Lehigh Valley Rifles

Here is a .50 caliber rifle in the Lehigh Valley style with 44 inch Getz swamped B-Wt. barrel, Davis double set triggers, and a Jim Chambers’ Siler lock. This rifle has a 14½ inch length of pull. This gun is for sale at $2700.

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Lehigh rifles are a favorite of any Pennsylvania rifle builder. Here is a .50 Caliber Lehigh with 42 inch Rice B-Wt. swamped barrel, Davis double set triggers and a Davis ‘1750 Style’ lock. The stock sports a wooden patch box and 13 15/16 inch  length of pull. It is for sale at $2200.

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Here is another Lehigh Valley rifle.

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Not all Lehigh Valley guns were fully dressed in engraved brass mountings. Many plainer guns were made in the Lehigh Valley architecture and were strictly utilitarian. That is, much of the metal mountings were sacrificed to produce a cheaper gun. Here is a “Barn Gun” with all of the trademarks of the Lehigh Valley rifle, but without all of the trimmings. Note the strap trigger guard.

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I am happy to create flintlocks that are “as new,” with a little age or, as in this example, “heavily aged.”

The patinated Lehigh Valley rifle below has a scraped finish and was created in a workmanlike level of skill. Please note the natural inclusion in the wood in the view of the cheek side star. Instead of trying to hide or repair the inclusion, it  has become an element in the design. You will see an inlay in the underside of the forestock. This mysterious figure depicted in the inlay appears on many Lehigh Valley guns. Sometimes the figure is described as a lady, a man in a liberty hat or even an Indian. Here the figure is obviously an woman.

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