We know that a lot of you love it when we post a nice Kentucky Rifle on the website. We wish we could find more of them, but the really good ones are few and far between. Well, here's a good one. Other than a re-converted lock, I could find but a single alteration to this fine gun. Surely, it has some nicks and dings like most do, and you may see a short sliver or two of wood missing along the top rail. The wood is also fairly well-worn, with the curl in the maple showing its aged peaks and valleys. What you won't find on this gun is any fiddling around. No replaced wood, no putty, no enhancements and no repairs save for a small one just above the lock in front of the frizzen. It is just a great gun that saw quite a bit of use during the early to mid-1800's and then it was hung up for showin' off. Christian Hawken was one of the premier makers of Golden Age Kentucky Rifles from Maryland. His father, most of his sons and some grandchildren were also rifle makers. We know that Hawken was born in 1756 and died in 1821, so this is an early rifle but possibly one of his later creations c. 1790 - 1810. He shows up in records as a gunsmith in Hagerstown from 1784 until his death, so he probably made arms for the Revolution. The gun has a wonderful patch-box and a combination of raised and incised carved features in front of the box, behind the barrel tang and about the cheek-piece. It shows a familiar large silver inlay of a patriotic American Eagle above the cheek-piece. Fine recessed molding is carved from the front of the rear ramrod pipe to the muzzle-cap. The toe and side-plates both show fine border engraving. The gun is signed on top of the barrel. This is one of the best Kentuckies that we have offered and from one of the greatest names in American gun making. This wonderful rifle would be a great addition to any type of Firearm or Americana collection. You don't have to be a gun-lover to appreciate such a collectible. This is good stuff here.