|C1810-20 Southern American percussion shotgun by John Schirer, Charlestown, SC - $2250.00|
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Historic early southern American percussion shotgun. Signed on locks by Charleston, SC gunmaker John Schirer and cartouched in platinum panel on top of barrel "CHARLESTON". Schirer was born in Germany in 1774 and had a well-established operation by 1811 in Charleston at 188 Meeting St, latter-day address of the 1804 Charleston City Market. He relocated to Church St in 1820 and in 1826 patented a means of "cooking" a gunstock and bending it to better fit an individual shooter. He died unfortunately in 1828, and his widow, Mary Charlotte, is listed in Frank Sellers "American Gunsmiths" as successor 1828-1829. This is the only example we have encountered of a woman in the Gunsmiths book.
Very long 43-1/2" barrels of about 0.67" bores. Nicely engraved barrel breech and locks, gunsmith made furniture is plain iron, metal parts have an attractive chocolate patina overall with some pitting in the breech area and a little old rust on the barrels. Hammers mismatched. Old handmade ramrod. Stock is plain walnut with cheekpiece, evenly worn overall, repaired break in wrist with small chip at rear of right lock and small crack at front of right lock. Small piece at front of left lock possibly replaced long ago. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.