A percussion rifle by Bedford Co., PA gunsmith John Border

The three photos below show a plain, unadorned antique percussion black powder rifle that was made by the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith John Border. The first photo shows the right-hand side, including the lock, trigger guard, and buttstock. The rifle does not have a patch box or the typical rat tail lock of the Bedford School of gunsmithing. It does have the streamlined lock panel shape common to many rifles of the Bedford School that tapers to a point in the rear.
This photo shows the lock, trigger guard, and buttstock of an antique percussion Pennsylvania long rifle of the 'Bedford School' that was made by John Border, a gunsmith from Bedford County. The rifle does not have a patch box.

This photo shows the left-hand side of the buttstock, trigger guard, and lock bolt plate areas of the John Border rifle. As you can see from the photo, no decorative relief or incised carving is present. The lock bolt panel has three screws.

This photo shows the cheek piece side of a percussion black powder rifle made by the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith John Border.

The following photograph shows the lock and mating lock panel on this John Border rifle. Although this is a very plain rifle, its Bedford-style hammer is particularly graceful, with the curve of the spur blending smoothly into the curved nose of the hammer. Most of the outer periphery of the lock panel (except at the front) is not raised from and filleted to adjacent surfaces of the stock. The peripheral edge is, however radiused to those adjacent surfaces, which is less attractive than a crisp corner. The pointed rear of the lock panel fades into the wrist area.
This shows the lock on a plain rifle that was made by the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith John Border. This lock may have the most gracefully shaped Bedford County-style hammer in existence.

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