A pair of Bedford County long rifles by Daniel Border

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to provide photos of these beautiful examples of the Bedford School of gunsmithing. These two antique muzzle loading percussion rifles were made by the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith Daniel Border. Both of these long and slender rifles have rat tail locks with graceful Bedford-style hammers. Both rifles have full stocks of curly maple, and feature lock and lock bolt plate panels that taper to the rear. Neither stock has decorative incised or relief carving. Both have cheekpiece medallions, and both have silver wrist inlays trailing the lock and lock bolt plate panels. Both rifles have the pointed barrel tangs that are common to the region.

The rifle in the first set of pictures has a typical Bedford County patch box with five piercings and a Q-shaped finial. The lock bolt plate is dated April 25, 1848, which means that Daniel Border would have been about 22 years old when he made this rifle. One interesting feature on the rat tail percussion lock is the inclusion of a protective fence behind the drum. This fence would help to protect the wood to the rear of the barrel from the damaging effects of the cap explosion. The lock bolt plate engraving has similarities with that on an 1847 William & Daniel Border rifle.

A left-hand view of a percussion long rifle of the Bedford school of gunsmithing that was made by Daniel Border of Bedford County, Pennsylvania in 1848.

The patchbox on a rifle that was made by Daniel Border of Bedford Co., PA in 1848.

The 1848-marked lock bolt plate of a Pennsylvania long rifle made by Bedford County, PA gunsmith Daniel Border.

A photo of the lock area, trigger guard, and buttstock of a Bedford County rifle made by the master gunsmith Daniel Border.

The Daniel Border rifle in the next set of photos has a non-typical patch box featuring a geometric finial design. The barrel is signed "D. Border : Bedford : Pa". Note the variety of escutcheons along the forestock.

A photo of a non-typical patch box on a rifle made by the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith Daniel Border.

A photo of the left-hand side of an elegant Pennsylvania black powder long rifle made by the Bedford Co., PA gunsmith Dan Border.

A photograph of the right-hand side of an elegant black powder rifle made by the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith Dan Border.

The signature on the barrel of a percussion long rifle produced by the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunmaker Daniel B. Border.

A photo showing the left-hand side of the buttstock and lock bolt panel area of a Daniel Border-made percussion long rifle.

The next set of photos shows both of the above Daniel Border-built long rifles together, for comparison.

This photo shows the lock bolt plate area and butt-stock portion of a pair of Pennsylvania long rifles crafted by the Bedford County, Penna. gunmaker Dan Border.

This photograph shows the right-hand side of two fine Pennsylvania rifles (sometimes called 'Kentucky rifles') that were created by the talented Bedford County gunsmith Dan Border.

The left-hand forestock area of a pair of long rifles produced by the master gun maker Daniel Border of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Another view of the left-hand side of two rifles of the Bedford school of gunsmithing that were made by the well-known Bedford County, PA gunsmith Daniel Border.

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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