Flintlock fowling piece

Object Number: 
1927.99
Date: 
1750-1770
Medium: 
Wood, iron, brass, flint
Dimensions: 
barrel length: 50 5/8 in. ( 128.6 cm ) Overall: 66 7/8 in. ( 169.9 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: barrel: "SA/...OS" also what look like three small diamonds, a four-legged animal, and a castle stamped on barrel. incised: buttstock: "AE"
Description: 
Wood, iron, brass, and flint fowling piece; part round, part octagon barrel with bayonet lug at bottom of muzzle and bladed brass front sight; brass furniture; brown musket flint and wooden ramrod with iron worm at tip; relief carving around barrel tang, trigger guard, and on forestock underside; stamped marks near breech end of barrel; incised lettering on buttstock.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, he purchased this fowler around 1887 from a New York City dealer, who said he had bought the gun 50 years earlier from an antiquarian in the Catskill Mountains. The antiquarian claimed that the fowler had belonged to Mohawk chief Joseph Brant.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Howland Pell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group