19th Century Half Stock Golcher .50 Cal. Kentucky Long Gun
19th Century .50 Caliber Percussion Golcher Rifle | This James Golcher Philadelphia half-stock rifle features a back action lock, tangent rear sight, checkered wrist, brass patch box, and carved cheek piece | Maple Stock | The octagon barrel measures approx. 34″ | The rifle was built using a “JAS GOLCHER/PHILADA” marked lock plate with some light floral designs that extend to the hammer.
Gorgeous 19th Century .50 Caliber Percussion Golcher Rifle | This James Golcher Philadelphia half-stock rifle features a back action lock, tangent rear sight, checkered wrist, brass patch box, and carved cheek piece | Beautiful Tiger Maple Stock | The octagon barrel measures approx. 34″ | The rifle was built using a “JAS GOLCHER/PHILADA” marked lock plate with some light floral designs that extend to the hammer. Nearly all rifles with Golcher/Goulcher marked locks were produced by other gunsmiths using locks made by the Golcher family. It was common practice for rifles to be built from parts of varying origin in the 19th century. Condition: NRA Antique Fine – This antique firearm is a beautiful 19th C. long gun and would be a perfect addition to any collection.
Joseph Golcher was a lockmaker who was located in Philadelphia PA circa the mid 19th century. His locks were sold to gunsmiths all over the country, particularly in the East. He made percussion and flint gun locks circa 1825 – 1860. His brother was James Golcher (II) (1810- ). Proprietor, Eagle Gun Works (q.v.). gun and pistol makers, but primarily gun lock makers. [Dirs., 1841, 1846, 1855; O’Brien’s Wholesale Dir., 1849]. The U.S. Census of 1850 showed James Golcher, age 40; Ann, 38, his wife; William, 16; Mary, 12; Ann, 10, all born in England; Thomas, 8; James, 6; Sarah, 2, all born in the United States. This suggests that whatever gunlocks he may have made before 1833 were made in England and production in the U.S. began about that time. James Golcher III (1846- ) was also a gunlock manufacturer; the Son of James Golcher II and brother to Thomas L Golcher and William Golcher. Philadelphia, c. 1880.
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