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"D.KERNAGHAN & Co/NEW ORLEANS" marked single barrel percussion fowler - $2250.00

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Rare single barrel southern agent marked percussion fowler. Marked on lock "D.KERNAGHAN & Co/NEW ORLEANS" who are listed as having operated from 1855-1860. This exact gun is pictured on pages 172-3 of "Confederate & Southern Agent Marked Shotguns" by Pritchard & Ashworth, as credited to the Lewis Leigh Jr Collection. 31" barrel of about 0.72" bore, incorrectly identified as 16 bore in the book. British proofed on underside of barrel. Stock has unusual markings "25" in right side of butt, "13" in left side of butt in the style of military rack or identification markings, and initials "H.E.K" stamped opposite lock in the style of military inspector markings. Metal parts have simple border engravings with a pheasant on the triggerguard and an unusual sunburst design on the barrel. Metal parts have an untouched patina that varies between light and medium brown on the barrel. There is some minimal light pitting in the barrel breech area. Stock is nicely checkered in the wrist and forearm, has fine original varnish showing some patina and light handling marks, appears free of cracks and chips. Fine horn forearm tip. Fine ebony ramrod with covered ball puller on end. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.