Upper Susquehanna Rifles

As newly trained gunsmiths from the Lehigh and Berks Co. areas went out on their own in the very late 18th and early 19th century, many of them followed the settlers along the upper reaches of the west branch of the Susquehanna River. Here the two styles melded together to form what many today call the Upper Susquehanna style of rifle.

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This rifle is a bench copy of an Upper Susquehanna style marked J*W on the top of the barrel. I have had little success finding out who J*W is but from the very shallow carving and the designs used, I think he may have apprenticed to Leonard Reedy.

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Another, more loosely interpreted, copy of the J*W marked rifle in the style of someone who may have apprenticed to J*W or J. Dreisbach.

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Upper Susquehanna Rifle after John Dreisbach; a flintlock rifle maker of the period. This rifle is priced at $2800.

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