An American full-stocked flintlock buck and ball gun and tomahawk attributed to John Young
Lot 25
An American full-stocked flintlock buck and ball gun and tomahawk attributed to John Young
Sold for US$ 87,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
An American full-stocked flintlock buck and ball gun and tomahawk attributed to John Young
An American full-stocked flintlock buck and ball gun and tomahawk attributed to John Young
fourth quarter 18th century
Comprising: 1) Buck and ball gun with 34 7/8 inch octagonal barrel in .53 caliber smoothbore. Lock signed Ketland/&/Adams. Brass furniture comprising: fore-end cap; three faceted and banded ramrod thimbles, the rearmost with integral shaped and engraved fore-end plate extending to triggerguard finial; engraved counterplate, the rear section pierced to reveal the engraved silver figure of an eagle inlaid in the stock; slightly faceted triggerguard with squared finial; engraved and pierced patchbox, the side panels with C-scrolls, the finial with a naively rendered figure of a lion; buttplate, the toeplate with release button for lid, the finial with extension covering the comb. Full striped maple stock, the fore-end with incised banding and set with six silver wedge escutcheons, wrist with oval silver escutcheon, the fluted cheekpiece with a pierced and engraved brass plate below and engraved silver plate above, in the form of a crescent surmounted with an eagle. 2) Tomahawk with brass head scroll and border engraved around the eye and the initials in script HY. Bulbous turned pipe bowl. Inset steel cutting edge. Maple haft of oval section. Tapering turned brass mouthpiece.
Condition:
1) Very good. Grey metal showing some light pitting. Top jaw and screw of cock replaced. Furniture with dark patina. Stock with scattered dents, scratches and bruises and with replaced 3 3/4" x 1/4" piece in front of lock. 2) Brass with mustard colored patina and light scratching. Mouthpiece with dark patina. Haft with mars, scrapes, and areas of discoloration. Evidence of damage to top of bowl. Later screw securing head to haft (possibly rehafted).

Footnotes

  • Note: John Young, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1780-1805. Gun and tomahawk illustrated in an article by William Guthman in The Magazine Antiques, March 1981. The gun is illustrated by itself as Figure E, page 22 of Kentucky Rifles & Pistols 1750-1850, 1976, the Kentucky Rifle Association and on page 155 of Guns and Other Arms, ed. by William H. Guthman. Tomahawk illustrated in Daniel Hartzler and James Knowles, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Belt Axes. Privately printed, 1995. p. 178.
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