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    Cool find at my favorite hayfield.

    Found this cool rifle plate today. Script reads "Made by Benoni Hills" Any ideas on it's age?
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    wow!!!!
    "Through the 18th century Connecticut gunsmiths like Benoni Hills of Goshen produced superb fowling long-barreled..."
    https://connecticuthistory.org/a-pio...ticut-firearm/
    Looks like a super piece!!!!
    ...and central NY is close to Goshen, CT

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    Awesome find !!!
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    Great find!

    There is some information about Benoni Hills and his gun business starting on page 3 of this document:

    https://americansocietyofarmscollect...n-1730-To-.pdf
    Lifetime totals:
    8 Large Cents, 392 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 9 Shield Nickels, 67 V Nickels, 122 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 128 Barber Dimes, 384 Mercury Dimes, 238 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 15 Barber Quarters, 17 Standing Liberty Quarters, 85 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

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    Thanks guys!

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    Incredible Find! Wow!
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    Congrats on the side plate and great job straightening it out , please share with us the type of method you used .

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    Thanks Danny.
    I used a heat gun and very slowly tapped with a plastic mallet against a block of wood. Heat and tap, heat and tap. Unfortunately there was already a crack in it, I had to be careful not to make it worse. After it was straight I used a brass brush for cleaning and then Ren wax.
    Rich

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