ENGRAVED Antique Mid-1800s Half Stock PERCUSSION 18 Gauge Shotgun HOMESTEAD
Mid-19th Century Hunting Gun
Here we present an antique Percussion Shotgun, made sometime in the mid-19th Century. Used for sport, provision and protection, shotguns have always proven themselves invaluable. This stout part octagonal barrel shotgun is in 28 gauge, primarily made to take smaller sized game.
Rifle and shotgun manufacture during this era was rapidly changing over from thousands of craftsmen all over the United States and on the Frontier making and selling their wares, to the large factories with standardized assembly lines and modern manufacturing techniques. Many makers’ names of these percussion firearms have been lost over time. This shotgun is one such example.
In the earlier years of the United States, a shotgun such as this would have been a necessary tool to have in all households. A shotgun like this would have been hanging over every fireplace in frontier American, and necessary to have if you wanted to eat, along with protection when ne’er do wells came around. This would have been primarily a firearm designed for hunting both big and small game, along with a bird or two sitting on the pond.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age. Solid stock throughout. The finish has matured to a plum patina. A crack is present atop the buttplate and remains stable.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 30-1/4 inches.
Caliber: Approximately 18 gauge
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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