Mier percussion half stock rifle

The photos below show a percussion half stock rifle that was made by a Mier (see side plate engraving) and photographed in Somerset County. I cautiously interpret the barrel signature as "J. Mier", however the initial of the first name is difficult to interpret, and not that much different than the capital "S" engraved on the barrel of Samuel Mier rifle, however the capital "M" on the Samuel Mier rifle has points where the stroke reverses, whereas the capital "M" on this rifle is rounded on top where the stroke reverses. In any case, thinking the initial for the maker's given name is "J" and not "S", this rifle may have been made by Jacob Mier, or John Mier.

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