A percussion rifle by Charles Monroe Knupp

The photos below show an antique full stock percussion long rifle made by the gunsmith Charles Monroe Knupp of Bakersville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The design of this rifle was clearly inspired by the rifles produced by his uncle Jonathan Dormayer, who was married to his aunt Barbara Knupp.

The following provides a complete view of the right-hand side of the rifle. The buttstock profile, patch box, wrist carving, and lock plate are clearly patterned after a typical Jonathan Dormayer rifle.
This muzzle loading rifle was made by the Somerset County Pennsylvania gunsmith Charles Monroe Knupp. It inspired by the rifles made by his uncle Jonathan Dormayer.

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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