French Trade gun Circa 1750
- Licensing Category: Antique
This flint trade gun shows a 57 1/4" octagon to round barrel of approximately 50 caliber. The lock is sound with fine engraving at the tail, but obliterated makers name on the 6" plate. The style of butt strongly suggests the circa 1750 period. The fixtures are all iron. The butt plate is a very similar shell designed plate as shown on page 148 of"The French Trade Gun in North America" by Kevin Gladysz. The metal shows overall corrosion and faint markings. The front 6" of wood on the right side is replacement. The touch hole appears to show an old bushing. This trade gun was sourced out of Quebec and survived in its original as built length. The sear, sear spring and fizzon springs were replaced to allow the gun to function. The original parts are included.