The photos below show an antique percussion muzzle loading rifle that was obtained in Bedford County, Pennsylvania about 1980. An individual who is familiar with the subject confirmed that the barrel signature and patch box are those of Bedford County gunsmith Tobias Snider (1830-1916). More photos of this rifle have been promised. Tobias was a brother of the Bedford County gunsmith Jacob Snider.
The following photograph shows the barrel signature on the Tobias Snider muzzle loading rifle.
The following photograph shows the patch box on the Tobias Snider muzzleloader. It has the Q-shaped finial that was so popular among the practitioners of the Bedford School of gunsmithing. The straight edges on three of the patch box components were easier for the gunmaker to inlet, compared to more complex designs. Most patch boxes have an exposed hinge. The hinge on this patch box is interesting because it is internal, for improved aesthetics. A Jacob Snyder muzzleloader also has a patch box with an internal hinge. The Whiskers' 2017 book indicates that Tobias Snyder was an apprentice of the gunsmith George Fay. A correspondent indicates that George Fay used hidden hinges.
The back action lock on the Tobias Snider muzzleloader is by Truitt Brothers & Company, who were located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As can be seen in this photo, the gun has a set trigger arrangement.
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