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Authentic Original Rifles, Muskets
Authentic Artifacts from the Revolutionary War Era thru About 1840
NESS COLLECTION! War of 1812 Contract British Board of Ordnance Musket by Dawes
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Here is a very scarce gun with a cool historical significance. This one of the guns made by the London firm of Dames for a British contact to arm the Native American allies of the British during the War of 1812. The musket fires a round ball bullet of .60 caliber. The barrel is designed at 36-1/2 inches and is pinned in place with a three-stage pattern barrel. It goes from round to a band with another larger diameter round area with the breech portion being octagonal. When this gun was new, it left the factory as a flintlock weapon. For later use, it was converted to percussion from flint lock using a crude hammer and drum bolster. This conversion has a cool looking frontier gunsmith look. What makes this one special is that the lock is clearly marked with the image of a Fox in a circle logo to go along with the Board of Ordnance marking of a Crown with the Broad Arrow forward of the hammer. Behind the hammer, it has the vividly clear maker's marking of "DAWES". The mechanics of the lockplate still catches on both positions. Along the top flat of barrel it has the matching and correct Fox in a circle logo and is clearly marked "LONDON". The breech of the barrel has the British Board of Ordnance proof marks. These traditional Northwest guns have features that include a the classic looking three-screw design brass serpent side plate. They also have a flat buttplate secured by both screws and nails. On the underside of the gun, it has the oversized triggerguard and also the raised carved apron around the tang and corrugated ramrod pipes. The 1-piece wooden stock shows traces of old red ocher paint but has a bleached appearance as if the paint was intentionally stripped from the wood. As for the maker of this weapon, William and Samuel Dawes worked in Birmingham during the 1st quarter of the 1800's and were among the contractors who received British Board of Ordnance contracts in 1813 to deliver trade guns to the Native Allies of the British during the War of 1812. The Dawes firm would deliver 1,048 guns to the Board of Ordnance under that contract. This would be one of those guns. You can tell by the wear that this one saw service and would have an amazing story to tell if it could talk. This gun is accompanied by information from when it was in the fantastic collection of Larry Ness. Ness amassed one of the most significant collections of Native American and Northwest Trade guns ever put together. He had purchased this gun from Little john's Auction in January of 2008. At that time he had paid $4,250 for it and a copy of his receipt and inventory sheet accompany the piece. The notes also state that it was part of the collection of Ernie Cowles and it is noted that this gun was illustrated in Cowles booklet on Northwest Trade guns but I do not have a copy. This is a great gun with a strong provenance.

Item #: B6059
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Your Price:$3,500.00 USD
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