Of all the historic braces I own,
this one is my favorite because it was made by a master
Pennsylvania Long Rifle maker, probably in the late 18th
... and he incorporated the
Pennsylvania German icons common on such rifles into this brace.
The star, the arrow, diamond, and
the heart motifs each had a meaning at that time to the users of
those elegant rifles. Note that this brace mimics the hexagonal
shape of a long rifle barrel and the lever has the filed
checkering on flintlock rifle cocks. This brace is tool art at
The Meanings and Lore of Brass Embellishments is
explained on the
Smith & Wesson Forums.