Re: Pre 1840 Tryon Rifle. Curious about its age and worth
Your rifle appears to be from the midwest and near the Ohio river, perhaps in Kentucky, Ohio or Indiana. It has commercial Tryon parts that were wholesaled downriver, probably resold in a Louisville hardware store based on the "square shoulder" above the guard's rear spur. It appears the rear ramrod pipe also lacks a "tail" or rear flange, another detail from that general area and perhaps most common in KY. The barrel has been shortened at least 4 or 5 inches, perhaps more, based on the current location of the rear sight. The gun dates to about 1840 +/- a couple years, and the lock looks like it is probably hand-made by the gunsmith, which is uncommon on these later rifles. I think the most probable origin for this rifle would be northern Kentucky, somewhere reasonably close to the Ohio River and east (up river) of Louisville, perhaps in the KY counties across the river from Cincinnati. The slim lines through the wrist area, the small caliber, rear ramrod pipe without a flange, and simple cheekpiece that appears slightly scooped out, or concave, all are most commonly found in KY.. although the gun could have been made on the north side of the river as well.
Is there any trace of the maker's name or initials on the top barrel flat behind the rear sight, and probably closer to the breech than the rear sight? Any chance you can post a picture of the tang at the back of the barrel, a better picture of the rear ramrod pipe area, and also a close-up of the side plate on the opposite side from the lock plate? Those photos might help answer a few more questions about this rifle. Hope this helps you. Shelby Gallien