William Antes was born in 1735. He worked in Philadelphia for a period of time, and moved to Northumberland County in 1781. There are only 4 pieces by his hand that have been published, to my knowledge. The original rifle had a 47" barrel. I chose to use a 44" barrel, and scale down the rifle to match.
The Lancaster patch box, truncated C scroll, and "Bucks County" curve serve to make this piece unique amoung the rifles coming from colonial America, as well as a graceful, well balanced shooter. It features a 44" Rice 50 cal barrel, Chambers "Dale Johnson" lock, and sand cast butt plate and trigger guard taken from patterns from the original. Available for $3500.00
This rifle qualifies as a one of a kind piece. The 58 caliber barrel was copied from an original taken from a 1760s rifle. The lock, also patterned from an original of the same period, was built using a Chambers "gun builders lock", and custom cock, frizzen, pan and frizzen spring. All lock internals are standard parts from Jim Chambers. The butt plate and trigger guard were sand cast, and the ramrod thimbles are made with "stepped" inside diameter, yielding a continuously tapered ramrod. Stained with aqua fortis and finished with leaded linseed oil, this "slightly antiqued" piece contains the best features of period gunsmithing. Available for $5500.00
I have always liked this rifle of Dickert's, and so I decided to copy it as an addition for my display table. The rifle features a 41" barrel, customized lock including the cock and lock plate, custom made double set triggers, and sheet brass patch box and ramrod thimbles. I tried to capture the "flavor" of the original, as well as it's ease of handeling and balance. I would be glad to build you one just like it, just give me a shout!....Thanks...Dan
All items, including the case, were made in my shop.
The pistol is based on Wm. Henry's "Nazareth". It is trimmed in sterling silver and stocked in Ohio walnut. The cleaning rod and round patch box are cocobola. The turnscrew is O-1 tool steel handled with ivory. The powder flask is brass over copper, and throws 25 grains. The oil vessel is brass. The case is quartered oak, and lined with English baize wool. I can provide you with any of the items in this set, or a custom lined case for your pistol. Feel free to call anytime. Dan