Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA,half length, right side.

Featured Longrifles, Shot Pouches, Powder Horns, & Fraktur

Presented here are some longrifles, shot pouches, powder horns and fraktur of which I am particularly proud. I specialize in recreating southern, particularly Virginia, rifles; and all the firearms currently featured here are representative of styles and motifs found in Virginia from about 1770 to 1830. Click on the photo or link for detailed information about the object and how you can order one like it.

Longrifles

I have a particular interest in iron mounted longrifles. As a whole, there were very few longrifles that were iron mounted. The iron mounted rifle is a particular product of the southern Appalachians, generally running from about Rockbridge County, Virginia down the Allegheny mountains into the Great Smoky mountains of Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. You will also find a few in Georgia and Alabama. The one shown here represents an amalgamation of Rockbridge County, Virginia features in iron that never would have existed together. This is my personal chunk gun (a heavy target rifle shot prone over a “chunk” or rest) and I took considerable artistic license with traditional motifs of the region. Still, I think it represents some of my best work to date.

Gun #12 – Iron Mounted Virginia Flintlock Chunk Gun
Rifle #12, fantasy flintlock longrifle after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA, Full length, right side
Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA,half length, right side.
Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA, cheek

Shot Pouches & Powder Horns

Not only do I enjoy building traditional muzzle loading firearms, but I also like to make the shot pouches and powder horns that go with them. As I have no desire to compete with full time pouch or horn makers, I confine myself to relatively simple, historically correct, shot pouches and powder horns that would have been carried with the more traditional firearms that I create. Even though my creations are relatively simple, I have been nationally recognized for the quality and historical correctness of my work, with the following Early Virginia shot pouch and horn being published twice in national magazines.

Early VA Pouch & Horn
Early VA shot pouch and powder horn, Bag #10, Horn #6 - Front
Bag #10, Horn #6 – Front

The shot pouch and powder horn combination shown below would be appropriate to carry with any of my iron mounted longrifles. The heart shaped shot pouch was very common in the southern Appalachians in the 19th century, and is actually my favorite going well with the chunk gun shown above.

Southern Heart Shaped Pouches
Heart shaped shot pouch and Wythe Co.,VA powder horn, Bag #11, Horn #7 - Front
Bag #11, Horn #7 – Front

Fraktur

Shown below are two of my best fraktur. Fraktur are the illuminated documents and related folk art created by German Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries. The first is a typical fraktur document; a Geburtschein or birth certificate. The second is a purely decorative work based on fraktur illumination.
Hand lettered and hand colored Geburtschein using Design 1 in a Faux Painted Frame
Hand lettered and hand colored Geburtschein in a Faux Painted Frame
Purely decorative contemporary fraktur water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a hand painted frame.
Purely decorative contemporary fraktur water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a hand painted frame.


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