Monday, January 9, 2012

Lester Smith Rifle

This rifle is signed L Smith on the barrel and the lock is 38 cal. It was an original barrel re-rifled in the styling of the Federal Period. Earl Lanning said Lester didn't know it but he was building Federal style rifles all along. It has the most elaborate forstock wear plate I have ever seen, having 60 piercings with oak leafs, very nice comb inlay, 26 silver inlays, very hard 3-d curly maple. A very nice full pierced toe plate. The eagle patchbox is highly engraved. Overall length is 57 inches.

Copy and photos supplied by Aaron Boyeston.

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