Sunday, November 29, 2009

Berks County Longrifles and Gunmakers 1750-1900 by Patrick Hornberger


Over 175 full-color photographs document this exhibit of longrifles, gun making tools and accoutrements in the Historical Society of Berks County. This important exhibit includes many rifles and artifacts that have never been publicly displayed before. The full range of gun making styles is covered, from the earliest Germanic style Reading rifles to heavily carved Womelsdorf rifles and the folk art rifles of Kurtztown. The complete collection on display and included in this publication includes 52 rifles and two pistols, as well as accoutrements and gun making tools.






Some of the items in the exhibit: the first signed and dated rifle made in Reading, PA-1761, examples of rifles made by each member of the Angstadt gunmaking family, 1700-1850, William Shener rife and pistol, c. 1790, 14 rifles from the Joe Kindig, Jr. collection, 1750-1830, and the only known child's rifle and fowler, c. 1790 by Wolfgang Haga.

The exhibit has been extended to February 27, 2010.

This book can be purchased from Scurlock Publishing Co.

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