Thomas Oldham percussion rifle, Bedford County, PA

These images were converted from old slides using a cell phone camera. The slides were given to me by a Bedford County resident, who apparently took the pictures at a gun show. The rifle was made by Thomas Oldham, and is featured on page 128 of the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties". The pictures in the book show that the rifle has a full length stock, a patch-box with a Q-shaped finial, and an engraved two-screw lock bolt plate. The book also shows that the rat tail lock plate is signed, with "Oldham" spelled out in cursive.

Even though the following photo is blurry, it shows the unusual bend in the hammer of this rifle, with the neck being parallel to the nose. For the purpose of additional identification, the two dings on the lower edge of the lock panel of the stock match the dings on the lock panel of the rifle in the 2001 book, confirming this is the same rifle that is shown in the 2001 book.

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