An Antique French & Indian War - Revolutionary War period American Flintlock Fowler/Musket
An Antique French & Indian War - Revolutionary War period American Flintlock Fowler/Musket, circa. 1750-1770. 42", .68 caliber smooth-bore octagon-to-round barrel has remnants of decorative engraving underneath the thick dark rust age patina, with a bayonet lug on the top of muzzle. Early British Royal Navy pattern 1718 Sea Service lock military lock (remnants of maker is hard to make out), with period replaced swan-neck cock/hammer. Brass furniture (side plate is missing). All brass furniture (French in style). The long gun is in its original flintlock configuration. Replacement wood ram rod. The stock style is French exhibiting a great "Roman Nose" form and has remnants of decorative high-relief carving around the barrel tang and trigger guard, is solid with many deep scratches and dings from years of service. 58" overall length. In good mechanical working order. A great looking dark and mysterious gun !
NOTE: This Fowler/Musket may have been longer when originally made then possibly reduced when adding the bayonet lug for the French & Indian War or the American Revolutionary War or both ! Weapons of this period were in high demand and short supply. This gun clearly exhibits American Colonial manufacture where the gun maker utilized any parts regardless of country of origin as long as they worked !