Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Antique Tennessee Rifle Belonging to George Patton

The flintlock is a period replacement. According to Earl Lanning's research this rifle was owned by George Patton of Kentucky who was killed in an Indian skirmish. All his belongings were returned to his wife Elizabeth. This same Elizabeth Patton later became the wife of David Crockett. It's possible Crockett may have also used this rifle to hunt with.

Copy and photos supplied by Robert Weil.

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting and stylish old gun. It shows evidence of a long career including a replaced lock and at least one lock bolt plate. I would guess that is a 19th century rifle but would really be interested in hearing more from Earl on his research and best guess. Nice piece of wood with a scraped finish. The tang is interesting in that it appears to have been through bolted to a trigger plate, maybe even more than once. The trigger plate also shows signs of being threaded for a tang bolt, you can see this if you go to the high def pictures and use your viewers magnification feature. But there is always the question of if the triggers are the first set that this rifle had.
    Really nice set of iron mounts.



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