Flintlock Longrifle

Gunsmith Jacob Kuntz American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372

Jacob Kuntz ranks among the most artistically accomplished and longest living American longrifle makers. Recognized as one of his finest rifles, this example is characterized by its gracefully architected stock adorned with beautifully designed and engraved metal mounts and carvings. The curved upper and lower profile of the buttstock is typical of the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania, where Kuntz lived and worked before he moved to Philadelphia in 1810. The carving is a testament to his comfort and skill with popular rococo ornament, as is the lively and imaginative design of the engraved brass patch box cover.

Flintlock Longrifle, Jacob Kuntz (American, Allentown, Pennsylvania 1780–1876 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Wood (maple), steel, iron, brass, silver, bone, horn, American, Philadelphia

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