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General discussion => Antique Gun Collecting => Topic started by: Smithow on October 16, 2011, 07:09:23 AM

Title: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 16, 2011, 07:09:23 AM
I have recently acquired my 4X Grandfathers rifle that he carried in the American Revolution...Yes, I have the previous owners documented including his estate sale in 1838. I have contacted a horn maker of some repute for his help in researching the info.

 "M Scott" in script and I have the
complete history of the rifle after it was sold at Robert Elliott's
estate sale in 1838.The rifle's major significance is truly to my
family's history. To realize that the piece contributed to American
history of 200 years ago is an amazing fact. A well known Georgia
horner may make a powder horn to signify the many revolutionary
battles that my ancestor was in.

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Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: nord on October 18, 2011, 02:33:09 AM
Your rifle has been posted as requested. After viewing the photos I feel it only fair to share my opinion of the piece and maybe ask some further questions.

Provenance notwithstanding your rifle would seem to have few of the qualities that might tie it to even the late 1700's. Even if I were to grant that the lock may have been changed or the rifle converted to percussion, the piece would seem to have none of the architecture associated with early long rifles.

I certainly understand that this rifle is a family treasure which is just as it should be. Further, I understand that you can document the rifle back to the late 1830's. Though I'd normally opine a much later piece sans documents, I can live with the 1838 date... But not even so much as a decade earlier than that.

I'd guess that the rifle was made as a rather utilitarian item. A working gun if you will. The patchbox may well have been added at some point but I doubt it to be original. And while the patchbox may be functional, in my opinion it's anything but a work of art.

While I have no doubt that your several times great grandfather served in the Revolution, I sincerely doubt that this rifle had anything to do with that part of history. I'm inclined to believe that your rifle postdates the Revolution by about a half century.

Think of it this way if you will... Photos indicate a rifle we might normally think of as being made within a few years of the Civil War. Your 1838 date stretches this back by a quarter century.  That's a long time!

Then there's the matter of your ancestor. For the sake of argument I'll say that he was a young man of twenty in 1780. Thus he was born sometime around 1760. By the year 1838 your grandfather was approaching the age of eighty. While not entirely impossible for a man of that age being presented a working rifle, I find it somewhat questionable.

Possibly someone here will put my misgivings to rest. That's why we're here. Believe me, I want the rifle to be authentic. The problem is that evidence provided by the photos seems contrary to your family records.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Dave K on October 18, 2011, 02:35:29 AM
That is great having some family history that was in the Revolution. The style of the gun sure looks allot later than that though. Almost about the age of the auction around 1838. Just my opinion, but the whole stock looks much later than even 1800. Do you suppose it was restocked? The butt plate and trigger guard also look of mush later build also. It is not unusual for information to get attached to the wrong gun as the years pass by. But, I maybe wrong.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: louieparker on October 18, 2011, 03:00:43 AM
I would agree with the other post ..When this rifle was made the war had long been over ..
Could be a case where there was an earlier gun that left the family and the story stayed with this one ..Sorry but its just not a Revolutionary period gun ..I have heard several stories of granddads Civil war gun that turned out to be a Springfield  rifle made in the eighteen seventies . LP
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: flintriflesmith on October 18, 2011, 03:30:49 AM
Smithow,
You didn't mention where your family was from but this rifle looks very closely related to some made in or around Botetourt County. Virginia (near Roanoke) in about 1835 (give or take 5 years). Maybe it was a nearly new rifle when listed in the 1838 estate auction.

One I owned in the late 1960s had almost the same side opening box and it was signed Kinser, a documented maker from the region. I'll check the files and see if M. Scott is listed in the same area.

A picture of the cheek side side would be helpful as would good close shots of the box, toe plate, and the push button in the comb--even though it appears the inlay around the button is lost.

The hook breech is an unusual feature on any longrifle and indicates a gun of better than average quality. Perhapsjust the sort of rifle an aging Rev War veteran would have been buying late in his life. That could explain the family attribution.

Gary
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 18, 2011, 03:52:13 AM
Thanks, Robert Elliott married Elizabeth Childress in Botetouty Couny, Virginia June 1873. I grew up in Roanoke Born in  1932. This rifle may have been built after the Revolution, but he did own it at his death in 1838.

Thanks, smithow
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: LynnC on October 18, 2011, 04:06:44 AM
Did you notice the 2 piece stock with the separation just above the entry pipe?  Perhaps part of the take down feature to go along with the hooked breech.   Fore end stays with the barrel when taken down for cleaning.  If original to the gun, it is unusual.  Other possible explanations for the splice too....

Interesting rifle...................Lynn
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: bgf on October 18, 2011, 04:25:27 AM
Did you notice the 2 piece stock with the separation just above the entry pipe?  Perhaps part of the take down feature to go along with the hooked breech.   Fore end stays with the barrel when taken down for cleaning.  If original to the gun, it is unusual.  Other possible explanations for the splice too....

Interesting rifle...................Lynn

Lynn,
I noticed the same thing (very straight "break" across the grain), but wondered instead if it hadn't been built as a half-stock and had the rest spliced on; your idea is better.  Only argument I can think of "against" your idea is that it would be even better not to have a barrel pin before the entry pipe ( some SW Va. rifles don't have any pins until past the entry pipe), but maybe "takedown" was a new concept at that time.  Also, it has way too many barrel pins (or at least holes), but I was thinking maybe the barrel could have been shortened (new pin holes in stock) and that would explain it.  Just to be clear, I like your idea, just sharing my puzzlement over the same thing :).

Oops, on second thought, I guess it has to have a pin on the breech side if it has a hooked breech and is a takedown?
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: msmith on October 18, 2011, 04:51:53 AM
I can't find a Scott in the Virginia books I have, but Sellers has a Matthew Scott ,Floyd Virginia.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: flintriflesmith on October 18, 2011, 04:54:57 AM
Thanks, Robert Elliott married Elizabet Childress in Botetouty Couny, Virginia June 1873. I grew up in Roanoke Born in  1932. This rifle may have been built after the Revolution, but he did own it at his death in 1838.

Se my pevious post about his war recod.

Thanks, smithow

Glad the regional style of the rifle matches up to your family history/roots.

I'm from Salem (born 1946) and my GGG Grandfather was from Botetourt County. He moved to Montgomery Co. just before the Civil War. During the Rev War my part of the Brumfield clan was down in Pittsylvania county and others were out on Big Stony Creek in Giles. I've never found a rifle in my family. I think they sold off the last one during the depression.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: msmith on October 18, 2011, 05:05:50 AM
Floyd County,Virginia Industry 1860 List a Matthew Scott, Gunsmith, Cap. Invested 1500.00,Employees 3, Slaves 0, Gross Profits 1100.00.
Federal Census 1850 Gunsmith     Jacksonville ,Floyd VA
Federal Census 1860 Gunsmith
Federal Census 1870 Blacksmith
Federal Census 1880 Silversmith
 
Born 1817 Died 1896
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: LynnC on October 18, 2011, 06:45:28 AM
bgf - I see some extra pin holes in the fore end.  Perhaps the stock broke and the broken section cut out and butt jointed.  Barrel could be cut and re-breeched.  Your thoughts on half stock converted to full stock are just as plausible.  A careful dis-assembly might tell.........Lynn
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 18, 2011, 07:08:21 AM
The Matthew Scott might ?? be THE answer. Many of my Virginia ancestors were the area around Floyd County. My G grandfater enlisted in the CSA at Floyd Courthouse. Botetourt County was formed 1769-1770. Floyd was formed from Montgomery in 1831.

Please explain "hooked breech"

THANKS , Guys

PS. I have the dates that Virginia counties were formed and from what OTHER county. Very interesting info.
Smithow
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Gaeckle on October 18, 2011, 04:35:38 PM
Did you notice the 2 piece stock with the separation just above the entry pipe?  Perhaps part of the take down feature to go along with the hooked breech.   Fore end stays with the barrel when taken down for cleaning.  If original to the gun, it is unusual.  Other possible explanations for the splice too....

Interesting rifle...................Lynn

Lynn,
I noticed the same thing (very straight "break" across the grain), but wondered instead if it hadn't been built as a half-stock and had the rest spliced on; your idea is better.  Only argument I can think of "against" your idea is that it would be even better not to have a barrel pin before the entry pipe ( some SW Va. rifles don't have any pins until past the entry pipe), but maybe "takedown" was a new concept at that time.  Also, it has way too many barrel pins (or at least holes), but I was thinking maybe the barrel could have been shortened (new pin holes in stock) and that would explain it.  Just to be clear, I like your idea, just sharing my puzzlement over the same thing :).

Oops, on second thought, I guess it has to have a pin on the breech side if it has a hooked breech and is a takedown?


That splice may be a repair as the rifle was crafted as a halfstock with the barrel rib being made of wood (just a guess) the rib may have broken at one time and the solution would be to splice a forstock from a previous rifle (with a possible shattered wrist perhaps?) to make a full stocked gun. Lifting the barrel from the stock may reveal points of attatchment where the rib would have been securred....just a thought........
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: flintriflesmith on October 18, 2011, 06:01:48 PM
Floyd County,Virginia Industry 1860 List a Matthew Scott, Gunsmith, Cap. Invested 1500.00,Employees 3, Slaves 0, Gross Profits 1100.00.
Federal Census 1850 Gunsmith     Jacksonville ,Floyd VA
Federal Census 1860 Gunsmith
Federal Census 1870 Blacksmith
Federal Census 1880 Silversmith
 Born 1817 Died 1896

A gunsmith born in 1817 would normally have served as an apprentice until about 1837-38. That suggests that this rifle was made -- as the style indicated -- no earlier than 1838. If it is the same rifle as the one in the estate of Robert Elliott it must have been brand new.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Dphariss on October 18, 2011, 09:27:17 PM
The Matthew Scott might ?? be THE answer. Many of my Virginia ancestors were the area around Floyd County. My G grandfater enlisted in the CSA at Floyd Courthouse. Botetourt County was formed 1769-1770. Floyd was formed from Montgomery in 1831.

Please explain "hooked breech"

THANKS , Guys

PS. I have the dates that Virginia counties were formed and from what OTHER county. Very interesting info.
Smithow

The hooked breech allows the barrel to be removed more easily for cleaning. The two piece stock is also a feature of this. By the removal of the ramrod loosening the lock screws and removing the key behind the entry pipe the barrel can be tipped muzzle up and lifted from the stock.

Dan
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 18, 2011, 10:01:40 PM
My dumb error, the rifle does have a raised cheek piece. The replacement percussion lock has this marking W**** D. the center portion is worn off. Would the lock be significant? The rifle must have seen some heavy use. Underneath the VERY dark patina, looks like “tiger striping”. How can I repair the patch box latch ?  There is a pushbutton on top of the stock ? Amazingly the double set trigger still works very smoothly.  Even though the rifle may not have been used during the revolution, It is very interesting for my family history..

Many thanks for your input…any more input would be greatly appreciated.

Smithow
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 18, 2011, 10:24:59 PM
msmit, please guide me to your Botetourt census records for Matthew Scott "Gunsmith"I would like to have copies of this info. I do a lot of family history work and I would like to include this data. You may send it direct to howsmit@bellsouth.net Thanks for finding it, I certainly believe this is Robert Elliot's smith

smithow ho
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: HIB on October 18, 2011, 10:55:39 PM
The  W+++++++D most likely stands for 'Warranted' a fairly common stamping when this style lock was made.  A great question might be: Who was going to warrant the lock if it broke and the lock maker was unknown? Especially if the gun traveled any distance from where it was made.

Great genealogical project. One that those who follow in your family will appreciate.
Good luck,  HIB
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: msmith on October 19, 2011, 01:05:29 AM
While Matthew Scott is not in the two hardback "Virginia Books' he is listed in the paperback "Virginia Gunsmiths & Allied Professions" by Whisker and a pencil drawing of his  trigger parts and guard can be found on page 70 & 71 of Jim Webbs lil book. In the West Virginia Gunsmiths book by Whisker his brother John is listed as a gunsmith , Princeton, Mercer County WV.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 19, 2011, 03:09:39 AM
Now, you know that I would like the book with Matthew Scott's info. The distant relatives that I got the rifle from knew very little about R. Elliot and his rifle prior to 1838 when he died. They have kept the history of who owned it after it was bought by W. Willis at the estate sale.

Still, a joy to own the piece, since it has been passed to several generations.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Dave K on October 19, 2011, 03:37:02 AM
You are right! Any old gun is a joy to own. Then when it has family ties to it, it is even better.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: flintriflesmith on October 19, 2011, 04:29:01 AM
Personal email sent with image from 1850 Floyd Co Federal census. It lists Mathew Scott and his family members. The 1850 census also lists trades on the adult males and he is a gunsmith.
Gary
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 19, 2011, 05:34:24 AM
Many Thanks, Although the Robert Elliot/Matthew Scott rifle was not used during the American Revolution (This was the belief of some of his descendents). It is of great value to me personally. Just think, I have in my hands this old rifle (In  pretty good condition considering it's age) that my GGGG grandfather used in the Virginia mountains. I have just received today the info about Wm. Willis ownership (Estate sale in 1838) down 5 generations to Rosemarie Willis Guthrie to her son Howard Tracy Guthrie to me.

GREAT STUFF

Smithow
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Dphariss on October 19, 2011, 04:16:10 PM
My dumb error, the rifle does have a raised cheek piece. The replacement percussion lock has this marking W**** D. the center portion is worn off. Would the lock be significant? The rifle must have seen some heavy use. Underneath the VERY dark patina, looks like “tiger striping”. How can I repair the patch box latch ?  There is a pushbutton on top of the stock ? Amazingly the double set trigger still works very smoothly.  Even though the rifle may not have been used during the revolution, It is very interesting for my family history..

Many thanks for your input…any more input would be greatly appreciated.

Smithow


The lock may be a replacement but it was made as a FL originally and period wise is correct for the rest of the rifle.
The dark patina is the result of sulfur in the air reacting with the linseed oil based finish.
Do not repair the rifle yourself. If it needs repair it needs to be done by someone skilled at such work. Most gunsmiths you find, ML or otherwise, lack the skills for this work.

Dan
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: woodsrunner on October 19, 2011, 04:16:33 PM
There's another aspect to this that may well prove that this rifle WAS used in the RevWar! They tell the story up home in the Mountains where I'm from about the traveling salesman who ran into a young kid on the road who was out hunting. The salesman admired the kid's rifle, and the kid told him "Yep, hit's a goodin' and my GGGrandfather used hit at Kings Mountain again' tha Englishmen. The rifle was a caplock in almost new condition, so the salesman made the comment that rifles at Kings Mountain were "flintlock" and not caplock to which the kid replied that the flintlock broke so his GGrandfather put on one of them newfangled caplocks! Then the salesman commented that the barrel looked almost new, and the kid replied that "yep, hit got bent so my "Pa" put a new one on hit, and he just changed the stock last year....BUT HITS THE SAME OLE RIFLE MY GGGRANDFATHER USED AT KINGS MOUNTAIN"!

Given the necessity of recycling parts like we Southerners did, this might be the case with this piece! And by the way.....some of my ancestors, "Creasys and Poagues", were up there in Virginia in and around Bedford County-Roanoke, at the time of the RevWar. Am I kin to any of you Virginia fellas?
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Eric Kettenburg on October 19, 2011, 07:00:36 PM
Interesting patchbox!  Would it be possible for you to take a good closeup of the box (and post it here, please) that would more clearly show the engraving around the edge?  ;)
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Acer Saccharum on October 19, 2011, 07:55:00 PM
The PB lid looks like it came off a small keepsake box, maybe a jewelry box. Interesting indeed.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: mkeen on October 19, 2011, 08:08:10 PM
Smithow, does the estate inventory or estate sale list the value of the gun? A value could help establish if the gun was purchased shortly before Robert Elliot's death.

Mart Keen
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: flintriflesmith on October 20, 2011, 01:00:07 AM
The PB lid looks like it came off a small keepsake box, maybe a jewelry box. Interesting indeed.

Acer,
It may look that way but it is a regional style box found on a number of 19th century rifles from the Botetourt, Floyd, Roanoke County areas. That's how I initially spotted the region before we looked up M. Scott.

There is at least one other surviving rifle made in the same area with a hook breech and take down (two piece) stock. It is a John Painter who worked until well after the Civil War building percussion full stock longrifles.
Gary
Gary
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 20, 2011, 04:38:00 AM
To answer the estate values"one horse $5.00, one wolf trap $1.75,one saddle $3.05, one rifle gun $7.30". Many other items sold for very little. The "rifle gun" must have been very valuable. The rifle was appraised at $6.00 prior to the sale.

The history of these items is awesome, given the fact that the spouse was given nothing...she did NOT inherit  anything'

A very different world in 1838.

Smithow
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 20, 2011, 04:48:07 AM
As I know little about these firearms, the patch box cover must have been replaced. The reason being, the rear opening looks like it was "chopped" open. But, the patch box cover has a notched latch. I will try to provide some more detailed photos.

Now for the Virginia surnames "Creasy and "Poage". They are familiar names for this area of Virginia. If you have not researched your Virginia roots, you are missing a joyful experience. Mark Smith gave me inputs to great info from Ancestry,com I use Ancestry.com daily in my research. Retirement is GOOD !

You posters have given me info that I GREATLY appreciate.

smithow
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 20, 2011, 04:55:26 AM
Nooow, who is Jim Webb as listed "pges 70 + 71" ?
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Dennis Glazener on October 20, 2011, 05:06:01 PM
Jim Webb is an avid historian of western VA. He has done several books, including one on triggers and related parts he has seen on southern (mostly VA/NC) rifles. He can be contacted at the address below:
Jim Webb
333 Webb Haven Drive
Hillsville, VA 24343
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: flintriflesmith on October 21, 2011, 01:05:58 AM
As I know little about these firearms, the patch box cover must have been replaced. The reason being, the rear opening looks like it was "chopped" open. But, the patch box cover has a notched latch. I will try to provide some more detailed photos.
smithow
The damaged wood does NOT  mean the "cover" was replaced. It is much more likely to mean the push button got stuck and some klutz with a pocket knife pry-ed it open. We are awaiting your better pictures but I blew up this one in PhotoShop and the engraving around the border of the box lid looks like first work and is the style of other work from this region.

Gary
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 21, 2011, 04:40:29 AM
I believe that you are RIGHT...good analysis. The rear of the patchbox hole is very evenly matched to the shape of the patchbox cover, that is, elongated oval, nice precise cuts. So, I do believe that the patchbox "LID" is the original. If I said earlier the "gouges" were toward the rear, I was wrong.  The "gouges" probaly made with a knife to open the box are toward the lock. This also may show why the lid won't latch. I have to keep the rifle next to my PC to really investigate the little things. Anyway, this is really a lot of fun, recreating history.

smithow
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: C. Cash on October 21, 2011, 05:41:46 AM
Congrats on finding such a treasure! 
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 21, 2011, 10:26:44 PM
I have very good photos of patch box and butt plate. Now how do I forward them to this WEB site ?

I did contact Jim Webb..very interesting and knowlegeable gentleman.

smithow
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 23, 2011, 05:36:59 AM
Thanks, I knew very little about ML info. I did know who owned the rifle in 1838 and all the relatives who had owned it since. I am really into my Virginia family history and to find the piece is a bit amazing.


THANKS, Howard M. Smith in Macon, GA
{originally from SW Virginia)



Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: flintriflesmith on October 23, 2011, 10:08:09 PM
Mr. Smith,
If you scroll down to the "tutorials" section you will find some good instructions on how to post pictures.  Most of us put the images in a PhotoBucket account and from there it is really simple to just stick a link to the image in the message here.
Gary
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 24, 2011, 01:26:20 AM
I use picasa3 and I sent the photos to an E-maill address as shown in my ALR intro. I suppose that the moderator will put them on ALR msgs ??
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Dennis Glazener on October 24, 2011, 04:53:16 PM
Photos provided by Smithow.
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Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Majorjoel on October 24, 2011, 05:11:16 PM
A very unique patchbox! I just happen to really like things that are out of the ordinary. It does kind of make me sick to my stomach to see what someone would do to pry open one when they either didn't understand the mechanism or the latch stopped working. All you can do is chalk it up to the history of your rifle and be thankful that it has survived for us to see today. Thanks Smithow for sharing your family's heirloom rifle!
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Smithow on October 24, 2011, 08:36:01 PM
Thank you, Dennis. Although not a collector item, I think I'm very fortunate to have it and know the smith, etc and the owner background.

Noow, do I "restore" it to some degree, polish the brass, add a lost ramrod ferrule...maybe clean up the wood, repair the patchbox latch ??

MANY thanks for y'all's research and input

Kindest regards,
Howard M. "Snuffy" Smith from olde Virginia.
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Bill of the 45th on October 25, 2011, 01:23:35 AM
I, would first off do nothing to the rifle, you have because of family history, and provenance, all be it slightly skewed.  While not a high value collectors item, it's invaluable to the family history.  If it were me. I would consider a bench copy, that I could take out and shoot, enjoy, and share, while having the original to leave with the family.  There are any number of qualified fellows on this site that can accommodate you. though the copy may cost more than the originals value.  That's what I would do if it was my Heirloom, but's  thats just me.

Bill
Title: Re: my GGGG grand father's rifle
Post by: Dennis Glazener on October 25, 2011, 02:13:32 AM
Quote
Thank you, Dennis. Although not a collector item, I think I'm very fortunate to have it and know the smith, etc and the owner background.

Noow, do I "restore" it to some degree, polish the brass, add a lost ramrod ferrule...maybe clean up the wood, repair the patchbox latch ??

MANY thanks for y'll's research and input

Kindest regards,
Howard M. "Snuffy" Smith from olde Virginia.
If it were mine I probably would go at it with Renaissance Wax, nothing else, it will clean most of the crude off it but NOT the patina. Most prefer to leave the brass patina  as is.
Dennis (also from olde Virginia)