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 the owner attributes to the gunmaker Jacob Mier (1793-1873) of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. One basis of the attribution is a signed rifle by Jacob Mier that has the same carving. Another basis is the initials "JM" on the lock and barrel of this rifle. The carving to the rear of the cheekpiece and the blunt tail of the stock panel for the lock bolt plate resemble another muzzleloader attributed to Jacob Mier. 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.

A photo of the left-hand side of an antique muzzle loading rifle by the gunmaker Jacob Mier of Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

A lightened and sharpened photo of an antique muzzleloader produced by Jacob Mier of Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

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