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  This brace is tool art at its finest! by James E. Price 1 of 2  


Of all the historic braces I own, this one is my favorite because it was made by a master Pennsylvania Long Rifle maker, probably in the late 18th Century...

 

... and he incorporated the Pennsylvania German icons common on such rifles into this brace.

The star, the arrow, diamond, and the heart motifs each had a meaning at that time to the users of those elegant rifles. Note that this brace mimics the hexagonal shape of a long rifle barrel and the lever has the filed checkering on flintlock rifle cocks. This brace is tool art at its finest!

The Meanings and Lore of Brass Embellishments is explained on the Smith & Wesson Forums.


 
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