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).