Flintlock Longrifle

Gunsmith George Schreyer, Sr. American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372

George Schreyer Sr. was an important member of the first generation of Pennsylvania gunsmiths who created a uniquely American style of decorated firearms. This rifle beautifully displays some of the major strengths of Schreyer's work, notably the quality, originality, and extent of the relief-carved decoration on its curly maple stock and the fine form and engraving of its brass mounts. Schreyer was a prime proponent of the York School, which influenced the style of generations of gunsmiths in neighborging Pennsylvania counties as well as parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Flintlock Longrifle, George Schreyer, Sr. (American, Conewago, Pennsylvania 1739–1819 Hanover, Pennsylvania), Wood (maple), steel, iron, brass, silver, American, Pennsylvania, York County

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