November 17, 2020 Early Arms & Militaria: Age of Exploration, Empire & Revolution
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/17/2020
For another example by Johnson, see page 46 of "Flintlock Fowlers" by Tom Grinslade. It is likely the signature "Johnson" on the lock was Seth Johnson of Old Rutland, Massachusetts, who is listed as having worked from 1772-1777 and made Committee of Safety muskets. The fowler has a 50 - 1/2" tapered round heavy iron .58 caliber smoothbore barrel, with a tapered top flat, with small sights mounted on top, as well as two 12-1/2" side flats. The early handmade American lock is inscribed "JOHNSON" in the center with a squiggly line border below and is engraved at the tail with a sea scroll and an acanthus leaf design. The brass furniture includes a brass trigger guard in the French style, terminating in the back with a pendant, and at the front, with a gadrooned triangle. The buttplate has a three-stage tang, and the flat sideplate is serpentined and shows British influence. There is a large convex oval wrist escutcheon with a squiggly line border, and inscribed with the initials "PK" and what appears to be the date "1767". The full-length cherry stock is in the classic New England form showing French influence, with a long wrist extending into the buttstock and a Roman nose comb. The wooden ramrod appears to be original but has been repaired towards the tip. CONDITION: Barrel retains a spotted brown and grey surface, with scattered areas of corrosion, especially around the breech. Lock is possibly a good professional reconversion, using the original plate. Signature is clear and lock functions properly. Brass retains a dark mustard patina and silver wrist escutcheon is polished and shows some minor denting and wear. Stock shows much of its original finish and dark patinas, especially around furniture and in protected areas. There are a couple minor slivers replaced along the forend on both sides, as well as a piece between the top of the lock and the barrel tang. A very attractive and early New England Fowler, signed by an important New England maker. DMG
Barrel Length
50 - 1/2"
.58 Smoothbore
FFL Status
New England Fowler
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $7,800.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
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