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A VERY RARE COLONIAL/FRENCH & INDIAN WAR PERIOD AMERICAN FLINTLOCK FOWLER/RIFLE?, ca. 1740S-1750s: In overall fine, untouched original flintlock condition. Heavy, 44 1/2", three sided, probably once rifled, iron, small caliber (.59 caliber), American-made barrel with a brass blade fore-sight, a full length sighting rib/plane and a buck-horn rear sight of copper. Bore is very rough and possibly bored smooth. Molded and relief-carved Cherry wood fullstock, with a pronounced comb, a very slight Roman-nose curved butt, a relief and incised-carved and fore-stock and a carved rococo scallop shell at the barrel-tang. The base of the handrail with a relief carved arrowhead. American-manufactured, flat, beveled, banana-form, bridle-less, unsigned lock (please see Battle Weapons, pg. 37 fig. 27): complete and in functional order with its original flat gooseneck hammer. Early, rifle-type, American, cast brass trigger-guard with a fern-shaped forward finial and a rear finger spur behind the bow. Screw-fastened, American-made, engraved brass buttplate with a stepped arrowhead finial and a “hound’s tooth” border engraving. Four (4) sheet brass ramrod pipes for a wooden? Ramrod (now fitted with a possible working-life replaced iron rammer). Triangular rifle-type sideplate: its borders engraved en suite with the buttplate. In overall fine untouched condition. The barrel retains a nicely toned, smooth, chocolate brown patina with light discoloration and silver highlights overall. Fine stock with some minor handling marks, sharp contours and 85%+ original finish: some wear to the relief carving and an old repaired hairline behind the barrel tang. In original flintlock configuration with all of its original components. A fine example of an early Colonial Period American Made Fowler and possibly Rifle. ****Although the barrel no longer appears rifled, it very likely originally was and it has worn from repeated use or was bored smooth. The features of this gun, e.g. The style of the stock, barrel and hardware strongly suggest that it is an early Colonial Period, frontier made Rifle. Its proportions are slim and graceful yet the barrel is very heavy, thick walled, small caliber and is fitted with a rear and front sight. Also it is not fitted for sling swivels or a bayonet lug and it has relief carving similar to that on other rifles of the Colonial period. A rare and early Colonial American Longarm dating to the F & I War Period, ca. 1750s. Overall length, 61”.

Price: $7.000.00

RARE GERMAN FLINTLOCK HUNTING CARBINE by HANS KEINER, ERGER, ca. 1685: Molded hardwood full butt-stock with raised comb. Deeply chiseled steel mounts in a baroque scroll pattern with black lead background. Swamped octagonal rifled 10 3/4" barrel deeply chiseled throughout en suite, with three-stage rear sight and signed at the tang Hans Keiner, Erger. Steel side plate engraved in same manner with a depiction of a bare-breasted female figure playing kettle drums. Articulated trigger guard also engraved. Steel butt plate engraved with Coat of Arms consisting of a round-shield, bow, arrow and quiver. Lock plate deeply engraved throughout and retains all its black lead background. Hammer of very early form with a long spur atop for cocking. In overall excellent condition retaining nearly all its finish throughout. Original steel ramrod. Length overall 24,"

Hans Keiner of Erger, Prussia, ca. 1677, is best known for his heavily chiseled wheelock arms. Examples of his work are exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Castle Osterstein, in Germany. Keiner is considered one of the best German gunsmiths of his time. See J. F. Hayward The Art of the Gunmaker vol. 2 1660-1830.

Price: SOLD

LATE COLONIAL/REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD NEW ENGLAND FOWLER, ca. 1770s: In overall very fine original flintlock condition. The round, sighted, pin-fastened, smoothbore, .80 caliber, swamped, English, 48", recycled fowler barrel with two pre-1740 London Proof marks and a “RW” maker’s mark. Maple? fullstock of early American form, having a raised lobe at the tailpipe and made without a sideplate. Colonial-manufactured and recycled Brown Bess, brass furniture: Buttplate with a stepped tang, two (2) American-made, sheet-brass ramrod pipes (made without a tailpipe), a brass wrist escutcheon and a Shortland-Pattern English trigger-guard with acorn finial. The lock, a recycled Pattern 1756 (post ’64 construction), Brown Bess lock, with the gooseneck hammer, the lockplate and the frizzen-back having double thread engraving. The face of the lock with a Crown GR marking and a Crown Board of Ordnance acceptance mark, the tail marked “TOWER”. In overall very fine original flintlock condition. The iron surfaces of the barrel and lockplate exhibit an even smooth brown, age patina. The lock with all of its original components, strong markings and untouched surfaces: in crisp functional order with some scattered light pitting overall. Very fine New England fowler form and stocked to the muzzle-tip. Retains 95% of its varnish, has sharp contours and some very minor handling marks: a repaired hairline at the fore-end tip. Lightly toned brass hardware with smooth surfaces. A very nice example of an American-Made Revolutionary War Period New England Fowler. Iron ramrod with button-head tip. Overall length, 67". For a nearly identical example, please see H. Michael Madaus: The Warner's Collector's Guide to American Longarms, pg. 50.

Price: 4,775.00

A VERY FINE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD AMERICAN-MADE TIGER MAPLE STOCK, OFFICER'S FUSIL, ca. 1780: In overall very fine original flintlock condition. The round, pin-fastened, 38", smoothbore, .67 caliber, unmarked, American-made barrel with a top mounted bayonet lug/sight light engraving at the very end of the breech. Beautifully figured, Tiger Maple fullstock of a Land Pattern-inspired design, having simple raised carving around the lock mortise, a pronounced drop to the wrist and a long fluted handrail: a slight lobe at the tailpipe. Of typical Colonial American manufacture: made without a raised apron around the barrel tang. Colonial-manufactured brass furniture: buttplate of Land pattern design with a stepped tang, (4) American-made sheet-brass, barrel-form ramrod pipes and a pin-fastened nose-cap. American-made trigger-guard with an angular-shaped bow profile and a forward attachment for a sling swivel (missing). Fitted with two sidebolt washers: an attempt to reduce production time and inletting. The lightly "leaf engraved", unmarked American-made lock with flat surfaces, a bridle-less powder-pan and a gooseneck hammer. In overall very fine untouched original flintlock condition. The iron surfaces of the barrel exhibit an even, smooth, brown age-patina. The lock with all of its original components and matching surfaces: mechanism will not hold on full-cock. Very Fine stock with 85% of its finish, sharp contours, some very minor handling marks and a minor/tight stress crack on the fore-stock. The wrist with a period brass repair, which does not detract from the overall appearance of the gun. Richly toned brass hardware with an untouched mustard patina throughout. A High Quality example of an American-Made Officer's Fusil, ca. 1780. Original American-made iron ramrod: missing forward swivel. Overall length, 56". An outstanding and very attractive American-Made Musket (fusil) with all American components. For similar examples, please see "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution", pg.

Price: SOLD

AN AMERICAN USED REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD SHORTLAND PATTERN/SECOND MODEL (PATTERN 1768) BROWN BESS MUSKET, ca. 1770s: 42 inch, round, pin-fastened, iron, smoothbore, .75 caliber barrel with a top bayonet lug/sight and two baluster turnings at the breech. Regulation Pattern 1756 (post-1764) lock with single screw behind the cock and marked "Tower" and with a Crown "GR" beneath the pan. The rounded gooseneck hammer of P.-1756 design with a slotted spur. Original flintlock configuration in functional order: some wear/pitting in the powder-pan and around the touch-hole. Barrel retains a dark, even, brown age patina with some light scattered pitting near the breech and its marked with two Board of Ordnance Proof marks. The lock, is a lightly cleaned steel gray color with isolated patches of fine pitting near the pan: good markings with a distinct Crown and "TOWER”. Retains its iron ramrod with button-head and lacking both sling swivels. Regulation brass hardware with an even, lightly cleaned tone: four brass ramrod pipes, a vacant brass wrist escutcheon, a flat sideplate with tail, a buttplate with a stepped tang and the trigger-guard with a hazelnut forward finial pin-fastened fore-end cap. Regulation walnut fullstock with a pronounced lobe on the handrail and a well defined fluted comb on the butt: the left side of the butt with a working life carved cheek-piece and an “ER” owner’s initials indicating American use. Marked with two Board of Ordnance acceptance marks behind the trigger-guard and with a Storekeeper's mark on the right face of the butt: another pair of initials- in nails (partially obliterated) near the storekeeper's mark. In overall very good original flintlock condition. The stock with fairly sharp contours, some heavy wear to the beaver tail apron at the barrel-tang and to the carving around the lock/sideplate mortises: minor chip at the wrist escutcheon. Some minor fills and old repaired hairlines along the forestock. In good sound condition, with smooth surfaces, 65% finish and scattered handling marks. A well used and reasonably priced example of an authentic, original flintlock example of a Revolutionary War Period Second Model Brown Bess Musket dating to ca. 1770s. *****The Pattern 1768 was the earliest production design of Second Model/Shortland Pattern of Brown Bess and it was used throughout the War. The refaced frizzen, hand-carved cheek rest and the carved initials strongly indicate an American used weapon. Please see G. C. Neumann's: Battle Weapons" pg. 64.

Price: SOLD

RARE GRIFFIN & TOW COACHING CARBINE, ca. 1770s: In overall very good original flintlock condition. The 16", pin-fastened, octagonal to round, smoothbore, .64 caliber barrel with two London proof-marks and a faint "IG" (Joseph Griffin 1741-1782) maker's mark. The breech with the reminents of a "London" marking within a balloon border; and fitted with a scroll-engraved iron tang (missing rear 1/2). The lock of high quality manufacture with a sliding rear safety (missing), a rounded lockplate and gooseneck hammer, each with a "hound's-tooth" border engraving. Clearly engraved, under the powder-pan, "Griffin & Tow" (Griffin & Tow, London England 1772-1782, please see H. Blackmore: Gunmakers of London 1350-1850, pg. 104) Molded and carved, figured walnut fullstock with a pronounced raised comb and made without a butt-plate provision. Engraved brass mounts: a raised "S"-shaped sideplate, two barrel-form ramrod pipes and the trigger-guard with an acorn finial and a "Tudor Rose" engraved on the bow. In overall very good untouched original flintlock condition. The barrel with dark untouched surfaces with some moderate scattered pitting and discoloration overall: visible, though worn markings on the breech. Lock with a strong mainspring and all original components: the hammer will not hold, as the sliding safety interferes with the sear": smooth dark patina and clear markings. Very good stock with smooth surfaces, 75% of its finish, some minor handling marks and some very light scratches overall. Sharp contours and very tight fitting to the mounts and mechanism. Associated? wooden ramrod and forward barrel-key. Overall length 30 1/2". A rare and untouched English coaching carbine made by one of the best gumakers of the 18th century.

Price: $3,550.00

EXTREMELY RARE TRIPLE SURCHARGED! REVOLUTIONARY WAR USED MODEL 1754/63 CHARLEVILLE MUSKET: In overall very good untouched original flintlock condition. The round, band-fastened, .75 caliber, 45 1/2", barrel with top-mounted bayonet lug and a bold "US" Surcharge on the early-type octagonal breech-top. Regulation walnut fullstock with pronounced comb at the butt, a repaired hairline at the wrist, filled holed initials, a mended section at the fore-end tip and a faint “US” surcharge, in large characters, on the right face of the butt. Model 1754 lock, with flat gooseneck hammer, faceted powder-pan and curled tail on the frizzen. The face of the lock with some scattered pitting and discoloration: the inside of the lockplate with a “CG” maker’s/inspector’s mark. Clearly marked on the tail of the lock, with a large "US" surcharge. Full iron mounts: buttplate with short screw-mounted tang, trigger-guard with long teardrop finials (period brass insert at the sling stud), three barrel bands, two spring mounted and the uppermost band with a sight. Flat "S"-shaped sideplate, the inside marked with a “Monier?” Maker’s name. In overall very good condition with the noted minor repairs to the stock. The barrel, lock and furniture retain a pleasing smooth brown patina with clear Surcharges and some pitting at the breech, touch-hole, and lockplate. Original components and missing both sling swivels. The stock with smooth surfaces, some scattered handling marks and retains 65%+ of its finish: marked with a French inspector’s mark at the top of the left comb. A Rare example of an Early (Model 1754/63) Triple US Surcharged Charleville Musket. Original iron ramrod with hand forged worm. Overall length 60 1/2". A US Surcharged "Charleville" Musket, certainly used by Colonial troops during the War of Independence.

Price: $8,875.00

AN UNTOUCHED REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD MODEL 1766/8 “CHARLEVILLE” MUSKET, ca. 1768-1773: In overall fine, untouched, "attic", original flintlock condition. The 44 1/2", band-fastened, round, smoothbore, .74 caliber barrel with a top-mounted bayonet lug and a “V” inspector's mark on the top of the breech. The lock of standard configuration with a flat lockplate and reinforced hammer and strongly marked "Manuf... Marbeuge", under the faceted iron powder-pan. Walnut fullstock with pronounced comb and full iron mounts: three barrel bands--the rear with the band spring “improvement” of 1768, trigger-guard with long teardrop finials, screw-fastened buttplate, and a flat "S"-shaped sideplate with an inspector’s mark. In overall fine, untouched, "attic" original flintlock condition. The barrel retains a toned brown/gray patina with mottled surfaces with some scattered light pitting. Lock in functional order with matching untouched surfaces. The stock with smooth, brown/tan surfaces, 85% of its original finish and some very minor handling marks and tight hairlines. The hardware with a toned gunmetal-brown age patina. A fine example of an untouched American Revolutionary War Mdl. 1766/8 Charleville Musket. Retains its original iron ramrod and sling swivels. Overall length 59 3/4". Of the nearly 100,000 arms given to the Americans by France, the Model 1766 musket was supplied in a such a great number, that it later served as the pattern for the United States' first musket-- the Mdl. 1795. For examples, please see George C. Neumann: Battle Weapons of the American Revolution, pg. 94.

Price: SOLD

VERY RARE 1799 DATED US MODEL 1795 SPRINGFIELD MUSKET: In overall very good+ reconverted condition. Band-fastened, round, iron, smoothbore, .69 caliber, 44 3/4" barrel with a top-mounted bayonet lug. The breech with clear "P", "V" and Eagle Head proof marks. Regulation, "1768 Charleville-type", Black Walnut fullstock with smooth light brown surfaces, some minor handling marks, several owner's initials including a "WM" on the butt and a small chip under the lock. Stamped behind the trigger-guard with an "IS" inspector's mark. Full iron hardware with a steel-gray age patina and lightly cleaned overall: fitted with an associated Mdl. 1816-type ramrod. The butt-plate with the rare, 1799 date. (first year of production and considered one of the rarest US military shoulder arms.) The Type I (reconverted) lock with a faceted iron powder-pan, flat beveled contours and a flat reinforced hammer. Very good, Type I, undated, Spread Eagle/US markings under the powder-pan and "Springfield" on the tail: typical wear and weak striking often seen on these early Springfield locks. In overall very good+ reconverted condition. The barrel with visible proof marks and smooth surfaces: some light scattered pitting overall, heavier pitting at the breech and a well-concealed bushing at the touch hole -- which is not completely drilled through: an ethical reconversion not intended to deceive. Stock with various handling marks, light bruises, scratches and a minor fill repairs on the butt-face. The mechanism with all of its original internal components; and in functional order. Lightly pitted, age patina on the lock, barrel and hardware. ***A very rare example of America's first Military Musket, made in the very first year of its production. Manufactured at the famous Springfield Arsenal of Springfield, Mass. The 1795 commenced the long lineage of this Arsenal, which to this day, produces arms for American troops. Overall length, 60".

Price: $9,250.00

UNMARKED TYPE I MODEL 1816 CONTRACT MUSKET, ca. 1820: Complete and original throughout except for the replacement, button-tip, iron ramrod. Standard, 42", smoothbore, .69 cal, round, iron barrel with top-mounted bayonet lug. The breech with no visible maker's or proof marks. Unmarked, American walnut fullstock of standard Model 1816 design. Regulation Model 1816 iron hardware with a smooth evenly toned, dark surface: forward-mounted sling swivel stud (missing the rear swivel). Unmarked lockplate with all original components. In overall very good+, untouched, original flintlock condition. The barrel retains smooth surfaces with an untouched brown patina: some very light pitting at the touch-hole. The hardware with matching smooth chocolate-brown surfaces. Fine stock with very light handling marks and 95% original finish: a tight hairline on the fore-stock. Original flintlock configuration with good mechanics: will not always hold on 1/2 cock position. Overall length, 56". An unmarked, Type I Model 1816 Contract Musket.

Price: $1,875.00

A FINE JAPANESE MATCHLOCK TEPPO, ca. 1780: In overall fine+ untouched condition. Octagonal, 32", watered-steel, pin-fastened, .65 caliber, smoothbore, iron barrel with straight muzzle, block rear sight and silver fore-sight. Decorated overall with engraved clouds and dragons inlayed with silver: worn. Lacquered red-colored mulberry fullstock of typical EDO-period form with fishtail butt; inlayed on the left side of the butt and along the fore-stock several round brass inlays. A decortive open heart-shaped inlay at the breech end of the ramrod channel. Traditional Japanese snap matchlock mechanism, made without screws and having an exposed brass mainspring and serpentine: brass lockplate and trigger. Made without a trigger-guard. In overall fine+ untouched condition. The barrel with dark surfaces and some scattered pitting and the noted wear to the engraving/silver-inlay. The hardware and lock retain an untouched brown-mustard patina throughout and in mechanically functional order. Very Fine stock with 95% of its lacquered varnish finish and some minor handling marks. A fine original 18th century Japanese matchlock rifle of high quality construction. Original slotted wood ramrod. Overall length 45".

Price: $2,500.00