squirrel rifle" just posted could easily pass for an OH made gun including the Tiffin, Seneca Co, OH, location Smith worked at. If unsigned one will not be able to discern maker. This style was used on out west of OH also. Very pretty piece, nice curl, condition seems to be 95% +. all on positive side.