Jacob Kuntz (American, Allentown, Pennsylvania 1780–1876 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Steel, brass, wood (maple), silver, bone, horn
L. 59 1/4 in. (150.5 cm); L. of barrel 43 in. (109.22 cm); Cal. .46 in. (11.7 mm); Wt. 9 lb. 13 oz. (4451 g)
Gift of Wilfrid Wood, 1956
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This is a classic example of a Pennsylvania longrifle, a uniquely American type of firearm popularly known as a Kentucky rifle. It was probably made around the time that Kuntz moved from Northampton County, Pennsylvania, to Philadelphia. The restrained Rococo carving of the wood and the confident treatment of the engraved brass demonstrate the skills that distinguish Kuntz as one of the finest gunmakers of the period.
Signature: Signed on the lock in stylized script: JK;
On the barrel: J. Kuntz.
Ex. coll.: Wilfrid Wood.
Peterson, Harold L. The Treasury of the Gun. New York: Golden Press, 1962. p. 144, ill.
Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor From the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 47, 64, ill.