Circa 1790-1810. The tapered 3-stage barrel has a silver half-moon front sight and is stamped "LONDON" on top. Left side of breech is marked with private London proof and view marks along with "RW" for maker Robert Wheeler. The convex lockplate is stamped "WHEELER" at the tail and stamped in the center with a fox surrounded by a circle. Standard early trade mounts, including the classic cast serpent side plate with 3 lock retaining screws. Early baluster ramrod ferrules and a brass noseband. Iron trigger guard with large bow and a curled trigger. Partially figured stock with relief teardrop carved around barrel tang. Complete with a period brass-tipped wooden ramrod.
CONDITION: Barrel retains a brown patina. Lock retains a pleasing dark grey patina with excellent markings. Lock appears to be in its original flintlock configuration. Iron trigger guard retains a dark patina; brass retains a dark mustard patina. Stock has a pleasing original surface with scattered marks and minor chipping. Some minor splinters are absent along both sides of forend. A very fine and early trade gun.
From the Louie Parker Collection.