The photos below show a slender, graceful antique black powder muzzle loading rifle that was made by the Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmaker Jonathan Dormayer. The barrel length is 35-1/4". The overall length is 51-1/8". The butt plate measures 3-5/8".
Compare this Dormayer rifle to a nearly identical rifle on this website that was made by Jonathan Dormayer's gunsmith nephew Charles Monroe Knupp.
The first photo shows the full length of this full stock percussion rifle from the right-hand side. Note the absence of a comb on this gun. Also note the shape of the tail of the percussion lock. This is the only photo I have of this muzzleloader that shows the side of the nose cap. As a subtle touch, the reflection of light from the wood finish remains relatively straight in the entry pipe area, revealing a very gradual transition from the external ramrod portion of the stock to the internal ramrod portion of the stock. This gradual transition helps to give the rifle its graceful slender look, in my opinion.
The next photo shows Jonathan Dormayer's initials on the percussion gun lock.
The next photo shows the implementation of the entry tube, and the incised carving nearby.
The next photo shows much of the underside of the trigger guard, and the incised carving along the bottom side of the stock panel area of the Dormayer muzzleloader.
The next photo shows a typical Jonathan Dormayer patch box, which is an aesthetically pleasing modification to the classic Q-shaped finial patch box that was very popular in nearby Bedford County. Dormayer's finial builds upon the floral inspiration behind the Bedford County-type Q-shaped final by opening up one side, and using floral engraving at the right-most screw. Also note the incised line that is parallel to the bottom edge of the buttstock.
The next photo shows the incised carving on the wrist is related to the finial shape of the patch box. The photo also shows that there is a vestigial comb effect produced by relief carving, and shows that the periphery of the lock panel is traced by incised carving that includes a trailing edge beavertail.
The next photo shows the unique lock bolt plate that was used by Jonathan Dormayer and his apprentice nephew Charles Monroe Knupp. I like the tri-level look at the top edge of the front of the stock panel for the lock bolt plate.
The next photo shows that the floral engraving incorporated on the right-hand side of the wrist is repeated on the left-hand side of the wrist.
The next photo shows that the floral shape of the patch box finial and the flanks of the wrist inspired the incised carving aft of the cheekpiece.
This photo shows the incised carving in the tang area of the stock, and shows the pointed tang shape that was popular on muzzle loading rifles from this region of the country.
The last photo shows the decorated muzzle of the barrel, and the front of the nose cap.
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