Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 113: 17th Century English Lock Fowling Piece

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

17th Century English Lock Fowling Piece

Manufacturer: English
Model: Fowling
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 48 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: hardwood
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 68
Class: Antique

George Moller noted this long fowling piece as from circa 1620 with a circa 1670 alteration. English lock firearms are difficult to come by. The barrel has a flared muzzle with a bead front sight and girdles at the transitions. The lock is unmarked. The stock has an iron forend band, brass ramrod ferrule, a brass/copper staple, some floral carving by the barrel tang, and Moller's collection mark twice by the toe. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fair with mottled gray patina and mild pitting on the metal along with moderate wear. The buttplate is absent, and some hardware is replaced. The refinished stock is also fair and has numerous insect holes, spliced forend with tip section absent, some additional smaller repairs, crack in the left flat, and loss at the heel. Mechanically fine.

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