This trade gun is a
style imported from England during the second quarter of the 18th
century. It was copied from an original in the Colonial Williamsburg
collection that was made by John Bumford in England who worked in The
Minories, a section of London at this time period.
describe trade guns being painted with stripes and poka-dots as well as in red,
yellow and blue.
The original at Colonial Williamsburg is the only surviving one that is known of with painted
vines. Typical features include sheet brass buttplate nailed on and the
guard is held on with two screws at the rear and the tang bolt at the
front and no entry thimble.
This gun has a custom 48"
octagon-round barrel in 24 gauge (.58 cal.) copied from the original gun, plain
hard maple stock (beech when I can get it) and a
Davis lock. The barrel and brass parts have
been copied directly off the original gun.
Very nice handling and light
Pull is 13½"
and weight is 6 lbs.