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Single barrel percussion fowler by Richard S. Lawrence of Windsor, VT - $750.00

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Single barrel percussion halfstock fowler by Richard S. Lawrence of Windsor, VT. Lock marked "R.S.LAWRENCE/WINDSOR VT." And barrel with V, P, and eagle proofs, indicating it having been made as a US musket barrel, that was either rejected or surplus. Lawrence lived from 1817 to 1892 and was a prominent gunmaker in Windsor, Vermont from 1836-1856, at which time he became Superintendent of the Sharps Rifle Company in Hartford, CT until 1872. He was noted for his partnerships with Nicanor Kendall and Samuel Robbins, making several models of contract arms for the US government. Standard musket barrel of 42" length and .69 caliber, with added engraving to tang. Metal parts have a light patina on the brass and dark patina on iron with some expected pitting in the barrel breech area. Stock is possibly of cherry with an old varnished finish, possibly original, nicely checkered in the wrist, with stained imitation forend cap. Has a small crack behind the bolster and a small crack by the lock screw. This is an interesting American made fowler by a prominent early Vermont industrialist. Mechanically good including tape primer, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.