Flintlock Longrifle

Gunsmith David Cooley American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372

David Cooley's rifles have an uncluttered appearance and feature crisp, high relief carving, fine engraving, and elegant overall architecture. This is perhaps the most refined of his few surviving works. He was strongly influenced by his proximity to two important schools of gunmaking: the Emmitsburg School, to the south in Maryland, and the Chambersburg School, to the west in Franklin County.

Flintlock Longrifle, David Cooley (American, Pennsylvania 1790–1856), Wood (curly maple, ash), steel, silver, brass, American, Heidlersburg, Tyrone Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania

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