Samuel Gobrecht

York County, Pennsylvania Circa 1800


  • Antique Samuel Gobrecht Rifle

An unsigned Pennsylvania longrifle safety attributed to Samuel Gobrecht listed as a gunsmith in York County tax records for 1807. An unusually nice architectural example of this man’s work with strong curl grain configuration, an old surface and in nice old condition. A well executed fore-stock molding and lower butt molding accompanied by an undulating incised line. The barrel is octagonal to round, 59″, and is the original length.

This rifle is extremely similar in every detail to #162 in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky rifle in its Golden Age. The engraved patch box on this rifle is identical to #162 as is the design of the rear butt stock carving, although this example has a combination of incised and relief carving.