American Fowling Piece, c. last quarter 18th century, .80 caliber, walnut stock with a short butt and brass butt plate, British lock marked "Iordan/1760" with a flat reinforced cock, and a crown over "GR," refaced steel, an octagonal to round French barrel with a "US" marking on the top of the breech, brass ramrod pipes and an iron ramrod, barrel lg. 41 3/4, overall lg. 56 1/4 in.
Provenance: The Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Illustrated and described in Bill Ahearn, "Some Thoughts About the Dutch and German Influence on American Colonial Firearms," The Gun Report (November 1996).
Exhibitions: The Thomas Clarke House, Princeton Battlefield.
Stock has a few dings and nicks as well as some wood loss on the upper fore stock near the muzzle, and the lock functions but doesn't catch on half or full cock well.
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