Masterpieces of the American Longrifle,
The Joe Kindig Jr. Collection

by Patrick Hornberger and Joe Kindig, III.
Part Number: BOOK-M-ALR
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Not since 1960 and the publication of the Joe Kindig, Jr's book Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age, has a book featured rifles from the famous Kindig collection of the American longrifle. This book shows selected examples from Kindig collection, which were displayed in 2014 at the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania -- the first comprehensive public display of the collection.

Joe Kindig, Jr.. was known as the "Dean" of American longrifle collectors, having been of the earliest collectors to recognize the artistic virtues of the gun. Long a symbol of freedom and independence, the longrifle was only recently recognized as an example of America's artistic material. In the early 18th century, American gunsmiths adapted the basic design of rifles from Europe, and like their counterparts in the "old country", they began to carve the stocks and embellish the their rifles with a variety of personal designs. They added the hinged brass patchbox, and American innovation, which soon became the individual gunsmith's trademark, while their carving often equaled the best furniture carvers of their period.

This book attempts to show the high level of artistic skill achieved by these early gunsmiths, a virtue often overlooked by the general public. It is hoped the reader will appreciate the craftsmanship of the longrifle and see it as a unique American form of artistic expression, just as Joe Kindig, Jr. did almost a hundred years ago.

Hard cover 8-1/2 by 11" format, 148 pages, glorius full color.

The Table of Contents includes the following:
  • Forewardl
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chaper 1: Joe Kindig, Jr. 1898-1871
  • Chaper 2: World of the Gunsmith
  • Chapter 3: The American Longrifle
    • Rifle Dimensions
    • Notes
    • Bibliography
    • Index to the Rifles
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