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Period Shortened Flintlock Northwest Trade Gun by Leman

.58 caliber. 30" pinned three-stage octagon to round barrel with baluster turned rings at the transition. SN: NSN. Heavily oxidized brown metal, brass and iron furniture, walnut stock. Slightly convex rounded tail flint lock marked "H.E. LEMAN" in a vertical arc at the tail and with the remnants of the "{Tombstone Fox / PA}" mark typical of Leman's Northwest Trade Guns. Lock remains in original flint. Barrel with Birmingham style proofs that are likely Leman's own marks on the left angled flat and marked "H.E. LEMAN" in an arc and "LANCASTER, PA" on the top flat. Two-screw serpent side plate, large iron triggerguard, raised carved moldings on stock at tail of lock, counterpane and around tang. Typical corrugated ramrod pipes with wooden ramrod. Gun cut down during the period of use to a much handier length with about 6" of barrel and stock removed, with a brass blade sight added near the muzzle. Nailed buttplate removed. Shortening trade guns to "carbine" length was quite popular with the Native Americans, making the guns easier to use on horseback or carry in dense brush. This gun shows moderate wear with some period use and damage. A solid and honest example of a Native used and shortened trade gun.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Good as period modified and used. Metal with a thickly oxidized brown patina with scattered surface roughness and some pitting. Lock in original flint, functional and with a moderately eroded touchhole. Bore dark, dirty and pitted. Brass with a rich patina. Stock with moderate wear and period damage including about a 16" long sliver missing from the obverse forend at the barrel junction, other slivers and chips missing from the forend on the reverse, and the expected bumps, dings and mars.

Starting Price: $1,000
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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