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American Longrifle

Gunsmith Martin Shell Jr. American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372

Martin Shell worked in Paxton Township, near Harrisburg, and is considered one of the leading gunsmiths of Dauphin County. This rifle may be his finest work, demonstrated by its elegant architecture, confident and skillfully executed relief carving, boldly shaped and engraved patch box, and unusual but visually appealing use of inlaid silver wire under the forestock, as well as the silver appliques on the comb of the buttstock.

American Longrifle, Martin Shell Jr. (American, 1763–1817 Paxton, Pennsylvania), Wood (maple), steel, iron, brass, silver, American, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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