Percussion rifle by Jacob Mier of Somerset County, Pennsylvania
The two versions of the same photo that are included below show the left-hand side of an antique muzzle loading rifle that is attributed to the gunmaker Jacob Mier (1793-1873) of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The basis of the attribution is a signed rifle by Jacob Mier that has the same carving. Notice the fancy inlay on the bottom of the forearm, positioned to protect the wood from saddle wear. Also notice the elliptic cheekpiece inlay with its engraving of a distelfink. The carving aft of the cheekpiece and the blunt tail of the stock panel for the lock bolt plate resemble another muzzleloader attributed to Jacob Mier.
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