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Northwest Trade Flintlock Gun by Parker, Field & Sons - Dated 1839

.60 caliber. 35.625" three-stage octagon to round pinned barrel. SN: NSN. Bright finish, iron triggerguard, brass furniture. Lock marked "PARKER/1839" in two vertical lines at the tail of the lock with the weak remnants the Hudson's Bay Company's "{Tombstone Fox}" on the lock and barrel. London commercial proof marks on barrel as well. Pre-1840 HBC style contract lock remains in original flint configuration with pointed tail, rounded swan neck cock with bridled and fenced rounded iron pan. Classic trade gun pattern brass "snake" three-screw side plate in the form of a dragon. Stock with raised carved apron with finial tip around breech plug tang and at tail of lock mortise and counterpane. Large iron triggerguard, brass buttplate secured by seven small brass wood screws, sheet brass stock reinforcement at stock tip and as ramrod pipes. Includes wood ramrod. The long time London gun making family of Pakers went into business circa 1592 when William Parker (I) was made "Free of Armorer's Company". The family continued with William Parker (II) circa 1656 and William Parker (III) circa 1804. With the addition of John Field in 1792 the partnership of Parker, Field & Co was formed, becoming Parker, Field & Sons by the 1830s. The first Hudson's Bay Company contract with the firm was dated 1837. Parker, Field & Sons would eventually become second only to the Barnett family of London gunmakers in the manufacture of North West Trade Guns for the Hudson's Bay Company. 

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Very good. Metal with a medium gray, moderately oxidized patina with scattered light to moderate pitting in the breech area, and mostly smooth metal forward of the barrel transition to round. Markings remain legible with the exception of the Hudson's Bay Company "Tombstone Fox" marks that appear to have been intentionally defaced. Lock remains in original flint and is fully functional, barrel shows no signs of reconversion and was inspected with an endoscope for welds and modifications at the breech. Brass furniture with an attractive golden patina. Stock crisp with some scattered chips and wood loss, particularly to the finial at the end of the breech plug apron and the moulding at the rear of the lock mortise. Counterpane with a couple of grain cracks, otherwise with scattered bumps, dings and handling marks.

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