A Lexington, Kentucky "School"
Left-Handed "Kentucky Rifle"
Circa 1815- 1820
Maker - Unknown
Owner - Henry Risingson of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a Blacksmith and a Whitesmith.
Identifiable and Unique Features:
1. The specific design of the Patchbox, especially the finial and the lid which is enclosed by the patch-box frame.
2. The Stock architecture, especially the long wrist and the saddle-shaped Cheedrest.
3. The Lobe on the forward post of the trigger-guard bow.
4. The various artistic symbols (including the tools of a Blacksmith) which are engraved on the top barrel flat.
5. The Patented Hook-Breech and oval, silver Signature-plate.
6. The wonderful "Folk-Art" inlays - especially the "Eagle and Serpent" which represents Good conquering Evil, the sly smart and cunning Fox, the patriotic Eagle facing left and the astrological symbols of the Sun, Moon & Star.
Copy by Arnie Dowd and photos by Jan Riser.