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KENTUCKY RIFLE BY PETER BERRY - Lot #4897

It is a pleasure to offer this wonderful Kentucky Rifle made by Peter Berry (of first Dauphin and now Lebanon County, Pennsylvania) and so signed on top of its barrel. Not much is known about Berry other than the fact that his will, dated 1795, was executed by Jacob Dickert, also a well-known gunsmith at the time. He almost certainly made guns during the Revolution. Berry was a versatile maker in that most of his guns, although similar, show different creative engraving and carving motif. This example of Berrys' work is in outstanding condition, showing no breaks nor added color, a great rarity for such an early gun. It shows generous displays of raised carved c-scrolls to the butt-stock and the carving behind the cheek-piece is a masterful display of vine-like tendrils with border treatment under the cheek-piece. The stock is a nice piece of curly maple and has the rare details of brass wire inlay on top of the comb and a coin-silver thumb-piece just behind a wonderful flourish of c-scolls carved behind the barrel tang. Carving is also present behind the rear ramrod pipe. It has a beautiful patch-box and fine side-plate that lacks any engraving. The lock appears to be a re-conversion, certainly not a sin on such a great old gun. This gun was formerly in the Joe Kindig Collection and as with lot 4914 listed previously on these pages, it was purchased a few years ago by former KRA President Brian Lamaster. It still retains its original Kindig tags and is pictured on page 271, plate 113 of his book, "Thoughts On The Kentucky Rifle In Its Golden Age" where he states, "Peter Berry was an exceptionally fine maker of long slender guns with beautiful patch boxes and unusually fine carving. He should be considered a grand gunsmith". I whole-heartedly agree.
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