Original U.S. Double Barrel 12 Gauge Percussion Shotgun by Ethan Allen & Co. - Circa 1860
Original Item: Only One Available. Ethan Allen was a renowned American Gunsmith work worked until 1871 in Worcester, Massachusetts. In his life he had many Partners and business associates, including Charles Thurber and Wheelock both of whom he made guns with.
This is a fine example of an Ethan Allen Double barrel percussion shotgun about 12 gauge. It is a double hammer gun, 42 1/2 inches in overall length, with a 27" barrel engraved on the rib:- FINE STUB TWIST. This of course refers to how the barrels were forged. These were usually made by heating old files, quenching the red-hot metal to make it brittle and then pounding it into very small pieces. This was added to a quantity of nail stubs from horse-shoe nails. The mixture was heated in a furnace to fuse the component parts. The metal was then hammered into rods and twisted and welded into tubes in the usual manner.
The locks are each marked E.ALLEN & CO. MAKERS., with some very nice floral engraving. In just beautiful condition the original ram rod has a screw on the bottom end to withdraw a lead ball. Both locks function correctly, holding at half cock, and firing at full cock.
Fully cleaned, a real beauty, ready to Display
Year of Manufacture: circa 1860
Caliber: .720" approx 12 gauge
Cartridge Type: Lead Shot and Powder with Percussion Cap
Barrel Length: 27 Inches
Overall Length: 42 1/2 Inches
Action type: Side Action Locks
Feed System: Muzzle Loaded
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