Massachusetts Bay Colony Early Wall or Stockade Gun, c. 17th century, walnut stock with a cutout in the butt, early French-style trade lock mounted with two side nails and with a crude iron plate at the tail of the lock, with a European octagonal barrel that is swamped at the muzzle, with a forged iron bolt through the barrel tang to secure it to the stock, and an oversize forged trigger and built with no trigger guard, barrel lg. 27, overall lg. 46 in.
Provenance: Rodney Hilton Brown, The War Museum.
Note: This gun was found more than 50 years ago in rural Maine. See ARMS and ARMOR in COLONIAL AMERICA, 1526 - 1783, Harold L. Peterson, New York, 1956. FIREARMS IN COLONIAL AMERICA, M. L. Brown, Washington, D.C., 1980.
Stock has a few dings and nicks, the forward barrel lug appears loose, and the lock functions properly.
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