Thank you for your comment jims, I wanted to see if I had the computer skills up to snuff to get these pictures posted here. Success it seems! This rifle by Abia Butler Smith was made in Allegheny County PA ca 1840. Smith liked to experiment with ballistics and this piece was just such an experiment. The barrel was rifled with the new idea of twin groove rifling for a belted round ball. Just like the British Brunswick rifle in a much smaller caliber. This is a 32 caliber bore. I do not know if his experiment was very successful as this rifle has had very very few shots fired through it. It appears to have been stored in a closet somewhere since it was made.
Nice rifle. 170 years old and still looking good. Bet with the right ball shoot pretty good too. And easy on the powder horn and lead stockpile at 32 cal. What a wonderful reminder of where we have come from. a beautiful rifle. Great metal work, adornment and beautiful wood. I'm thinking the stock is maple but since not in hand can't be sure. Thanks, 10 ga