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GOLDEN AGE KENTUCKY
BY JOHN BROOKS
LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA

If you ever wanted to know what a Golden Age Kentucky looks like coming in out of the woods after 200 years of service, this one is par for the course.  This gun was made by John Brooks of Lancaster, Pennsylvania right around 1800.  The barrel is clearly signed J. Brooks.  It has been converted to percussion and has a Calderwood lock.  Calderwood made guns and locks in Philadelphia.  The gun was originally full stock Tiger Stripe Maple with an ornately engraved Daisy Head patch box and incise carved.  The bore is approximately 50 caliber, maybe 52.  The patch box, trigger guard, butt plate, inlays, etc. are clearly John Brooks' patterns.  John Brooks is listed in Kindig's book "Thoughts On the Kentucky Rifle In Its Golden Age."  On pages 138-141 you will find narrative history on John Brooks and a picture of his Daisy Head patch box which is present on the gun I am selling.  As you can see from the photos, the old gun has fallen on hard times.  It would certainly be worthy of TLC and a professional restoration.  On these guns, sometimes this is all you can get.  SOLD!!