Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century
Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts
Lockplate is signed “JONES” . See Sellers, American Gunsmiths, page 162; Amos
Jones, Colchester, Connecticut, 1772-1782; Committee of Safety Muskets. (Not
saying this is a Committee of Safety, a too often used term.)

Date/Period: 1770s


Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, right facing

Measurement: Overall length: 67"; barrel length: 51.25"

Material: Maple stock, pewter sideplate, silver and brass thumb plates, brass furniture

Condition: Very good, repair to tang of trigger guard, in-the-black

Additional Information: A rare and outstanding Colonial/Revolutionary War Period
New England long fowler in overall very good to fine condition. The surface is smooth
and untouched displaying a rich warm patina. The stylish graceful stock is of successful
architecture; double bead follows the entire length of barrel and ramrod channels and
incorporates a raised plateau with shell carved terminus flanking the rear entry pipe.
The side and lockplate plateaus terminate with teardrop design; plateaus continue to
undulating-raised carving centering barrel tang aft-of-which is featured a fancy intricate
fan caving. The .68-caliber octagonal to round barrel displays worn British proofs; blade
type brass front sight; long rear sight filed into barrel and tang featuring file-carved
straight-line fan at terminus. The engraved brass trigger guard with fancy forend has a
long tang and line engraving to border. American made pipes…besides the rear entry
pipe there are three graduated delicate extralong trumpet-type ramrod pipes ranging to
5.25 inches accommodating the original ramrod with button head! All brass furniture in
dark patina; buttplate features rococo engraving. This gun appears to have never been
cleaned. Special attention was lavished on the pierced pewter side plate, an American
stylized stand of arms composition unlike the contemporary English rivals who used
brass or silver for this appointment which is likely an indication of military use. The
smooth bore barrel hosts a bayonet lug on the underside. The oval border-engraved
coin silver wrist escutcheon is dated “1777” over the owner’ s name “Ephraim Lyon”. A
second thumbpiece is round… crafted of copper and engraved “M.W. Smith – 1877”.

Oral history… was found in Worcester, Massachusetts; could have been owned by a
soldier from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, or Connecticut… it is likely that we will never
know.
We speculate that Ephraim Lyon was probably a Lieutenant whereas this was not
an inexpensive gun during the period. There were at least 7 men that served in the
American Revolutionary War named Ephraim Lyon. Nonetheless, an outstanding
survivor of great rarity and importance.

Ephraim Lyon - 9 Sep 1780, Massachusetts, Private
Ephraim Lyon - 16 Oct 1780, Massachusetts, Private
Ephraim Lyon - Connecticut, 1st Lieutenant
Ephraim Lyon - Connecticut, Lieutenant
Ephraim Lyon - 7 Feb 1778, Connecticut, Ensign
Ephraim Lyon - 20 Sep 1775, 1st Lieutenant
Ephraim Lyon - 17 Apr 1776, New Jersey

$17,400.00

424-386


Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, left facing

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, lock plate

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, lock plate detail

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, side plate

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, badges

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, butt

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, butt plate

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, muzzle

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, trigger guard

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, tang

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, ferrule

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, marks

Musket, Smooth Bore, Fowler, Bayonet Lug, New England, 18th Century Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, detail view 1




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