Jacob Hoak ( -1831) was a gunsmith and gun lock maker. In 1778 Hoak made 68 gun locks on a Pennsylvania Committee of Safety contract. From 1800-1808 Jacob Hoak was taxed as a freeman gun smith. from 1809-1830 he was a freeholder gunsmith, all in Strasburg Township, Lancaster county P.A. Tax lists usually refer to him as " Hoke". Jacob was from what is commonly referred to as the " lancaster School" of gun makers. This full stock rifle has a beautiful maple wood stock and wooded ram rod.. The 34 3/4' octagon barrel has a clear bore that is free of pitting but also almost free of rifling. The top of the barrel is signed in script "J. Hoak" The total length is 51". All furniture is brass. There is a very ornate patch box with a top button release. The entire patch box measured 7". Some original wax/grease still remains inside. The barrel is held by three(3) pins as well as the tang screw. The toe plate is 4 3/4". The nose cap is 1 5/8". The ram rod guide piece is 3 1/4". The back side plate is 3 3/4". The trigger guard is 8 7/8". There is a raised cheek piece on the left side of the back stock. There are double set triggers. The patina on the barrel/ lock and hammer all match. The lock is original percussion and works well. There has been no conversion from flint lock as I can tell. No evidence of a flash pan is apparent. I believe Hoak would have had time to build a percussion gunbefore his death in 1831. The percussion system came into being in 1807. The percussion cap by 1814-16. Percussion guns were widely used by 1820 and became more universal by 1826. But here's the thing. My research does show earlier Hoak rifles more ornate than this one . This is a beautiful gun, and yes in original percussion. But I want to be honest. I also feel that at some point very early on this gun may have been restocked. It would be this or Jacob just made this one with a more plain, although beautiful stock. This stock does show the typical signs of hand wear in the normal places. And as I mentioned before much of the original rifling is gone. These points would support that the rifle had been around for a while. But in any case, it's a very handsome rifle indeed. I have a couple more pictures I could share with you upon request. I am not happy unless you are.
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I am a private collector and retired History teacher in a small SW Wisconsin city.My main focus of collecting is in American Civil War items. Interested as well in French and Indian/ Revolutionary War and all militaria areas.
Very interested in scoped sharpshooter rifles of the American Civil War era. I hold a current C and R Lic.