John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

Rev.War New England Fowler-John Hills
Rev.War New England Fowler-John Hills

This beautiful New England Fowler is the product of  John Hills ​who worked with his father (Benoni) in Goshen ,Ct.  During the French & Indian War he served in Capt. Joseph Savage's Co.  After the War he moved to Winchester , Ct. and is listed in the August 4th, 1767  Journals of Winchester as being a resident . During the American Revolution he was a Captain in the 12th Company of the 17th Ct. Regt. According to the Ct. Historical Society..."A muster roll of Capt. John Hills Co. dated 1778 ,Lists the names of most of Winchester's  able bodied men ".  John Hills is also listed as being one of two men designated as "Winchester's Choristers" for the years 1769-1774.  Shortly after the War John moved to Charlotte, Vt. where he lived out his life and practised his trade until his death 1808.

The gun is identified as his worked by his initials I.H ( I & J were interchangeable in this time period) on the inside of the lock plate . Also, it exhibits two of his trademarks . The semi-pointed breech tang with a raised rear sight and the leaf pattern raised pad carved at the barrel tang about 1" in diameter and decorated with radial lines.  The tasteful engraving at the barrel breech and around the front sight is similar to known works of his. Refer to Tom Grinslade book "Flintlock Fowlers - The first Guns Made in America " pages 69, 77 ,78  for examples .  This is a War time produced gun as evidenced by the absence of his name on any exterior parts. The gun exhibits classic New England architecture with a pronounced roman nose butt stock. The brass furniture is American sheet brass with a high copper content which is evidenced best on the nose of the butt plate where it's worn. The .70 cal  43 3/4" barrel oct/rd. with a raised top rib which runs to within a inch of the muzzle. The action works fine on both half and full cock.  These early New England Fowlers are what the militia's were using at Lexington & Corcord ​.............  


Price: SOLD!!!