George W Glaze born 1779 in Hampshire County, son of George Glaze. He grew up on the South Branch of the Potomac near Springfield WV. While he learned to make guns from his father, there is evidence that he served some kind of apprenticeship in Winchester Virginia. Speculation is with one of the Lauck Gunsmiths. Records indicate that he was in Hampshire County VA & Oldtown Maryland until 1827 when he went to Pickaway County Ohio, just after the Death of his father George, who moved there in 1808 . We do not know exactly how long he stayed in Ohio. The 1840 Census puts him in Hendricks IN. George remained there until his death in 1862.
The following rifle by George W Glaze is an exquisite rifle in pristine condition. As you will see with this rifle and subsequent photos that follow, his pieces are works of art. They are as good as any of the masters working in the Golden Age period and Glaze doesn't take a back seat to anyone. Take special note of this particular piece that you will see in the following photos. The lock is one of a kind. The carving is not a cookie cutter design. In fact all of his carvings vary to some degree on his rifles so as to express himself to the best of his ability. No major restoration has been done on this rifle you are about to see. It is in it's unaltered state ( attic condition) , with only a minimal amount of work done to conserve it. This is the first time any photos of this rifle has been shared publicly. So get a beverage of your choice and sit back and enjoy the following presentation.
Signed in Silver Inlay on Barrel
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Barrel 35" long.
For everyone that is interested in schools of long rifles, and are students of them. Here are some elements that we think you will enjoy. The architecture is early Hampshire County "Golden Age" at its best. The relief carving has a wonderful blend of the Cumberland Maryland School as well as the Winchester Virginia School. The butt plate return is definitely Winchester School, as is the silver hunter star and wire inlay. The brass under cheek piece inlay using silver headed round nails are found in the Cumberland School. The heart inlay at the wrist is held in place with a silver rectangular head nail is found in the Winchester and Hampshire County Schools. The wrist carving is of the Winchester and Hampshire Schools. The blending of the schools result in a superb presentation piece.
This lock made & signed by Glaze is one of a kind that we have not seen before. We have no idea why he built this lock. Could it be to see a vision come to fruition, or was made to strengthen the area where the lock mortise, trigger & guard are usually found? If indeed he made it for these reasons, he saw his vision come to reality. With all the internals now externals on the lock, the area is now stronger than any normal rifle. Take a few moments to study this lock.
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Termination of stock molding only adds to the artistic merit of this rifle.
The only non embellished area on this rifle. Actually this lets your eyes fixate on the fantastic relief carving on the cheek side of rifle.
This seven pierced patchbox is one of our favorite design and is found on other rifles by the great masters of this area, Frederick Sheetz and William Britton.
Hidden lid release is found on the bottom panel of the patchbox. Pushing below the lower left hand screw releases the lid.
Note the line in the lower butt-stock region in the above picture. This is found on a few early Hampshire County rifles. The wood was added during construction as not to waste a premium piece of maple.
Silver wire inlay surrounding the hunter star.
Church Steeple, arrowhead or pointed finial.
To some the silver heart inlay represents the "Fifth wound of Christ". Beautiful relief carving on wrist.
Silver captured key inlay. Incised forestock molding.
Vent pick holder.
Incised carving on nose of fore-stock abruptly terminates due to a early repair.
Tastefully engraved brass toe plate.
Vent pick or feather hole.
Incised & low relief flower terminating the fore stock molding near rear entry pipe.
|Metal to wood fit on rear entry pipe precisely done.|
Detailed image of high relief carving is found on George W Glaze's work well past the Golden Age era.
Round silver nails.
Long blade on front sight dominates his work
Virginia School rectangular head nails used to fasten silver thumb plate.
High relief carving.
Case hardened tang.
Winchester School brass butt plate.
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Special thanks to the caretaker of this fantastic antique long rifle. Please do not copy pictures.