Baker Percussion Fowling Piece

Item #C4387

Baker Percussion Fowling Piece

  • Price: $895.00 CAD
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    A quality made 1/2 stock fowler showing the old London "Crown over GP" proof.  The lockplate is an old style with stepped and pointed tail.  A gold pencoin in the center shows a "Crown" over "Baker".  The maker was no doubt Ezekiel Baker of Baker rifle fame who apprenticed under Henry Nock, the famous barrel and gun maker 1785-1802.  Baker is listed as on his own 1804-1823 at 24 Whitechapel Road and later with his son Ezekiel John who died in 1841.  Baker continued on at varous other addresses until 1860.  To convert to percussion, a 13/16 section of barrel was removed and a new breech with nipple and platinum blowout plug added.  The barrel is in 12 gauge and has been shortened to 32 1/4" long.  Total weight is 5.6 pounds. The barrel is double wedge fastened with silver escutcheons and a silver nose cap.  The breech shows 2 silver bands.  Other furniture is steel and the wood ramrod has a horn tip.  The wrist is checkered at 20 inches/inch. Made by a very talented and famous gunsmith and converted to percussion pattern border work.  A fine looking fowler from the early 1800's with a clever conversion to percussion allowing further use after the flint era had passed.  A great piece as built by one of the best known names. A piece that is worth some TLC to improve its appearance.  Antique