|Military double barrel shotgun by F.H.Clark & Co., Memphis|
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Confederate military style percussion double shotgun with period sling swivels. Marked on locks "F.H.CLARK & CO. MEMPHIS". 3 shotguns of the Clark company are pictured from pages 206-213 in "Confederate & Southern Agent Marked Shotguns" by Prichard & Ashworth, along with selected pages from an 1850 catalogue of the company. Frederick Harvey Clark operated a diverse business in Memphis from 1841-1866, starting an extensive catalog of firearms in 1850 with "a Gun Emporium, on a large scale, in which will be found guns suitable for all kinds of game, in every variety of size, style, and price." Barrel is not proofed, suggesting American manufacture. 31-1/2" barrels of about 0.68" bore. Proper military style sling swivels are present brazed to the ramrod pipe and screwed into the belly of the buttstock. This style of sling swivels are also pictured in the book. Iron mounted with plain furniture. Metal parts have a light to medium patina overall and some scattered light uncleaned rust. Stock is good, showing average wear and use overall with an old varnished finish. There is a repaired diagonal crack in the left side of the forearm and some typical scattered marks from handling. Original ramrod with worm has tip broken off. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.