I am sharing with you a riffle I picked up in Ohio about four years ago.
This 69 caliber smooth bore was produced or modified by Daniel Nippes. The lock plate is marked D. Nippes below the hammer :
The barrel tang is stamped "1841" and the barrel top is marked:
P- inside a circle
The stock has two burned in initials on the left side "EB and 'WAT". If my memory is correct this is a Captain William Anderson Thornton who was assigned to inspect Nippes contract muskets.
There is also the letter "P" stamped on the trigger guard below the rear screw and the metal butt plate is stamped "US"
Does anyone know what "EB" stands for?
Regards to all,