Now this isn't a Golden Age Kentucky but it sure commands our respect. This gun is in nearly perfect condition showing little evidence of being used or carried. This was obviously a family keepsake that I bought from a man South of Canton, Ohio and I believe he bought it at auction. The gun is beautiful and is comprised of several unusual features. It has a finely formed flash-shield surrounding the nipple, a bat-winged and threaded clean-out plug and double-set triggers. It is stamped on the barrel, "E. Ross, Zanesville Ohio" and additionally on the lock, "Elijah Ross, 1845". The butt-plate is German Silver and it shows some silver scroll-work on the cheek-piece. The gun has an unusual but not unique geometrically formed patch-box and side-plate of brass and silver that is nearly identical to one found on a gun made by Charles Meisner in Whiskers' "Ohio Long Rifles" Vol. 1. About 34 36 caliber, this gun retained in the patchbox a note, "Kentucky squirrel rifle, made for William Schultz, about 1850, by E. Ross, gunsmith, of Zanesville, First gun ever shot by B. V. H. Schultz - resting rifle on a rail fence and shooting on a mark, under the guidance of his grandfather, William Schultz. This was in the year 1872". I hope this gun was let go by the last of the family line. I doubt that any lover of their own family history would ever let such a wonderful gun go. It needs a new home and I believe I have priced it well under its actual value.