A percussion rifle by Charles Monroe Knupp

The photos below show an antique percussion long rifle made by the gunsmith Charles Monroe Knupp of Bakersville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. His aunt Barbara Knupp was married to the gunsmaker Jonathan Dormayer ("Dunmeyer"), and this rifle is a nearly exact copy of a rifle by Jonathan Dormayer that was auctioned in early 2020, and is nearly identical to another Jonathan Dormayer rifle that is included on this website.

The first photo provides a view of the right-hand side of full stock percussion muzzleloader.
This Pennsylvania long rifle was made by Somerset County Pennsylvania gunsmith Charles Monroe Knupp. It is virtually identical to several rifles made by his uncle Jonathan Dormayer.

The next photo shows the patch box and wrist area of the Knupp rifle. The features are the same on a typical Dormayer rifles, but the Dormayer engraving is executed a little better. notice how the incised carving at the wrist and the engraving on the patch box lid engraving mimics the floral shape at the front end of the patch box finial. Also notice how the incised engraving on the wrist transitions to relief carving to define a vestigial comb. These are all Jonathan Dormayer features.
This is the patch box on a muzzle-loading black powder rifle made by the Somerset Co., Penna. gunsmith Charles M. Knupp.

The next photo shows the cheekpiece side of the buttstock on the Knupp rifle. Notice how the incised carving for and aft of the cheekpiece is inspired by the floral shape at the front end of the patch box finial.
This picture shows the cheekpiece side of the buttstock of a gun made by Monroe Knupp, a late period Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith.

The next photo shows the lock bolt plate and mating panel of the stock. Jonathan Dormayer rifles use this same shape of the lock bolt plate, the same tri-level effect on the front of the stock panel, and the same beavertail on the trailing edge of the panel.
This is the uniquely-shaped lock bolt plate that is sometimes found on rifles made by Jonathan Dormayer and his nephew Charles M. Knupp. This rifle is a Knupp.

The next photo shows the uniquely-shaped percussion gun lock that is sometimes found on rifles that were made by Charles M. Knupp and his uncle Jonathan Dormayer. Even the engraving is based on Dormayer engraving.
This is the uniquely-shaped percussion gun lock  that is sometimes found on rifles that were made by Jonathan Dormayer and his nephew Charles M. Knupp. This is a Knupp rifle.

For those who are interested, some larger detail photos of the same Knupp-built black powder muzzle loading rifle are included below.
Larger photo of a rifle made by Charles Monroe Knupp of Somerset Co., PA.

A high resolution photo of the lock on an antique Somerset County, Pennsylvania rifle made by Knupp.

High resolution photo of the patch box of a Knupp rifle (Somerset County, PA gunsmith).

An oblique view of the trigger guard on an antique rifle by the Somerset County, Penna. gunsmith Charles Monroe Knupp.

A lateral view of the entry pipe area on an antique muzzle loader rifle made by Charles Monroe Knupp of Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

A lateral view of the nosecap area of a slender Pennsylvania rifle that was made by the late period gun maker Charles Monroe Knupp of Someset County.

An enlargement of the carving to the rear of the cheekpiece on a Charles Monroe Knupp-made Pennsylvania long rifle.

A high resolution view of the lock bolt plate on a rifle that was produced by the Somerset Co. Pa. gunsmith Charles M. Knupp.

A view of the left-hand side of the nosecap of a Charles Monroe Knupp muzzle loading rifle.

A detailed oblique view of the muzzle of a rifle manufactured by the Somerset Co., PA gunsmith Charles Monroe Knupp.

An oblique view showing the pointed tang of a Charles Monroe Knupp-made Pennsylvania long rifle.

A high resolution view of the lock on a Charles Monroe Knupp-manufactured antique muzzle loading black powder rifle.

This Somerset and Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith project is intended to be a collaborative effort with gun collectors, historians, genealogists, etc. who may have information or photos to share.

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