July 4, 2009, 11:03 PM
My uncle was showing me this a little while ago and I told him I bet I knew some fine people that could help me identify it. It has a name on the gun itself but I'm wondering if I could get a little history behind the name, location, and all that good stuff. The rifle details very intricate work as well as a name, if memory serves me right, it's Claude Lomax M.P. or M.D. [maybe?] I do believe it's a Kentucky styled rifle. I know it's a flintlock. There seems to be a half moon on the cheek rest with many other very interesting, very intricate designs on it. Thanks for all your help and here we go..
July 4, 2009, 11:50 PM
You couldn't make the pictures anybigger could you. They take days to load.
July 5, 2009, 07:47 AM
You need to set your camera on the "macro" setting, because the rifle is out of focus, and it's giving a clear view of the floor and background, but not the rifle. It's possible that this Lomax/Lamax character was the person for whom this rifle was made, rather than the maker; are there any other markings on either the lockplate, next to the cock, or along the top of the barrel?
July 5, 2009, 01:23 PM
No other markings I'm afraid. I apologize about the quality and size of the images. They were taken by my iPhone. Not much else I could do.
July 5, 2009, 04:06 PM
Sorry I can't help. I'm on dial-up & the pictures are so LARGE, I got tired of waiting.
July 6, 2009, 08:17 PM
I've seen that exact patchbox on an circa-1820s percussion conversion. <-----coulda worded that better, the rifle was apparently built in the 1820s and converted later. The guy who owned it knew next to nothing about it, just that it was about .54 and had an 1820s English-made lockplate.
That stock though.....homina homina is that thing gorgeous!
July 9, 2009, 08:14 AM
I'm no expert, it appears to be a flintlock Kentucky rifle from 1790-1830 and is rather valuable. I suggest you buy a copy of Fayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and their values and start your research from there. Flayderman has a couple of Kentucky rifles listed at $22500 on his website: http://www.flayderman.com/
July 11, 2009, 03:06 AM
Please reduce the size of your pictures. It'd take unitl next Tuesday for a dial up member to load the page. They're far too big in any case.