John Gonter started his apprenticeship in 1776 in Lancaster , Pa. at the age of 14. He made rifles there throughout the Revolutionary War and the 1780’s. In the 1790’s he moved to Hagerstown, Md. and continued his trade there until 1801 when he relocated to Columbia, Lancaster Co., Pa. In 1824 he relocated to Berks Co. Pa. Today his rifles are highly sought after. This rifle retains his signature on it’s 42 3/4″ .52 cal. octagon barrel . The ramrod is probably a replacement .The action on the London imported lock is good and the double set triggers work flawlessly. It was converted from it’s original flintlock to the percussion system in it’s period of use. The pierced patch box exhibits fancy engraving as does the silver Star of Bethlehem on the check piece. The curly maple stock has acquired a beautiful untouched patina. A very attractive rifle by John Gonter !
Kentucky Rifle John Gonter
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