Flintlock Rifle with Case and Bullet Mould Made for Colonel Jacob Bates (1746–1836)
Silas Allen Jr. (American, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, 1785–1868)
American, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Steel, silver, brass, wood, silver wire
Rifle (a); L. 55 3/4 in. (141.61 cm); L. of barrel 40 1/2 in. (102.87 cm); Cal. .51 in. (12.7 mm); Wt. 11 lb. 2 oz. (5046 g); bullet mould (c); L. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); Wt. 5.6 oz. (158.8 g)
Gift of Christian A. Zabriskie, 1938
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
Silas Allen produced a large number of muskets for the state militia in addition to custom-made hunting and target rifles for private customers. This rifle is possibly his finest work and ranks among the best New England rifles of the early nineteenth century. Its original owner, Jacob Bates, was a distinguished veteran of the American Revolution. The rifle was acquired for the Metropolitan Museum in 1938 directly from his great granddaughter Ethel C. Morse.
Inscription: Inscribed on the outside of the lock: W ALLPORT; on the inside of the lock: W A; on top of the barrel: S. Allen; and on each arm of the bullet mould: HALL'S RIFLE.