Samuel Mier superposed double barrel rifle, Somerset County, PA

The photos below are owned by Bill Paton, and are included here with his permission. They show a fine antique superposed percussion muzzle loading rifle that was made and signed by the gunsmith Samuel Mier (1831-1909) of Salisbury, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The first eight photos are sized to fit your monitor. The last two are included at full size and resolution, and require panning the view window to see everything.

The first image below shows the entire right-hand side of the rifle, with both hammers at rest.
A right-hand view of an antique superposed percussion rifle made by gunmaker Samuel Mier of Salisbury, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

The next image shows the entire left-hand side of the muzzleloader. This and the preceding image reveal that this black powder rifle has two ramrods.
A left-hand view of the Samuel Mier double barrel muzzle loading rifle.

The next image is included to provide a better view of the symmetric cap box, and the carving on the right-hand side of the buttstock.
The unique cap box of this Pennsylvania muzzleloader is symmetric.

The next photo highlights the cheekpiece side of the buttstock, and reveals that the back action locks were made by Moore.
The back action gun locks on this Somerset County black powder muzzle loading rifle were made by Moore.

The next image shows that the barrel tang is pointed, as commonly done in the region where Somerset County is located. The name "Moore" is clearly visible on the gun lock. The Breech area of the lower barrel has characteristic engraving Samuel Mier used on guns he made.
The Mier superposed percussion muzzleloader has pointed barrel tangs and characeristic Samuel Mier engraving.

The next photo provides an oblique view of the trigger and trigger guard region, and the engraving on the left-hand side of the breech area of the lower barrel.
The breech area of the lower barrel of this muzzleloader has characteristic Samuel Mier engraving.

The next view shows the rear sight area of the barrel, which includes the engraving pattern that Samuel Mier commonly used on his guns.
The rear sight area of this muzzle loading gun has the engraving pattern that Samuel Mier commonly used on guns he built.

The next image shows the barrel signature, which is a bit uncharacteristic in that the first initial is not cursive. Click here to see a Mier rifle that has a signature with the same "ier" and the same three heavy dots.
The barrel signature on this black powder rifle has characteristics of a signature on another rifle attributed to Samuel Mier.

The next two images are included at full size and resolution for maximum clarity, and require panning the view window to see everything.

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