Most of the rifle photos below are included here with the permission of Morphy Auctions. This antique full stock Pennsylvania long rifle is attributed to Peter Dormayer, who has been identified as a gunsmith that worked in Cambria, Bedford, and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania.
The first photo below shows a full-length right-hand side view of the rifle. Both the lock and the 41-inch-long, 36 caliber barrel are silver plated. Just ahead of the lock panel, you can see a silver inlay that isn't shown in any of the other photos of this rifle.
The next photo shows a full-length left-hand side view of this remarkable muzzle loading gun. Just ahead of the stock panel for the lock bolt plate, a silver inlay is present that is not shown in any of the other pictures of this rifle.
The next photo shows the heavily decorated cheek piece side of the buttstock. A silver inlay located aft of the cheek piece is a key visual element of this rifle. I'm going to call it a "Running D", with its feet made out of flowers. Incredibly dynamic. Ordinarily I do not find rifles very attractive that incorporate silver inlays as substitutes for relief carving. Despite this prejudiced view of mine, I have to admit that the inlays that are located at traditional relief carving locations on this rifle are wonderfully well done and undeniably beautiful. Well-done floral-inspired silver inlays are also substituted for relief carving on both sides of the wrist. The cheekpiece has an elliptic inlay with an eagle motif bracketed by silver brackets that may be avian inspired. A modified bracket, looking more bird-like, is also located under the cheekpiece. There is also an inlay located just aft of the stock panel for the lock bolt plate that is only partially visible in this photograph.
The next photo shows the patch box side of the buttstock. The attractive patch box is incredibly complicated and has 14 piercings. A variation of the "D" shape is included in the finial. A flower-inspired inlay substitutes for relief carving on the wrist.
The next photo shows the pointed tang of this rifle, along with the beautifully engraved inlay that surrounds it. Several muzzleloaders by other makers incorporate this inlay theme surrounding the tang, but I haven't seen any that are as attractive as this one. This photo also shows an elliptic inlay on the top of the wrist.
The next photo shows the pierced lock bolt panel, with silver inlays. The front of the stock panel for the lock bolt plate has the tri-level affect that is also found on rifles by Peter Dormayer's son Jonathan Dormayer, and by Jonathan's nephew Charles Monroe Knupp.
The following photograph shows the silver-plated percussion gun lock, with a sheet metal diverter protecting the barrel from percussion cap induced erosion. This photo provides a good view of the shape of the lock panel of the stock, and the silver inlay just to the left of the panel.
The final photo, below, shows two bird-inspired inlays. The eagle inlay in the saddle wear plate region has inlays within piercings.
The following photo provides a comparison between the rifle with the silver-plated barrel that is featured on this web page (top), the rifle with the relief-carved eagle (middle), and the rifle with the incised carving eagle (bottom).
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