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American Art: Kentucky Rifle by Master Artisan Leonard Reedy

Winning the “Best Carved Rifle” Award from the Kentucky Rifle Association is no small feat, but this treasure of American craftsmanship by Leonard Reedy is every bit deserving.

The definition of early American art, this Kentucky rifle, or American longrifle, not only features classic carved scrollwork, but a wonderfully engraved brass patchbox, graceful lines, a silver cheekpiece inlay, and handsome brass furniture.

Similar examples of Reedy’s work from the Golden Age of American gunmaking can be found in both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Joe Kindig Jr.’s seminal work “Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age.”

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