Adam Ernst, one premier late 18th & early 19th century flint lock, long rifle makers. Shows early American Masonic Freemasons Ciphers. You will see three different cipher grid designs on the stock and a simple xxxx cipher grid on the side plate. These designs are seen on the two Joseph Wright, US Mint’s 1792 George Washington Indian Peace Medals. My other posts shows the grid on GW’s boots and jacket. This Masonic secret writing, art history has be lost to the gun collecting community. My new Winchester Firearm’s “Esoteric” symbolism book will cover Masonic Pig-pen ciphers in-depth, when it will be published and released this summer!


Photographs courtesy of James D. Julia Auctioneers, Fairfield, Maine, USA,

EXTREMELY FINE ADAM ERNST YORK COUNTY RELIEF CARVED FLINTLOCK RIFLE. SN NSN. This rifle has a 44-1/4” full oct bbl signed in script: “A. Ernst”. The butt diam is 1.75″. The initials “F.S.” are engraved on the lockplate in small script letters. Kindig speculates these are the initials of Frederick Sell, one of the very great master gunsmiths. In his opinion this superb rifle proves Frederick Sell worked for Adam Ernst. Many of the rifles’ details reveal Sell’s hand in its’ creation. There is unusually fine relief carving to the rear of the ramrod entrance pipe, forward of the patchbox, and to the rear of the bbl tang, beautiful relief carving covers practically all of the cheekpiece side of the stock. The carving is majestically designed and beautifully executed in the rococo style, quoting Kindig it is “Kentucky Rifle carving at its best”. Beautiful curly maple stock carries 12 engraved solid silver inlays including the half-moon on the cheekpiece that is typical of Ernst’s work. The patchbox has five piercings. Most areas of the patchbox are covered with fine engraving which is extremely strong, well executed, and well designed. A unique feature of the patchbox is its release hidden within the engraving design of the upper patchbox sideplate. It is interesting to note this same patchbox release feature is present on the lower panel of the signed ”Friderick Sell” rifle offered for sale in this auction. Around the rear screw of the sideplate is the engraved embryonic bird found on many York County Kentuckys. The well defined high comb contributes to the architectural superiority of this rifle. The cheekpiece side of this rifle is covered with unusually well designed “C” scrolls and cross hatching. Adam Ernst was working in York County, Pa. in 1838, prior to which time he was listed as a gunsmith in Berwick Township, Adams County from 1805-1811. Adam Ernst’s work varies in design, normally featuring a beautifully scrolled trigger with piercings to the rear as present on this rifle. The silver half-moon inlay on the cheekpiece is unique when compared to those found in the same position on rifles by other makers. The face on the moon is engraved with distinct human features. This appears to be the very same rifle pictured on plate #158 of Kindig’s long rifle series book: “Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age”. Accompanied by a copy of a 1972 letter from Joe Kindig III to the consignor’s father describing the rifle as “the finest example of this gunsmith’s work extant” with a fair market value of about $11,000. PROVENANCE: Purchased directly from Joe Kindig Jr. Rifle has remained with the consignor’s family since that time having never been offered for sale nor displayed. CONDITION: The rifle is in remarkably good condition throughout showing only normal and expected age related wear. There is one 3“ by 3/8” wood repair on the right-hand side behind the nosecap and another 1-1/4” by 1/4” sliver wood repair along the bbl on the left hand side forward of the sideplate. A small 1/2” piece of wood is missing to the left of the bbl tang. Appropriate for the most advanced Golden Age collection! 4-40323 RG2 (45,000-65,000)

Earliest US Mint Medal: Reveals Masonic Pig-Pen Ciphers on 1792 GW Indian Peace Medal!

1792 George Washington Indian Peace Medal Located at the Woolaroc Museum


Since having been published with the American Numismatic Society’s prestigious “Colonial Journal”. Many new advancements in the study have been made and these finds taking on a whole new meaning with the study of these exceptionally rare medals.

But the hallmarked “JW” Joseph Wright, two rediscovered medals in the last few years are the King’s of US Government early medals and the earliest known surviving hand engraved US Mint relics. Joseph Wright, the first appointed US Mint engraver, also an accomplished painter and sculptor did into the very first year of his appointment at the Mint from a yellow fever epidemic.

Over the last two years, in-depth research on Masonic Guild engraving has come to a fruition in the identification of the most basic esoteric engraving methods of incorporating written messages in the engraving art. THIS MAJOR FIND ON THE ONLY TWO JOSEPH WRIGHT MEDALS SEEN, AUTHENTICATES THEM AS REAL PEACE MEDALS!

Better known a Masonic Pig Pen Ciphers and Tic-Tac-Toe Ciphers where records of this system have been found which go back to at least the 18th century. Variations of this cipher were used by both the Rosicrucian brotherhood and the Freemasons, though the latter used it so often that the system is frequently called the Freemason’s cipher.

Both the Joseph Wright medals contain and intricate cipher system that is cut into the cross hatching of George Washington’s arms and legs. The reverse side of the medals have another variation of ciphers in the arrow feathers and only on the Wright, NY medal. Do we see the cipher grid on the birds tail feathers. Original a few year back, when the study was conducted. The research on reverse sides had me believing the ciphers were a variation form of the ancient Celt writing called ogham. Now I personally believe that these ciphers may have in fact originated from the evolution of the ogham writing system with who ever created these ciphers.

Below you can clearly see the tic-tac-toe grid and marking of some sort in the checkers: Zoom in and see that the grids were manipulated with symbols. The pigpen cipher uses graphical symbols assigned according to a key.


These methods of secret writing are “WAY MORE COMMON” than you know. The Philadelphia engravers have done many ciphers as such on other art they created. Recently, dozens of historical Winchester Firearms have been found having these same identical style of cipher grids. When you add it all up, we are dealing with secret messages that regardless of what they could or would say. Finding these ciphers make any relic of such or on weapons and even if its found in a painting. The cipher makes the relic or art a “DOCUMENT” and this basic identification of Ciphers found on many Masonic Guild Art has been over looked by academic scholars and auction houses since the founding of this nation. Other than the knowledge and art being passed down to apprentices and Winchester Firearms engravers, continued to place ciphers on their highly engraved rifles into the early part of the 20th century by the Ulrich engraving family.

Recently, important Pennsylvania long guns have been seen with these same basic style of cipher grids. What is absolutely known as fact is that the two Joseph Wright medals have these simple Freemasons Cipher grids that set them apart from even the most elaborate George Washington Indian Peace medal called the Red Jacket medal. The two Joseph Wright medals are the most important, historically significant US Government medals in US History!



Massachusetts Metal Detectorist Finds Philadelphia Engravers Seal!

Not often do I get excited about finds dug from the ground. But recently, Mr. Leighton Harrington  posted a seal he had no idea what he found until I contacted him! boston-seal

Mr. Leighton Harrington who is a dedicated metal detectorist for decades had found a very special relic indeed. One that “I PERSONALLY CONSIDERED MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY GEORGE WASHINGTON INAUGURAL BUTTON!” The GW buttons are New England and the South’s most sought after prizes that less the 1200 are known to exist.Being an original Scot Guild hand cut seal, its more important than ANY stamped Washington Button! I reference GW buttons because they are the Holy Grail of relics metal detectorists want to find!

Cut Letters MJ or MP on carnelian, the same stone set in George Washington’s fobs. Engraved by the Student John Vallance, under Robert Scot and James Trenchard. Scot and Trenched are known for engraving All the government US 1st, Great Seals and State Seals. The engraved all the George Washington button dies and Scot was the secret Jacobite sent to America to head the entire infrastructure with art in America as a President of the Guilds internationally for America.

Below is George Washington’s original US Great Seal that he officially never used! My guess because it was too perfect and is located at Mount Vernon today. What is know is Vallance with Scot and Trenchard cut this seal from my vast image studies. Vallance was the main student engraver apprentice and thats known because of his Makers mark the is ESOTERIC! Fused into the art design so the average eye would not see, other then other engravers who were part of the guild taught this art. The very point of the branch, if you blow this image up, you will see the perfect cut “V”. This has been confirmed by a dozen engravings documented to Vallance that he did use a J and V to identity the location of areas he worked on an engraved piece of art.

Who is Vallance? He was a Scottish and he came to America, under the guilds as a student. He is best known for the his Map engraving of Washington DC. The one y0u always hear about with Conspiracies with masonic maps of the streets of the cities design. Except it was Robert Scot who commissioned the piece, but Vallance did the work with a man named Thackera. Bring us to the makers marks on the Masonic Flower seen on many engravings by the guild! But not hand cut, or the hand cut engraving plates by them. The Seal shows a JT on the seal, it could only be Thackera the son in-law of James Trenchard or it was Trenchard himself. My honest opinion is was an early piece with James before he left to England in 1793 to never come back to America.


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Trenchard is known for his famous Magazine the “Columbian Magazine”  which published engravings of the first ever seen US Great Seal that the public had seen for the first time in 1786. When the seal was designed in 1779 and cut in 1781! So an entire 12 years passed and the average America never knew what the Great seal looked like!


boston-seal-dug <<<<<<Click open to see the Seal makers marks

I placed Boston on the title of the document so I can reference the few relics by these artist in Massachusetts. The Engravers of Philadelphia did so few engravings of ANYTHING associated to Massachusetts because famous engravers already where established there(But Were Under the Guilds Control). But even Paul Revere and Webb who documented would have been under the Scottish Thumb of Robert Scot with the guilds and thats a fact!

What makes this seal unique is the Robert Scot created this monogram style in America that was used by the guild under him. Attached is the a document that shows how rare these monograms really are. From William & Mary’s Collages secret Society medals to George Washington’s nephews seals! Even Thomas Jefferson Lost Seal is identified in in the monogram style to Scots design.


Lawrence A.Washington Seal, rarest United States examples of Robert Scots hand cut snakes on the ends of the monograms.

You can see the monogram is very much in the identical style with Lawrence Washington’s Seal. Few ever relics made by the Philadelphia artist are ever found, period to the time. There is a painting I found documented of the Governor of Mass by Scot, existing in Boston. James Trenchard in his famous Columbian Magazine, honored Boston by showing his famous engraving of the US Stars and Stripes flying at Castle Island.

What it boils down too is that very few hand cut relics, hand painted relics or ever dies engraved/cut by these men exist outside institutions and museums. One that due survive, academics have no clue to the significance of the relics surviving that exist today.

thomas-jeffersons-lost-seal<<<<<<<<Click on the Link and see images of several Monograms by Robert Scot and the Philadelphia engravers. The design origins we know belongs to Scot from the records surviving that he did the William and Mary Collage medals for the secret society.

There is much more that has not been presented on Mr Leighton Harrington seal, but its rarity and significance is very valuable none the less being hand engraved by the Philadelphia engravers.


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