Wednesday, August 30, 2023


Jacob Kuntz first worked in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, before moving to Philadelphia in 1811, according to "Thoughts on the American Flintlock Pistol" by Sam Dyke. Jacob Kuntz soon became one of Philadelphia's most prominent gunsmiths. This fine pistol has a two-stage smoothbore barrel with a detailed relief wedding band separating the sections. There is stiff-leaf engraving near the breech, and "J. KUNZ PHILAD" is stamped on the top flat in block letters. The lock is engraved with borders and is stamped "J. KUNZ" in the center. The brass furniture includes two lock bolt escutcheon washers. The trigger guard has a shaped and engraved floral finial and is engraved with an ornate flower on the bow. The pommel cap is engraved extensively with floral motifs. Brass nosecap engraved with a band of decoration and turned ramrod ferrules. There is a silver oval-shaped wrist escutcheon engraved with borders. Partially figured maple stock of classic Kunz form with relief molding around barrel tang and incised borders along both sides of the forend, grip with shaped panels of checkering. Complete with what appears to be its original wooden ramrod. 

CONDITION: Barrel has been cleaned, some wear to markings. The lock is original and in its original flintlock configuration, retaining a grey patina; the signature is clear and excellent. Brass retains a pleasing mustard patina. The stock retains traces of its original finish in protected areas and shows some wear and scattered marks from use. 1 repaired small chip along the right side of the barrel. A very nice example of Kunz's fine work. 

From the Louie Parker Collection.

LOT #2115:

Minimum Bid: $5,000.00

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000

Copy and photos from Morphy auction here.

Firearms & Militaria

September 05 - 07, 2023 • 9:00 AM EDT

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