John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
7 Ft. Trade Fowler-Serpent Sideplate
7 Ft. Trade Fowler-Serpent Sideplate

​This great piece is a early 18th century British Fowler by Henry Ellis ​ of Doncaster,England.   A article written by Anthony Darling ( Red Coat and Brown Bess ) noted historian and author entitled "English Provincial Gunmaking, 1680-1720, as Exemplified by Some Works of Henry Ellis of Doncaster" in which this gun is featured will come with it.  The gun is over 300 years old and has some wood restoration mostly on the forestock which was very well done and imperceptible. The action still works on both full and half cock with the frizzen spring missing it's top part.  The description of the gun in Darling 's article is as follows: "Massive wildfowling gun, 83 5/8 in. overall, barrel (in three stages)  66 1/4 in., weight 17 lbs. Barrel London-proofed and fitted with front and rear sights. 7 5/8 in. lock is of marked "banana" shape and signed "H. Ellis ".  Straight-grained walnut stock,no ornamental carving save simple ferrules/ borders around the tang, lockplate, along both sides of the ramrod channel. Iron furniture, incl. Serpent sideplate, "covered vase " trigger guard finial, long ( 5 1/2 in.) buttplate tang and four baluster ramrod pipes. Piece is datable 1710-20 shows early 18th century cock profile and feather-spring  and trigger guard finials. In spite of  strickly utilitarian character,quality of execution is high". This is the first time this wonderful piece is being offered for sale in many decades. 

Price: $12,950.00