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Offline DaveM

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interesting Allentown rifle maker ad
« on: September 27, 2019, 02:21:19 AM »
I came across this by accident - some of you may find this interesting.  The graphics are very detailed. 

What struck me is how "late" the guns look - if I saw these guns I would have assumed they were more like 1860ish.  Looks like a back action lock.  This ad was in January 1844 in Allentown.



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Re: interesting Allentown rifle maker ad
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2019, 02:51:29 AM »
That's a great piece of history showing the influence of the German immigrants, some of my ancestors, in Pennsylvania. It is interesting that while the add clearly shows percussion rifles and pistols, the ad mentions flintlocks. Percussion caps were probably more expensive that flints and possibly a reluctance to break from tradition.

Thanks for posting the ad!

Offline OLUT

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Re: interesting Allentown rifle maker ad
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2019, 03:06:54 AM »
i think the word Flinten means shotguns in this ad

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Re: interesting Allentown rifle maker ad
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2019, 05:16:18 AM »
OLUT--Mein Gott, you are correct! My German ancestors must be spinning in their graves.

Offline Chris_B

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Re: interesting Allentown rifle maker ad
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2019, 06:32:58 AM »
"Flinten" are muskets in general, i.e. smoothbore guns.
Shotguns most often are called "Schrotflinte"
Rifles (rifled guns) are Büchsen.
 
Kind regards from Germany, Chris

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Re: interesting Allentown rifle maker ad
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2019, 10:46:51 PM »
Chris----Thanks for the translation. 

I learned most of the pitifully small amount of German that I know from watching the COMBAT! TV show, starring Vic Morrow, back in the early 1960's.

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Re: interesting Allentown rifle maker ad
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2019, 11:15:11 PM »
Verrrrry interestingk!!
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