Percussion Longrifle

Gunsmith John Settel American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372

Active in the later phases of the longrifle era, John Settel was a talented gunsmith whose work shows strong influences of the Emmitsburg School in neighboring Maryland. Few rifles from this period achieve the combination of craftsmanship and creativity seen in this example. It is notable for its dramatic patch box and other brass and silver fittings engraved with restrained but attractive flourishes, all of which are well balanced in the overall architecture of the gun. The incised carving on the cheek side is a thoughtful interpretation of the rococo C-scrolls designs that inspired earlier generations of gunsmiths.

Percussion Longrifle, John Settel (American, active in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania, 1803–1873), Wood ( maple, ash), steel, iron, brass, silver, American, Franklin Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania

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