This trade gun is a
style imported from England during the second quarter of the 18th
century. It was copied from an original in the Colonial Williamsburg
collection that was made by John Bumford in England. Period documents
describe trade guns being painted with vines, stripes and poka-dots as well as in red,
yellow and blue.
The original at Colonial Williamsburg is the only surviving one that is known of with painted
vines. Typical features include sheet brass buttplate nailed on and the
guard is held on with two screws at the rear and the tang bolt at the
front. No entry thimble. This gun has a custom 47"
octagon-round barrel in 24 gauge (.58 cal.) copied from the original gun, plain
beech stock and a
Davis lock. Very nice handling and light weight gun.
The barrel and brass parts have
been copied directly off the original gun.
Pull is 13¾" and
weight is 5½ lbs.