Sunday, November 27, 2022

Patchbox Sunday #3

           The following patchbox rubbings were taken from rifles made by  Benjamin Franklin Shane.

                                                                        





Benjamin Franklin Shane was a Hampshire County gunmaker on Cold Stream Road near Capon Bridge circa 1850.  For more info BFS.     

                                                    Hope You Found These of Interest.
                                                           Thanks, JDM & BMS...
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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Patchbox Sunday # 2

The following group of rubbings  were taken  from rifles made by the  Lauck Gunsmiths of Winchester Virginia.  The Lauck family  were active in the gunmaking trade in Winchester from 1788-1875.  Simon Lauck was born  1760 in Pennsylvania and became a gunsmith while living there.  He opened his shop in Winchester in 1788 and died in 1815.  Several of his sons were trained gunsmiths and worked in the Lauck shop until about 1875.  Simon trained many apprentices and employeed journeymen gunsmiths that carried his style throughout the valley and westward.  Hampshire County gunsmiths, Frederick Sheetz and George W Glaze worked in Lauck's shop.  (1) Nicholas Chisler from Morgantown, Monongalia County also worked in Laucks shop. (1) Other Virginia makers who were at  Lauck's shop before going to other areas of Virginia to practice the art of gunsmithing, were John Sheets, Augusta County,  Jacob Funk and Henry Stair. 

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Hope you enjoy these images, Thanks JDM
(1) Van Pitman Research 




                                                                                     







Monday, November 14, 2022

A Scottish Traveler Visit With Zebulon Sheetz

 Zebulon Sheetz was one of Hampshire County's finest gunsmiths.   We have seen his rifles and we know them well,  we hope the following  will shed some light on Zebulon the man.  The following pages came from "Pedestrain Tour of A Scottish Emigrant" , describing his visit to Hampshire County in 1826. 

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This is a little hard to see, you may need your spectacles. 








In the mid-1830s Zebulon Sheetz family moved West.   Zebulon and his family were given a letter of dismissal from their church at Cold Stream to move "to any Presbyterian church in the West, whose neighborhood God might cast his lot.  “He was given a testimonial of appreciation of the high community regard for his church service.

BMS




For more information on Zebulon Sheetz O&Z Sheetz

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Our First Patchbox Sunday

 One of the best gifts I have been blessed with is a collection of patchbox rubbings from an old friend.  Fortunately for us our friend pursued this interest with vigor and we have several Virginia related images from these efforts.  The Opportunity to view and study these rubbings are a blessing to those who want to get a better understanding of rifles built in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas.  The percussion era pieces by gunsmiths who apprenticed to and influenced by these same people that came before them can be seen in their work.  These rubbings gathered from the 1950's through the early 2000's are an affectionate study of valley pieces,  painstakingly made using  onion skin paper to garner these renderings.  We will try to post at least one or more each Sunday for a few weeks. 

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Simon Lauck Winchester Virginia
Circa 1800 

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Simon Lauck Winchester Virginia

Godfrey Wilkin Shenandoah County
Cabinet Maker & Gunsmith
Circa 1800

Hope you find these of interest, Thank You, JDM 






                                                                                  

                                                                                   

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Wetzel County West Virginia Joe Young

 A man named Joe Young, a gunsmith by trade, and lately living near East Liberty, recently constructed a boat for the purpose of transporting his family and effects to some point on the Ohio River.  The boat was built at the mouth of Dickerson Run, and on Friday last was successfully launched. Mr Young and his family and all their goods moved in, and with the help of the good people of the vicinity of East Liberty and Dawson, the boat was pushed off and committed to the turbulent waters of the "Dare Devil Yough" and was soon gliding smoothly and swiftly down the river out of sight with it's precious freight...

                                       (Uniontown Genius of Liberty, 8 March 1877)

                                                                           


Joe Young was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania 1842.  He moved to Wetzel County in the1870s.  Joe lived in Hanes Run.  He advertised as a gunsmith in the 1884 Polks West Virginia directory.  While many of Joe's rifles are utilitarian, he made some real fine looking rifles.  A few years back a very elegant heavily silver inlaid signed rifle showed up, unfortunately we do not have any photos of that rifle.  There is more than ample evidence that Joe worked for gunsmith J W Stackhouse, a gunsmith who worked both sides of the river, Ohio & West Virginia in the mid 1800s and by the 1870s was working in the Hanes Runs area. 





Joe Young died in 1918 of influenza and is burried in New Martinsville. 

Thanks to  Aspenshadeltd  for the use of their excellent Joe Young rifle photos & a special thanks to James W Whisker for the use of the photo of Joe Young and all of this research that he shared.

JDM & BMS





Saturday, October 22, 2022

RECENT DISCOVERIES

     Well we were delighted when   this fine Hampshire County Rifle recently came to light.

Typical Hampshire county Acorn Patchbox Nicely Engraved

Lancaster made Percussion Lock



Incised Carved

                                                                               

Signed W. Britton

  The above William Britton rifle,  made about 1830-1840.  The overal length is 57 inches & the 38 cal rifled  barrel is 42 inches long.  The lock  is signed G Moyer, a lockmaker in Lancaster Pennsylvania.  As you can see from the photos the condition is nearly mint.   For more info on William Brittion click  BRITTON

Thanks to the owner of these rifles who allow us to photograph & post pictures of their rifles.  Thanks to  Aspenshadeltd  for sharing these photos with us.  BMS & JDM

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

                                        HAMPSHIRE COUNTY GUNSMITHS 1750-1900


1.JOHN G. BRANDT ,  ELK GARDEN
2.WILLIAM BRITTON,  FORT ASHBY
3.W T BROWN
4.JOHN CAMPBELL
5.ROLAND SAVAGE DAYTON,  HEADSVILLE
6.CONRAD GLAZE, SPRINGFIELD
7.GEORGE GLAZE, SPRINGFIELD
8.GEORGE W. GLAZE
9.J J GOOD
10.JOHN HIGGINS
11.JOESPH HIATT
12.JOHN C. HAWKEN
13.WILLIAM HAYDEN
14.WILLIAM HOLLENBACK JR, FORT ASHBY
15.WILLIAM HOLLENBACK, FORT ASHBY
16.HENRY KLINE,HOOKS MILL, CAPON BRIDGE
17.JACOB KLINE, HOOKS MILL, CAPON BRIDGE
18.JACOB KLINE JR, NEAR YELLOW SPRING
19.JACOB LUDWICK
20.JOHN MOORE
21.JAMES E. NELSON,NEAR CAPON BRIDGE
22.NATHANIEL OATES, CAPON BRIDGE
23.NATHANIEL OFFUTT,CAPON BRIDGE
24.MICHAEL RANNELS
25.JACOB REED
26.ANTHONY D. REGER
27.JAMES RINEHART,COLD STREAM ROAD
28.JOHN W RINEHART,COLD STREAM ROAD,CAPON BRIDGE
29.BENJAMIN F SHANE, COLD STREAM ROAD
30.FREDERICK SHEETZ, FORT ASHBY & HEADSVILLE
31.HENRY SHEETZ,  FORT ASHBY
32.HENRY SHEETZ JR,  FORT ASHBY
33.JACOB SHEETZ, THREE CHURCHES JERSEY MOUNTAIN
34.JACOB DICE SHEETZ, THREE CHURCHES JERSEY MOUNTAIN
35.OTHO SHEETZ
36.THOMAS SHEETZ
37.ZEBULON SHEETZ, COLD STREAM ROAD, CAPON BRIDGE
38.CHRISTOPHER SLONAKER, COLD STREAM ROAD, CAPON BRIDGE
39.PETER M THRUSH, BURLINGTON
40.HENRY TOPPER, COLD STREAM ROAD
41.EVAN P. WARD, CAPON BRIDGE
42.SIMEON WARD, CAPON BRIDGE
43.GEORGE YOUNG,  ROMNEY
Added 2/26/2013
44.RUDOLPH RINEHART, BEAR WALLOW HOLLOW
Recently added,
45.JAMES MERRICK, NAME ON BARREL OF  A DEFINITE HAMPSHIRE COUNTY RIFLE.
46. R P
47. H P HARRISON

NOTE: THIS LIST CONSIST OF KNOWN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY GUNSMITHS. THEY ARE NO DOUBT A FEW UNKNOWN OR UNDISCOVERED. NOT ALL GUNSMITHS WERE LISTED AS SUCH IN RECORDS.SOME WORKED AT GUNMAKING A SHORT TIME AND THERE ARE NO RECORDS ON THEM. NOT ALL GUNSMITH SIGNED THEIR WORK.
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Patchbox Sunday #3

           The following patchbox rubbings were taken from rifles made by  Benjamin Franklin Shane.                                         ...