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C1760 New England cherry stocked flintlock long fowler - $4950.00

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C1760 New England cherry stocked flintlock long fowler. 47-5/8" barrel of about .56 caliber bore, or 28 gauge. This gun has a wonderful patina overall with dusty crevices. The barrel has an octagon breech section with tastefully sculpted flats, with one flat that continues down the length of the barrel, ending just forward of the front sight. Early British trade lock marked on the inside "I.STOKES". The flintlock configuration is possibly original, the lock having the correct hammer and frizzen spring finial, and a well-worn pan. The barrel has a well-worn flash hole that may be been rebushed during the period. All is dusty with an old patina. No barrel proof, suggesting American manufacture of the barrel. Attractive open work brass sideplate, plain brass ramrod pipes, triggerguard, and 3-step buttplate are all plainly and gracefully formed American-made pieces. Metal parts have a natural patina overall with minimal pitting in the barrel breech area. Large butt with early long wrist flutes balance the long barrel perfectly about 1 inch behind the rear projection of the ramrod ferule. Stock is nicely border carved with "tail" around rear of lock and sideplate, with "fan" carving around the early flared barrel tang. The wood has a nice natural patina with expected light handling marks, a very old chip at right side of butt toe, hairline crack to left of barrel tang, and several minor diagonal cracks in forearm edges, associated with a couple minor chips. Early style curled trigger, interesting period soldered repair to front of triggerguard bow, and a handmade period forearm cap. Even the hickory ramrod is antique, possibly original, having a rich patina and shadows from the ramrod pipes. This is the finest, most untouched early fowler we've had to offer in some time. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.
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