The photos below show an antique full stock percussion rifle that was made by the Bakersville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith Charles Monroe Knupp, who is said to have apprenticed with his uncle Jonathan Dormayer. This gun lacks the Jonathan Dormayer-inspired patch box that some Knupp rifles feature, but does have a Dormayer-inspired lock plate. This muzzle loading rifle belongs to the grandchild of an individual who lived not too far from Bakersville. To see another rifle by Charles Monroe Knupp, click here.
The first photo provides a complete view of the right-hand side of the Knupp rifle.
The next photo provides a complete view of the left-hand side of the Knupp rifle.
The next photo shows the Dormayer-inspired gun lock and the mating lock panel of the stock, which has a little beaver tail. This photo also provides a good side view of the trigger guard and the incised carving in the wrist area. The comb on this Knupp rifle is higher than that on a typical Jonathan Dormayer rifle.
The next photo shows the lock bolt plate, which is a truncated version of the unique longer style often encountered on rifles produced by the gunmaker Jonathan Dormayer.
The next photo shows the incised carving on the cheekpiece side of the buttstock of the Knupp muzzleloader.
The next photo provides a left-hand view of the entry pipe and rear sight of the Knupp rifle, and shows the double line incised lines running along the forearm.
The next photo shows the nose cap of the Knupp rifle.
I included the next photo because it provides a little better view of part of the trigger guard of this black powder rifle.
The next photo, which shows the initials of Charles Monroe Knupp on the lock plate of the rifle, is unfortunately out of focus.
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