New England Kentucky Style Fowler, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Signed Leland, Probably Moses Leland
A fine example, "in the white", bold curly maple, rich color and patina, great eagle engraved on sideplate, silver wire inlay, original flint and rammer with worm; excellent condition. Overall L: 53.25"; barrel L: 38", .58 Caliber. - SOLD
The octagonal barrel is fine; the lockplate displays the three-line maker's mark, "W. KETLAND and Co" (1802-1831) and is smooth and tight. All brass furniture includes an outstanding lock screw escutcheon ornamented with a terrific engraved eagle; also the trigger guard, pipes, buttplate and engraved two-piece patchbox. Silver wire inlay centers engraved shield-shape thumb-piece, breech tang and forend of comb; a stylized silver star with rocker, floral and border engraving surmounts the carved cheek-piece.
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