Fowlers of this style were imported
from England in great numbers. This was probably the most common gun
used in Colonial America. Most people in the 18th century lived along
waterways as farmers. Due to the variety of animals found near the
water, fowlers were the logical choice for their versatility.
This fowler was copied from one in
the Colonial Williamsburg collection that was made by Richard Wilson in
London circa 1750-1760. This one could be
classified as a higher grade trade gun since it has the low quality lock
and sideplate typical of other trade guns but cast brass parts instead
of the thin sheet ones. It has a 48" barrel
in 28 gauge. This copy was totally hand made. The barrel was made in a
manner typical to Europe. Four sections of tubing were welded up of
varying thicknesses then they were welded end to end to complete the
length needed. As far as I know, this is the first barrel made this way
since the 18th century.