Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Eric von Ashwege

This fowler is based heavily upon originals by Phineas Sawyer and Thomas Earle in Harvard, Massachusetts.  Built in the 1770's, many original fowlers were pressed into militia service during the Revolutionary War.  New England fowlers shared many traits with early French Fusil de Chasse, particularly the sweeping curved architecture through the buttstock.  This one sports a 46" 16gauge barrel, a fancy piece of dense cherry, and custom hand made buttplate, triggerguard, and sideplate.  Finished with a slight patina for a light and warm feel!  This fowler won multiple ribbons at Dixon's gunmakers fair. 

"This is a fowler that I would be proud to have on My table" - the late David Dodds; gunsmith, mentor, and friend.  

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