Late-19th Century Hudson's Bay Company Percussion Trade Gun by Barnett

.58 caliber. 30" pinned three-stage octagonal to round barrel. SN: NSN. Browned finish, brass and iron furniture, Enfield musket style walnut stock with checkered wrist. Enfield-style lock marked "BARNETT/LONDON/1885" forward of the hammer, with a Hudson's Bay Company's "{Tombstone Fox/EB}" at the tail. Upper left breech flat marked with London commercial proof marks and a "24" gauge mark indicating .58 caliber. Three-screw dragon motif serpent side plate, flat brass buttplate, oversized iron triggerguard. Gun shortened roughly 6"-8" with the forend shortened an additional 4". Retains a single corrugated brass pipe and wood ramrod. A solid example of a later 19th century trade gun that retains the early style multi-stage barrel, side plate, buttplate and large triggerguard that were typical of this from from the mid-18th century onward and combines them with Pattern 1853 Enfield pattern lock, bolster and stock, which in this case incorporates the raised carved apron of the earlier production guns. This style of trade gun would predominate production of these items for the majority of the time they were produced, from the 1860s into the dawn of the 20th century.


Good to very good as period shortened and modified. Barrel with an attractive mottled brown and gray patina that may include some traces of finish. Metal lightly oxidized with some scattered light surface roughness and some pitting in the breech and bolster area. Lock mechanically functional, bore fair, heavily pitted and oxidized. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars and some grain drying cracks in the forend and butt.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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