Original U.S. New England Flintlock Fowling Piece with British Birmingham Proofed Barrel - circa 1770

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely example of a New England Pre-Revolutionary War Fowling piece. Most likely assembled using a British "Trade" Lock, this hunting gun also has a British barrel, bearing proofs from the Gun making city of Birmingham. It also is marked WS / & Co. between the proof marks, which we have not been able to identify. Probably one of the multitude of gunsmiths in the Birmingham area.

The musket is all brass mounted, with a full length stock and ramrod. The lock side plate is quite elegantly designed. It is possible that this was eventually pressed into service as a "militia" musket, but the thin barrel walls suggest that it was really intended as a shotgun for bird hunting. Lock action is strong, and holds correctly at half cock, firing at full.

In nice condition, fully cleaned and ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: c.1770
Caliber: approx .67" about 16 bore/gauge smoothbore
Cartridge Type: Shot and Powder
Barrel Length: 44 1/2 Inches

Overall Length: 61 Inches
Action type: Side Action Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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