Charles Baker, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1849: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Charles Baker is identified as a gunsmith in the 1849 tax roll of Bedford County.

Circa 1850: According to A. Merwyn Carey's 1953 book "American Firearms Makers" Charles Raker was a Bedford County gunsmith circa 1850. I suspect this is an error (perhaps a misreading of a handwritten record or handwritten notes), and was intended to reference Charles Baker.

1851: I have no idea if it is the same individual, but a Charles Baker is buried in the Holsinger Cemetery (40.2454185, -78.4240265) near Bakers Summit in Bedford County who died on November 4, 1851.

A Bedford County-style .44 caliber smooth rifle, signed in cursive "C. F. Baker" was offered for sale by Heritage Auction in 2011. It has a 42-1/2" octagonal barrel. The G. Goulcher lock has an engraved Bedford County-style percussion hammer. The maple stock has a cheekpiece and incised carving that includes a bird, a fish, and some scroll work. The rifle has no patch box.

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