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Flintlock Hudson's Bay Trade Gun by Sargant Brothers

.58 caliber. 36" pinned three-stage octagon to round barrel with baluster turned rings at the transitions. SN: NSN. Browned finish, brass and iron furniture, beech stock. Pointed tail lock in original flint with rounded iron pan that is fenced and bridled with a rounded swan neck cock. Lock marked in three arched vertical lines at the tail "SARGANT/BROTHERS/1850" and with the Hudson's Bay Company trademark "{Tombstone Fox}/EB". Barrel marked "LONDON" on the top flat and with another Hudson's Bay Company mark and a set of post-1813 Birmingham commercial proof marks . Typical Northwest Trade Gun features including serpent side plate, over sized iron triggerguard, carved moldings around the lock mortise, counterpane and tang and simple screw retained flat brass buttplate. Ribbed brass pipes retain what appears to be the original wooden ramrod which has been carved at the end into a jag. Sargant & Son, later Sargant & Brothers, produced Northwest Trade guns for the American Fur Company and the Hudson's Bay company from the mid-1830s through the early 1850s. A solid example of a mid-19th century flintlock trade gun made towards the end of the period that this gunmaker was in business.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Very good. Metal with traces of finish and a mostly attractive mottled brown and plum patina, with some scattered surface oxidation and some scattered roughness. Markings remain mostly clear, lock functional, bore moderately oxidized and pitted. Stock with some repaired cracks in the forend, which shows more moderate wear than the balance of the wood. Otherwise with the usual scattered bumps, dings and mars. Buttplate with crack at tang.

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