E. Stillman Long Rifle

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  1. danno

    danno New Member

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    I am looking for any information regarding this long rifle. This is a family gun that resides back in North Carolina and am curious to it's background. I have done a prelim search on E. Stillman and have not found anything significant. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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    .. more photos

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    looks like an oldie but goodie hope u get some info on it
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    From American Gun Makers by Gluckman and Satterlee:

    Ethan Stillman, Burlington, Conn., musket maker. In association with his brother Amos of Farmington, contracted for 500 muskets under Act of July 5, 1798. Completed deliveries with 25 stands excess by June 10, 1801.

    On Sept. 4, 1808, Ethan Stillman contracted for 2,200 muskets to be delivered over a period of five years. Of these 825 were delivered by Oct. 7, 1812.

    Ethan Stillman was born at Westerly, R. I. in 1768. After working as a youth in the New York Iron Works at Stonington, he worked for a while as a shoemaker. In 1798 he moved Farmington, where with his brother he obtained and completed the contract of 1798, on which he cleared a profit of $1,000. In 1803 he moved to Burlington, where he established a gunsmith shop. It was here that he undertook the 1808 contract which he apparently fulfilled after considerable difficulties with the government. Upon completion of the contract he moved to Brookfield, N. Y.
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    So, I think what you have here is a smoothbore musket from Stillman's second contract. It was obviously converted to percussion at some point.
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    Unfortunately, a source of max info, picture of the lock is omitted. :confused:
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  8. Buffalochip

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    What more would a full picture of the lock tell you? It is dated 1812 (means it was originally a flintlock), is a percussion (means it was converted from flintlock), lock held on by two screws rather one (means it was converted from flintlock).
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    It would give some idea of who did the conversion. An arsenal conversion might indicate being updated by/for the US military. A drum conversion might indicate conversion for use by Confederate forces. A bubba conversion --> ??
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