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John Gunderson Antique Militaria
unusually fine very plain American-made percussion fowler with Golcher lock - $495.00

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Unusually fine condition very plain C1850 American made halfstock percussion fowler. "Josh Golcher" marked percussion back action trade lock. 38" barrel of 12 gauge bore. Barrel has a rudimentary "wedding band" decoration between octagon breech portion and round portion of barrel. Metal parts have an attractive dark patina, lighter in areas where it would have been handled, with some expected pitting in the barrel breech area. Nice original shotgun rod with threaded end for implements. Stock is very good, showing light wear and use with minimal minor marks from handling, has a small crack behind the barrel bolster. Stock even has a carved line and is painted black to simulate an ebony or horn forearm cao. This is a really folksy gun that a skilled maker put his best effort forward, while probably not having access to the best material, or the most affluent customers. It is unusual to find guns meant for the common man in this condition, since they were made to be used by people who were hunting for subsistence and didn't have the luxury to take their gun out only occasionally, or replace or add to their possessions frequently. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.