A wonderful American Rev. War Dragoon carbine which just surfaced out of an old Virginia collection . The gun has a very old label attached to the buttstock which reads Rappahannock Forge .It’s almost become part of the wood and the old ink has faded out to the point where you can only see the indentations of the letters. The 37″ barrel is British proofed and has the makers initials JF . The stock is Curly maple and has many period of use repairs. Rappahannock Forge was known for using Curly Maple on the few known examples of their work. It’s American surcharged U. States on the bottom of the buttstock. In order to reduce theft, the Board of War on Feb.14,1777 recommended to Congress that all continental arms be stamped with United States. Geo.Washington gave the order to the troops in the field to have branding irons made locally for branding the stocks. In 1778 it was shortened to U.States. The lock appears to be American as does most of the furniture and the sling ring bar. A super rare American Rev. War piece.