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Percussion English Trade Gun

Appears to be 16 gauge or .65 caliber shot. 36" octagon to round tapered barrel length. SN: NSN. Single shot percussion rifle or shotgun with spur hammer, Bowie knife-shaped sideplate, 4-pin lockplate, and fixed notch and blade sights. Blued metal finish, brass accoutrements, and a varnished straight grip wood stock. Features arrow and script engravings to Bowie knife-shaped sideplate, oversized serpentine trigger guard, spur hammer, upper tang on buttplate, lockplate, and to ramrod fittings. There is also a piece of silver or steel pressed with an Indian Chief head relief, fitted to top of grip. Markings to barrel include two Birmingham proof house marks to left side, and "LONDON" to top of barrel. Preceding the London mark is a "T" and three illegible marks also to top of barrel. Item appears to have had a patchbox at sometime, but is now fitted with an octagonal hardwood covering. Appears to be from the early to mid 19th century, possibly a Barnett production. 

Condition:

Good. Bore is dark. Most of metal finish has developed a rich plum patina with scattered pitting and surface oxidation overall. There is oxidation to percussion hammer and lockplate. Brass fittings show some discoloration and patina developing. Wood stock retains most of varnish. There are several cracks extending from buttplate area, replacement patchbox covering, and a knot in wood grain on right side of grip. Some losses to wood near hammer. 

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