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Chief's Grade Flintlock Trade Gun by Morley

.66 caliber. 37" pinned round barrel. SN: NSN. Browned barrel, brass furniture, walnut stock. Flat stepped lock in original flint with bridled and fenced rounded iron pan and flat faceted swan neck cock. Lock marked "G. MORLEY" under the pan and with a "{Wild Boar}" surrounded by a hunting horn at the tail. Barrel weakly marked "LONDON" on top and with post-1813 Birmingham commercial proof marks as well as a deeply stamped set of maker's initials that read "T?". Breech plug tang lightly engraved, as are the flat brass side plate, buttplate tang and escutcheons around the lower pin. Typical German silver "Indian Chief" thumb piece at wrist. Fixed notch rear sight and German silver front. Corrugated ramrod pipes retain an old wooden ramrod. Only two gunmakers named "Morley" are listed in either Bailey or Blackmore, with the only one appropriate to this gun being John Morley who worked in London during the first quarter of the 19th century. This suggests that the mark may be a retailer or sales agent mark rather than a maker's mark. A solid example of an early 19th century Chief's Grade trade gun by a rarely encountered lock marking.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Very good. Metal with some of the original lacquer brown finish, with moderate wear and loss, some scattered surface oxidation and roughness and some areas of light pitting. Markings remain mostly legible. Lock functional, bore heavily oxidized with pitting. Brass with a medium golden patina. Stock with scattered wear, bumps, dings and mars and a repair to the wood around the upper rear of the lock mortise.

Starting Price: $1,500
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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