Lancaster Longrifle by
This longrifle was made circa 1790, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by Moravian Gunsmith Jacob Dickert. He was born in Mantz, Germany in 1740. He came to America with his parents and settled in Berks Co in 1748. In 1776, Dickert and Lancaster, PA gunsmith John Henry opened a gunshop in Lancaster and probably made rifles for the Revolution. The Longrifle is signed J. Dickert on the barrel and features a good example of a Lancaster Daisy patchbox. The rifle has an unusual lead inlay of a man with a uniform, boots and phygian hat behind the cheek rest. The rifle was found in the attic of an old house in Rhod Island.
Photography by Jan Riser.