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David R.
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« on: June 05, 2013, 08:10:24 PM »

Looking for some inspiration for another project. Intrigued about a pair of rifles in "Gunsmiths of West Virginia", (Lambert and Whisker, pgs. 72-73) described only as early Honaker rifles. Any one know any history on this family of smiths and perhaps dates for these "early" rifles. There is also a remnant of an iron mounted Honaker in the CLA journal vol. 3 no.1 page 42.
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Don Stith
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 08:23:44 PM »

You might want to look at the one shown on   aspenshadeltd.com
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Virginiaboy
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 07:38:23 AM »

Pm sent. I am a Honaker descendent.
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Hawken62_flint
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 04:14:53 PM »

I believe that we have seen some questions regarding Honaker rifles on the forum in the past and AVLRC (member here) has stated that his wife is related to the Honakers and that there is a Honaker family book, which gives the history of the Honakers.  Maybe AVLRC can post something here to help you out.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 09:33:54 PM »

 Here is 2 Honaker Rifles. Pretty good pictures.
http://www.cowanauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=107047
http://www.cowanauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=107055
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Eric Kettenburg
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 10:53:53 PM »

The first attribution, at the least, is very much a speculative *attribution.*  I would not go so far as to say it is definitively a Honaker rifle.
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2013, 12:26:14 AM »

I'm happy to see someone else is looking for this particular family, as I too am looking for examples of early Virginia rifles in smoothbore, but with a metal patchbox. This is right up my alley.

  Rich
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2013, 01:29:45 PM »

See Page 72 & 73 "West Virginia Gunsmiths" by Whisker & Lambert
See Page 38 & 39  "Long Rifles of Virginia"    by Whisker & Butler

They are a few pictures of their rifles in the "Honaker Family in America" but to small to really be of great help.

If you need a copy of "Gunsmiths of West Virginia" I have a couple third edition hardback copies @75.00 each, or search amazon.com

If you need a copy of " Long Rifles of Virginia" here is one on gunbroker.com
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=346305743
Long Rifles of Virginia book is hard to find.
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2013, 05:36:08 PM »

Here is a link to get the "Honaker Family in America" book. There is some information in this book about the rifle makers. However the pictures are not all that great.
http://www.genealogical.com/products/Honaker%20Family%20in%20America/FH119.html

If you are interested in studying the Honaker's, this  is the easiest  &  most time saving way.
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2013, 09:59:42 PM »

Here is a link to the Contemporary Makers Blog and a posting of the iron mounted interpretation of the Brass Barrel Rifle attributed to Jacob Honaker that I did.  It has a few more angles than you normally see on this very distinctive rifle.

http://contemporarymakers.blogspot.com/2012/08/rifle-by-heinz-ahlers.html
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