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Old January 13, 2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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help in identifying 1800's era longrifle


lookin for some help identifying this rifle I inherited. It was in my grandfather's collection in Canton, Ohio.

Only mark I can find on it is two I's dissected by an arrow on the lockplate. Possibly J.B. Hixon
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:03 PM   #17
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Classic Kentucky rifle, probably original flint lock adapted to percussion cap from the ill-fitting wood inletting around the lock plate combined with the horizontally screwed-in piston.
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Old January 19, 2013, 04:59 PM   #18
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J. B. Hixon, gunmaker of Antrim, Guernesy County, Ohio 1856-60. His mark was a "H" pierced by and arrow(from Small Arms Makers by Gardner). I'd guess that your I's disected by the arrow are really the legs of the "H" that Hixon used as his mark.
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Old January 20, 2013, 04:25 PM   #19
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yup, I was pretty sure the lock was a Hixon. Rifle came from Ohio, but normally I'm told he marked his barrel also, which this one doesn't seem to have a mark. No clue as to who the stock and barrel maker was, I don't know much of anything about the styles of manufacturer to even hazard a guess. And if this had been converted from a flinter to a percussion, I'm not sure it's even possible to determine.
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Old January 20, 2013, 04:27 PM   #20
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someone had mentioned that the patch box cover looks like an Evick from West Virginia, which may make sense, because my family came from West Virginia and settled in Ohio back in the 1800's. So it is entirely possible the rifle came with them, and the lock was replaced while the rifle was located in Ohio
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