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This rifle is a copy of a rifle made by J Ferree and used at the battle of Miller's Blockhouse in Western PA in 1783. There were two Ferree's that could have been the maker, Joel and Jacob. Most historians believe the maker was Jacob based on a rifle with a similar patchbox and barrel signature with JACOB FERREE in block letters on the sideplate. Jacob was a Lancaster smith until moving to Allegheny Co. in Western PA.

The .54 cal. barrel is 42 in. long, 1 1/16 in. at the breech tapering to 13/16th and flaring to 7/8th in.

A Rice premium barrel with wide round bottom grooves and narrow lands. It's held with steel wedges with steel oval heads. The front sight is sterling silver made by folding silver sheet, brazing into one piece and filing it up. I think sterling sights are the best. The show up well in the dark woods or in bright light.

The lock is a Chambers early Ketland highly modified. Reshaped hammer and plate with a simpler top jaw screw and larger hammer screw. Pretty close to the lock on the original. The handmade patchbox has the release button in the buttplate tang.

Length of pull 13 1/2 in.

Signed and dated.