W & D Border marked percussion rifle, Bedford County, PA

Most of the photographs on this page show an 1847-marked rifle that was made by the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith William Border and his son Daniel B. Border. Some of the photos were taken by an individual who made a contemporary replica of the rifle.

The following photo shows a portion of the patch box of the William and Daniel Border rifle. The door of the patch box may be engraved with the local surname "Statler". You can also see from this photo that the buttstock has an unusually long toe plate.
This is a photo of a patch Box on a Bedford County, PA rifle that is marked 'W & D Border'

The next photo shows all of the patch box.
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The next photo shows more of the rearward right-hand side of the rifle.
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The next photo shows the entire right-hand side of the rifle.
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The following photo shows the rat tail percussion lock, which is marked "W & D Border". I am sorry the lock photo is so blurry; the rifle was behind glass. The curved band of engraving that is located just forward of the hammer on the lock plate is like the engraving on this William Border-built lock.
The lock on this Bedford County, Pennsylvania rifle is marked 'W & D Border', which (I believe) stands for the gunsmith William Border and his son Daniel B. Border.

Here is a different view of the lock, but till a little fuzzy.
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The next photo is the best one I have of the trigger guard.
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The following photo shows a portion of the forearm of the W & D Border rifle.
The forearm of a muzzle loading Bedford County rifle that is marked 'W & D Border'

In the following photo, the original dated lock bolt plate is shown first, and then a contemporary copy is shown. The shield-like portion of the engraving is like the engraving on the lock plate on one of the Daniel Border rifles featured on this web page.
The top image shows an original 1847-marked lock bolt plate on a Bedford County, Pennsylvania rifle that is marked 'W & D Border' The lower image shows a modern reproduction of the same lock bolt plate.

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