Nicholas Beyer is one of the most well-recognized makers of Kentucky Rifles who not only made beautiful rifles, he made lots of them. In fact, he was a machine. I have probably seen more Beyer Long-Rifles in person and/or in books than those of any other maker. He also made varying qualities of Kentucky Rifles, so much so, that you could classify them as outstanding, very fine, very good, good and ho-hummers. Joe Kindig said that he thought Beyer learned his trade from J.P. Beck or apprenticed with him as their work is sometimes quite similar. I can't agree yet, as I'm about a lifetime behind Kindig on the experience scale, but I'm learning. This particular rifle appears to be a very good one and probably made later in Beyer's career. It shows 2 silver inlays on each side of the wrist, a silver thumbpiece and a star on the cheekpiece. There is some graceful incised carving on the wrists and the rear of the cheekpiece. The patchbox is very quaint, with minimal engraving but a finely fashioned head with bird-head motif of Pennsylvania Dutch style. The gun shows some crack repair to the end of the stock on each side of the muzzlecap, but no replaced wood or repairs anywhere else on the gun. The lock has had an excellent reconversion to flint. I bought this gun just a few days before attending Tim Hodges fine show in Winchester, Va. This is a very nice Kentucky Rifle (or Pennsylvania Rifle) from a well-known maker, priced very fairly.