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Percussion musket converted for civilian use: inscribed

Object Number: 
1952.7
Date: 
1750-1770
Medium: 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 69 1/4 in. ( 175.9 cm ) Part (barrel): 52 1/4 in. (132.7 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: breech of barrel: "GP" (below crown); "RW" ; "V" (below crown). The GP and V are 1702 English barrel proofs.
Description: 
Wood, iron, and brass percussion fowling piece; French-style conversion to percussion system; round barrel with bladed brass front sight; brass lock plate; brass furniture includes pointed trigger guard and plain side plate; stamped proofs and mark on barrel near breech.
Gallery Label: 
Although this fowler was assembled and stocked in America, many of its parts were European imports. The barrel, stamped with 18th-century proofs, was manufactured in England, and the furniture was probably made in Holland. At the start of the eighteenth century, most fowlers had barrels nearly 70 inches long, with an openwork sideplate. By the middle of the century, however, the barrel lengths had been reduced to 55 inches, and the openwork had been replaced by a plain brass sideplate.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Frederic Griffith
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group