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)


Mithraic-Zoroastrian Symbolism and Hartford CT, Freemasonry Symbolism Found on Colt Pistol Grips!Cosmic Cow.jpg

Notes: Its now acknowledged that Colt Firearms engravers and the Ulrich family of engravers followed this history. Herman Ulrich’s fancy exhibition Colt pistol grips, show even better detailed Masonic symbolism on the carved bull grips, representing this Cosmic  Religion associated with the Military of ancient Romes Legio’s.

Here is a link on the Great Seal history I worked on in the past while, linking Mithraic history.

Geomantic Information Systems; Exploring Axis Mundi, the Earth Grid …
… of the United States have already been exposed by researcher Gary Gianotti. …. Many tales of Joseph Smith state that he displayed the ‘hand up’ Masonic …

Quote from GIS “Three of the most easily recognizable symbols that comprise the Great Seal are the truncated pyramid, the all seeing eye, and the Phoenix bird that many feel the eagle on the seal actually represents. Indeed many early versions or drafts of the Great Seal include a bird with a plume on its crown that does not resemble the eagle and is representative of the Phoenix of the Mithraic faith of what was once the Persian Empire. Mithraism would also go on to be very popular in the Legions of Rome at about the time of Christ. Interestingly some of the origins of fabled Knighthoods may lay in the working and values of the Byzantine (Greek) and Roman (Latin) Legionaries themselves. The all seeing eye symbol is clearly associated and documented as being a product of dynastic Egypt.”

*The Link Below is a 60 plus Images document on Firearms engravers with Colt and Winchester.

PDF]American Relic Journal#1 – Electric Scotland
Gary C. Gianotti FSA Scot; Milford, CT. Figure 1. President Theodore … friends and people he admired. May 2016 The American Relic Hystery Journal Number 1 …

Ulrich Art Manipulation of Numbers! The 4th Degree Symbolism & Lodge 47 Symbolism Numbers!


Having learned of the fitters marks on Winchesters. Now it can be said that the person who blued the internal parts of the Teddy Roosevelt Rifle was in no question an Ulrich. Im going to do a review of the hi-resolution images and come to a conclusion of which Ulrich was a Mark Master Mason. The horse design is Hermans, but Conrad could have also don the horse. There is alot going on with small symbolism in the shading and on the buffalo’s hoof, upper one! Having spoke to the Cody Museum! The 4 by the lever is a mark of the fittewr who put the gun together. Except that I now have three “4” marks that are definitly Masonic ! I have to conclude that the symbolism is to the 4th Degree! Maybe it was done in a manner to inspire the President to advance his learning with Masonry! Historians all know Roosevelt was sick after his South America expedition and shortly over the years he had past. Factually, Roosevelt was a Blue Lodge Master Mason and here we see the Ulrich’s presenting higher degree symbolism!

Over the last week I tried to find any horses done by the Ulrich’s and so far this is the only horse with the crossed hoofs that make a perfect number 4!


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Herman Ulrich’s Makers Mark’s Found on both the Roosevelt 1876 and 1892 Winchester’s.

In the study of engravings over the years I have found that many people are not able to see the smaller makers marks. This find in rediscovering Hermans Ulrich’s maker marks are found on is Colt pistol engravings and on several other Winchesters documented to Herman Ulrich. What is uniques is that these marks are identical in design. Three of these marks are found on TR’s 1876 and two are clearly found on TR’s 1892.  These marks that are bold letters ” UH “and seen as “HU”! Colt’s engraver contacted Leslie Ulrich in the 1950’s and asked about Leslies fathers makers marks and Leslie said his marks were 1/16th on an inch in size. Where these are found as what appears to be scratch marks often. Except, each Ulrich had 3-4 different personalized letter makers marks and a variation of their own punch marks.


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The Ulrich Engraved Annie Oakley Winchester. Masonic All-Seeing Eye Found & Lodge Number 79 In two location’s! Teddy Roosevelts matching makers mark to Oakleys Winchester by Leslie Ulrich.

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The All Seeing Eye is about a s perfect as one gets to see in the scroll with a shaded Eyebrow. The scroll art to the left of the eye does have the large 79 numbers. Done in a style that conforms to several found on documented Ulrich engraved winchesters. Leslie Ulrich’s mark has never publicly been seen until now. This same “T, L” mark is found on the Teddy Roosevelt 1892. Cut as large as Annies mark by Leslie. Now, I have read that no other Leslie Ulrich rifles have not been identifed to him, other than this rifle he did for Annie Oakley! Well, there are three Winchesters with Leslies Master Mark found. Which only means he did Scout, not the entire 1892. The 1892 is the only known rifle to have makers marks and punch marks by the entire Ulrich family. Leslie wrote the Ulrich name fully spelled out, nect to his “T, L” makers mark. The smallest ever seen, Ulrich name as big as a tic tac. Eye is dead center of the scroll.

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Leslie Ulrich’s Makers Mark on the Teddy Roosevelt 1892 & the Ulrich Name Spelled out! The first time ever seen Leslie Ulrich with his name spelled out. Note the symbols I put in boxes. Read the Talisman marks document! Right here, the Theodore Roosevelt rife has not ony the name spelled out. We have one of the few known Leslie Ulrich documented matchs with a fully documented rifle of Annie Oakleys with Leslie. Except my evidence shows that Leslies dad and uncle did do work on the Oakly rifle as well. NOTE: THE T/L Mark for Leslie is not a scratch, as you can see percise deep cuts!

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