3

Early Full-Stock Flintlock Trade Gun

.62 caliber. 47.5" pinned three-stage octagon to round barrel with baluster turned rings at the transitions. SN: NSN. Metal heavily oxidized, iron and brass mountings, highly figured stock, possibly of maple. Unmarked flat beveled lock with pointed tail has an unbridled, faceted and fenced iron pan and slightly beveled flat swan neck cock. The lock remains in original flint configuration with an old period of use replaced bridle. Despite the strange profile of the cock, removal of the lock makes it clear that cock was made for this lock and has been with the lock since the period of use. It is this cataloger's opinion that the cock was probably made in America at the time of the bridle replacement, thus the odd form yet perfect fit and obvious age. Barrel with early sunken London commercial proof marks. Typical trade gun features include the oversized iron triggerguard and the simple, flat buttplate, secured by seven square head nails. The flat brass side plate is similar in appearance to some Sea Service pistol side plates and may have been repurposed for the assembly of the gun. Mr. Ness notes that this gun is "a little strange", but it appears to be an early American-made trade gun using mostly British made parts that was later repaired to keep in service. The stock certainly appears American and the unbridled pan and nailed buttplate are early features that suggest the gun dates to the late 18th century. A very attractive "Pennsylvania" style, full stock early American assembled Trade Gun.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Good. Metal heavily oxidized with scattered surface roughness and some pitting. Lock remains in original flint, remains fully functional and is moderately pitted. Bore condition is commensurate with the external condition of the metal. Ramrod is a modern replacement. Stock shows scattered bumps, dings and mars and moderate wear.

Starting Price: $2,000
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Internet Bidding
 

Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us
 

SHIPPING & PICKUPS 

Cowan’s Cincinnati Office offers an in-house, full-service shipping department which is unparalleled in the auction industry. Shipping costs are provided with your finalized invoice 24-48 hours after auction. For furniture and oversized items, we recommend using third-party services. For more information, click HERE or contact cowansshipping@hindmanauctions.com.  

CALIFORNIA & NEW JERSEY BUYERS: Due to recent changes to California and New Jersey law, we require all firearms, whether modern or antique, be shipped to a licensed FFL dealer. Please plan accordingly.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please note that Cowan's only ships firearms to a United States addresses regardless of antique status. It is the responsibility of the buyer to organize the export of their firearms to their country of residence. Cost of shipping to an exporter will be included on your invoice as the shipping cost, however the cost of exporting is solely the buyer's responsibility.

NOTE: All pickups and preview are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 513-871-1670 or email cincinnati@hindmanauctions.com