FLINTLOCK PENNSYLVANIA FOWLER, Late 18th Century
This fullstock fowling piece was made in the late 1700's in Pennsylvania. The stock is completely "in-the-black" and is unusual in that the entire stock consists of broadly curled cherry, the surface of which is untouched. This piece is 59 1/2" overall and a 43 7/8" octagon to round smooth bore barrel with a bore diameter or about .73 (12 guage). The front sight is brass and a very unusual feature for a fowler, it has an actual iron rear sight. The oval brass buttplate has a stepped heel finial. The American made brass triggerguard has a nice stylized acorn front finial, copied from the British while the rear strap of the triggerguard has a "thumbnail" style finial. The high grade flintlock is either Americna made or German and is in its original flint configuration. The frizzen spring has a very finely filed finial. The brass sideplate is typically of Pennsylvania-Kentucky rifles as is the closed brass nose cap. Circa. 1790.