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C1770 American assembled percussion conversion long fowler - $750.00

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C1770 American assembled percussion conversion long fowler. 43-5/8" barrel that is engraved and inlaid with brass embellishments. Barrel engraving incorporates a fancy letter "W" and has a flat sighting plane incorporated into the forward 2/3 of the top of the barrel. Lock is identified as a 1760s British trade lock in Flintlock Fowlers by Tom Grinslade. Nicely shaped but plain iron triggerguard with oversized bow. Sheet brass buttplate and ramrod pipes are plain American made pieces. Lock bolt escutcheons are absent. Metal parts have a dark patina overall with some pitting in the barrel breech area and light storage rust overall. Plain stock has the dramatic drop to the butt often seen on early guns. Wood has some age checking in the butt and a small crack by the rear lock bolt. By the ramrod ferule is a well disguised splice where the forearm was restored. Ramrod has an unusual lead tip. Hammer has light spring tension but does not cock. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.