PA-KY Long Rifle Signed by Henry Carlile and James Golcher

.40 caliber. 42" octagonal barrel length. SN: NSN. Pennsylvania-Kentucky style long rifle with percussion lock action and fixed notch and brass blade sights. Browned metal finish with brass and silver accoutrements. Solid fiddleback maple stock has a straight grip and cheek rest with floral and scroll carvings to both sides of buttstock. Metal fixtures include a brass buttplate and serpentine style trigger guard, with eight key shields, a brass lock plate on left side, and a medallion marked with what appears to be "J.L." in cursive to wrist. There is also a medallion to cheek rest with a patriotic American Eagle engraving. Triple pierced patchbox is opened by pressing on toe of buttplate and has engraved designs to lid. Item has set triggers and action is functional. This long rifle appears to be signed by two different gunmakers. The first signature is "H. Carlile" to top of barrel. Second signature is marked "JAs Golcher/Warranted" to lockplate. Includes ramrod and small metal ramrod tip that was found in patchbox. 

This item appears to have been manufactured by Henry Carlile/Carlisle of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, sometime in the 1830's-1840's. The percussion lock was most likely made by James Golcher of Philadelphia. Golcher was from a prominent family of locksmiths who operated in the Philadelphia area during the early to mid-era of long rifles. He is believed to have been active sometime before and after 1833. 


Fair to good. Bore appears dark. Most of browned finish appears to have worn away and developed into a grey-brown patina overall. Wrist has a small hairline crack behind lockplate on right side. There is light scratching to wood stock overall. Lockplate has some gapping between wood to metal fit. Large screw fastening left sideplate may be a replacement. 

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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