Hudson Bay Gun Built By Barnette 1817
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Hudson Bay Trade Gun built by Thomas Barnett. The lock on this piece shows Barnett 1817 and the viewer's mark tombstone fox used from 1790 to the 1890's. This mark shows the initials TB probably stand for Edward Bond a HB CO viewer. The breech shows the Thomas Barnett makers mark and the London view and proof marks. The top barrel flat above the touch hole shows the remnants of the fox view mark. The barrel shows 3 steps and is 48 1.2" long with a bore that is about 16 gauge or 64 caliber. Thomas Barnett and Sons obtained a Hudson Bay Contract 1821 to 1832. This suggests that this gun was one as sold to the Hudson Bay Co. by Thomas in 1817 prior to the contract. The wood in this example appears to be all original and shows the remnents of the Fox stock mark on the butt. The typical brass ramrod pipes appear to be correct and original. The ramrod is a modern replacement but is correct as to its' shape and form. The serpent side plate is the original and correct Barnett plate. See page 73 "Tradeguns of the Hudson Bay Co-1670". All of the fittings on this example are correct and original. The lock plate is original with only a few of the screws and top jaw screw replacements. This 64" Hudson Bay gun is a pure example and was one of the guns built for the Hudson Bay Company prior to the union or forced amalgamation with the North West Company in 1821. An excellent if not exceptional example.