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Cody Firearms Museum

Makers
Nicholas Beyer
Descriptions
silver 707 wood 4438 steel 2355 brass 1442
Names
firearm 4093 rifle 498
Use
rifle 1140
Date:
1810-1830
Dimensions:
L: 58.875 in, Barrel length: 42.875 in, H: 10.125 in, ramrod length: 43 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
Gloss:
Nicholas Beyer worked in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, c. 1798-1810. He is believed to have been apprenticed to John Philip Beck. The relief carved stock and rococo embellishment on the patchbox are typical of the so-called "golden age" of the Kentucky rifle (1770-1820).
Inscription:
Lockplate: WARRANTED; escutcheon: S. LUTE [T of barrel, in script:] N Beyer
Remarks:
The brass patchbox cover has a representation of a water fowl piercing its breast, which is believed to be an allegorical symbol of Christ, or the soul. The opposite side of the stock features an inlaid, eight-pointed, silver star representing the Bethlehem, or birth star. Such religious and superstitious motifs were common on Kentucky rifles during this era. a-flintlock; b-ramrod
Caliber/Gauge:
.45
Accession Number:
1988.8.876

As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum.
If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.

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