Re: Help! Old Muzzleloader Rifle I.D with detailed Pics!
Did howell use french hammers? i know he had a irish forge make some parts for him at one stage but dunno about french and to be honest dont have that much experience with Ohio smiths besides 2 or 3 that are famous
take a look at the french fleur on the hammer ( another reason i think its a converted flinter ) If it is a howell i think someone else did a conversion on it
howell was fussy about the finish and matching bits , even on his repaired english peices ( and why his stuff bring $$$$) even if he did use a french hammer he would have made it match, craftsman though and through eh
but yes it could very well be , , i do not think the rifle is 100% as made but this means little
its a lovely rifle and history be blown
i'd be proud to have it, pedigree or not
the age alone and the little i can see of the condition would make it a grand display peice for most but the fussiest of folks
when i get home i'll try top match up the engraving to some in books i have but wont have that for a week or two as i'm south of home hunting at the moment, and trying to figure where next i'll be moving too ( long story but got a gut full of sydney and its jihadi's we keep importing as i'm right near a damn mosque...)
when i get to my info i will chase this up but may i suggest in the mean time you contact a friend of mine who is a expert on these?
whisker @ bedford.net ( remove spaces i put in to dodge the spam bots)
send him the link to your photobucket and he'll get back to you for sure
his name is Jim and a nice guy
and ask about the Ohio as again i'm not that expert on that reigons smiths and i'd like to know too
always stuff to learn eh