An extremely rare Revolutionary War-erarifle that was stolen from a display case nearly 50 years ago has been recovered thanks to curious antiquesdealer.
The rifle, named after its creator, Johann Christian Oerter, was stolen on Oct. 2, 1971, while on loan to the Valley Forge Museum in Montgomery County, Pa.
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Members of the FBIs art crime team and other law enforcement officials returned the famed rifle Friday during a ceremony at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, according to Lehigh Valley Live.
The FBI is proud to work with our partners to mark this important repatriation and return the Oerter rifle to the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution, Special Agent Michael T. Harpster told the outlet.
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It was recovered thanks to Kelly Kinzle, an antiques dealer from New Oxford, Pa.
The dealer bought the rifle last year, thinking it was likely a replica. But while doing some research, he found a reference to the stolen antique in a 1980 book by George Shumway, an expert onlong rifles, Kinzles lawyer,Jay Robert Stiefel, told The New York Times.
Kinzle alerted the FBIsoon after his discovery, ending a deades-long mystery.
It is deeply gratifying to be able to return to this rare artifact to public view after nearly 50 years, R. Scott Stephenson, president and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, told the outlet. The Christian Oerter rifle exhibits exemplary early American artistry and is a reminder that courage and sacrifice were necessary to secure American Independence.
While its selling price is unknown, a similar Oerter rifle recently sold for over 0,000 at auction, Michael Simens, an antiquedealer in Ohio, told theTimes.
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Oerter was a member of the Moravian Church, a Protestant denomination that claims 18th century rootsin Pennsylvania. He and other Moravian gunsmiths influenced the design of early American firearms, according to the Courtesy Museum of the American Revolution.
They becameknown as Kentucky rifles or Pennsylvania rifles.
Oerterwas born on Oct 16, 1847, in Fredericktown, Pa.,and died just short of his 30th birthday, according to Moravian archives.
The rifle that was stolen was madein 1775 and represents a key part of Americanhistory. Its one of the few signed and dated rifles from that era that have survived the past 244 years, according to the FBI.
Oertersrifle will soon be back on display as part of the Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier exhibit at theMuseum of the American Revolution. The exhibit runs Nov. 6 through March 17.B:
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