Relic Condition British Board of Ordnance Chief's Gun

.59 caliber. 36.75" three-stage pinned octagon to round barrel. SN: NSN. Heavily oxidized metal, brass furniture, hardwood full-length stock. Commercial percussion lock has an illegible marking and is an old, period of use replacement that is ill-fitting and secured by numerous nails. Barrel with British Board of Ordnance proof marks, indicating that this gun was part of the 1813 contract during the War of 1812 to provide firearms to the British Native Allies. The gun was altered to percussion by the drum bolster method during the period of use and the lock was likely replaced at that time. Barrel appears to have been shortened 2"-3" during the period of use, with the stock cut back appropriately. Wrist with an old, very crude repair using a piece of sheet iron and numerous nails. Lock screw escutcheon missing, retains original buttplate. Stock missing barrel pins with a piece of bailing wire in the middle pin position to retain the barrel. Stock with two corrugated brass ramrod pipes and an old wooden ramrod. Consignor's notes say this gun was acquired from a family farm on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness


Fair, relic condition. Completely untouched and heavily oxidized with a thick brown patina and moderate amounts of surface roughness. Not mechanically functional, bore heavily oxidized and pitted. Brass with a dark, uncleaned patina. Wood well worn with drying cracks, numerous bumps, dings and mars, wood loss around the lock mortise and the repair to the wrist and ill fitting lock issues noted above.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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