Interesting Find In Old House: 2 PA Long Rifles
I was talking with a co-worker the other day and he was telling me about an interesting discovery his father-in-law found in his home in southern Delaware; Indian River Bay. The house was orginally a plantation in that area.
The home dates from around 1730 and the FIL has owned it for the past 40 years, but is getting ready to sell it. He was cleaning out the basement and came across a crawl space he had never gone into in all the time he was there. He got in and made a really interesting discovery:
Inside the crawl space, first wrapped in cloth, and then greased paper, were what appeared to be two Pennsylvania flintlock Long Rifles, along with two full powder horns! He said you could still smell the pork fat that the paper seemed to be soaked with. The powder was packed tightly in the horns and the rifles were in really great shape, with the only visible damage being part of the stock of the one looked like it dried out and cracked a little.
He's going to have them appraised soon. What a find!