This page highlights a 19th century Bedford County-style percussion long rifle that was made by a Pennsylvania gunsmith named George Fay and is signed "GF". George Fay, Sr. performed gunsmithing in both Bedford and Blair counties.
The following image is a full-length view of the right-hand side of the George Fay muzzleloading rifle before the patch box lid and missing ramrod entry pipe were replaced.
The next image is a full-length view of the left-hand side of the rifle before the patch box lid and missing ramrod entry pipe were replaced.
The next image shows the cheekpiece side of the buttstock and provides a good view of the cheekpiece inlay on this antique black powder rifle. The cheekpiece inlay is engraved with a spread wing eagle.
The next image shows the area where the original ramrod entry pipe is missing on this antique muzzle loading rifle.
The next image shows the lock bolt plate, trigger area, and wrist inlay of the George Fay muzzleloader.
The next image shows the lock, wrist and trigger areas of the rifle. The percussion lock appears to be a commercial product and does not embody the traditional Bedford County style of lock plate and hammer. The trigger mechanism is the double set trigger variety.
The next image shows the muzzle with its octagonal rifling, the forward ramrod ferrule, front sight, and the nose cap of this muzzle loading black powder rifle. This view also shows that the barrel of this antique rifle is pinned to the stock, rather than held in place with barrel keys.
The next image shows the riflemaker's initials "GF" on a flat of the octagonal barrel, near the breach.
The next image shows the tang and wrist area, including an engraved silver thumb plate. Pointed tangs retained by two screws are common to the region.
The next image is a picture of the attractive engraved toeplate of the buttstock of this old black powder gun.
The next image shows the engraved patch box before the relatively crude looking and apparently non-original lid was replaced. The Bedford County-style Q-shaped finial is pierced, as are both of the patch box side plates. As typical with Bedford County-style rifle stocks, the comb of the buttstock is low and relatively straight. As this photo shows, the stock is made from an attractive grade of curly maple.
The next image is a photograph of the exterior surface of the patch box finial. The finial was temporarily removed from the rifle to replace the patch box lid.
The next image shows the interior surface of the patch box finial.
The next image shows the quality replacement patch box lid before engraving and aging.
The next image shows the complete right-hand side of the George Fay muzzleloader after the patchbox lid and ramrod entry pipe were replaced, but before they were aged.
The following image shows the buttstock area after the replacement patch box lid was engraved and aged:
The next photograph is an enlargement, showing more detail of the expertly done replacement patch box lid:
The next photo shows the rifle after the expert repairs were complete:
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