Early Percussion Fowling Gun,
20 gauge, 35" octagon-to-round barrel,
walnut, brass, Birmingham England proof marks
Part Number: AAK-877
Availability: In Stock
Price: $769.00
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Stocked in European walnut, this antique single barrel fowler is unmarked, unsigned with only Birmingham view and proof marks on the left flat of the breech. The walnut stock has some have some drying cracks along the right hand edge of the barrel channel and some wood missing along the left. It has a wide, flat hammer, indicating the lock plate and hammer date from the 1830-40 period. The long comb on the butt plate, retained with a pin through the stock, is also typical of earlier guns.

The 20 gauge barrel is tapered octagon-to-round. The tapered breech is 12-1/2" with a single wedding band to round. The barrel is fitted with a bead front sight. The barrel has extremely thick walls for a antique with the thinnest area .075" thick at the muzzle. As with most antiques the muzzle displays significant run-out.

Trigger reach is 14" to fit today's shooter, and the weight is a light 6.3 pounds.

The buttstock is wide, tall, and flat to spread the recoil from the 20 gauge bore over a large area. The stock has shrunk over time and the furniture now stands proud of the wood. The forend is fitted with a horn tip.

On the right side of the stock, there is a crack in the top edge a few inches ahead of the lock, and on the left side a narrow strip of wood about 12 inches long is missing, with brass brads patching the split wood along the upper edge of the lock panel that did not break off or get lost before proper repairs could be made.

There is a captive wedge key to hold the barrel in the stock, but the escutcheons on either side of the stock are cut from thin sheet brass, not entirely symmetrical. They are retained with brass brads.

The buttplate has a long thin tapered comb in early English fowler fashion. The slender wrist tapers into the lock panels. There is a small 'recoil chip' missing behind the breech plug tang.

The breech and tang are filed with a groove to aid in sighting. The muzzle end of the barrel is fitted with a brass bead. Although the barrel appears to be a hooked breech, it is actually a solid or "fixed" breech.

The thin brass of the buttplate has been bent onto the rounded toe of the stock. The triggerguard has a very plain acorn or hazel nut finial. The forend is fitted with a English style ramrod entry pipe with pointed skirt. The rib is fitted with a single matching ramrod pipe. The under rib is wood, uncommon but not unknown.

The lock has the shape of 1820 period flintlock with a square tail. No evidence of filled holes or a cut pan are visible and this lock appears to be original percussion. The flat faced hammer and square tail of the lock are hand engraved. The lock is marked London Warranted. London was a mark of quality put on fowlers and trade guns, even when made in Birmingham or elseware. The lock can easily be fired from the half cock position. The stock to the rear of the nipple shows some damage from repeated cap flash.

The left side a narrow strip of wood about 12 inches long is missing, with brass brads patching the split wood along the upper edge of the lock panel that did not break off or get lost before proper repairs could be made.

A interesting early 19th century fowling gun.

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