Flintlock Fowling Piece

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by BCarp, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. BCarp

    BCarp New Member

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    Original English fowler, ca. 1810-1820, was converted to percussion mid-19th C. (the fate of many flinters!), skillfully re-converted back to flint in recent years using some modern lock parts: cock, pan assembly, frizzen and spring, vent liner.

    Detailed pics here:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/user/BCarp/library/Original Fowler

    Ball-park value? Thanks...!

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  2. rhmc24

    rhmc24 Member

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    Superficial observation of the lock reconversion, I see a few details that are less than 'skilful'. The barrel vent is a screwed in plug which should have had the barrel welded and finished and on a gun of this quality have a liner in the vent hole. The screws, hammer tumbler screw and frizzen spring screws are not right. The hammer top jaw screw looks like something out of a parts catalog, same for the frizzen spring. The pan attachment to the lock plate looks strange and possibly a braze line showing. This gun probably originally had a roller either on the frizzen or frizzen spring.

    For me value $500 for a fine gun deserving rework of the reconversion. With a proper rework, up to $2000.

    To someone, not a knowledgeable collector, it still might sell for close to that max number.
  3. BCarp

    BCarp New Member

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    Pretty sure the replacement parts - pan assembly, cock, frizzen and frizzen spring - are all from the L&R Lock, Co. The pitting/wear beneath the pan is erosion from the gun's percussion cap days. I agree that the slotted vent liner was not a great choice, but quite a few flintlocks of that period did not have roller frizzens.
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