Re: Unusual Kentucky Rifle , need info
I think the patch box andd engraved brass pieces are the most striking and unusual parts of the rifle. It is hard to date, I have owned several original flinters and this one has the earelier brass furniture and butt plate is about 1800s, single trigger, and thimbles are all indicators of an older piece. I have found that there are no hard fast rules concerning the use of flint style patch boxes and cap boxes. For a short period of time I owned a beautiful Kentucky from Burkesville ky. It was made by an old gunsmith in the 1890s, was percussion, and had a beautiflu 9" engraved flint-style patch box. He just perferred them to cap boxes.