- Sold for:
Wilson Fowler, Richard Wilson, London, England, c. mid-18th century, .81 caliber, walnut half stock with an iron rib added under the barrel, brass fittings with an openwork side plate with foliate designs, lock marked under the pan "Wilson," barrel has proof marks on the breech and "RW," marked on the top of the barrel "LONDON," with a wooden ramrod, barrel lg. 48 1/4, overall lg. 65 1/4 in.
Provenance: The Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Illustrated and described in Bill Ahearn, "Colonial Firearms Displayed at the Princeton Battlefield," The Gun Report (May 1994) and Bill Ahearn, Muskets of the Revolution and French & Indian Wars (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 2005), pp. 131-40; Bill Ahearn and Robert Nittolo, British Military Long Arms in Colonial America (Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance, 2018), pp. 392-95.
Exhibitions: The Thomas Clarke House, Princeton Battlefield.
Stock has dings and nicks, the lock functions to full cock.
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