Jonathan Wetzel worked in Snyder County (1826-1845) . Most of his rifle are found with just his initals JW . Those with his full signature are extremely hard to find. This rifle is signed by him J Wetzel on the top flat of the 37 1/2 "barrel which is rifled and of .52 cal. These heavy barrel large caliber Kentucky rifles are what the early frontiersmen carried West with them due to the larger game and greater dangers. The barrel is fastened to the stock by wedges as opposed to pins due the weight and large caliber. The lock has been reconverted back to flintlock and needs some attention as the cock sometimes slips off half cock. The curly maple stock is in very good shape and is adorned by a 5" brass inlay on the comb and a brass saddle plate on the forestock. It's profusely incised carved to the rear of the cheekpiece. The 4 piece brass patchbox exhibits 5 piercings. A very attractive and historic rifle!