Percussion single barrel fowling piece (shotgun)
Made in 1780 at Zerwick, was brought to America in 1808.
Percussion musket. Full stock front 2/3rds truncated triangle shape. Octagon barrel. Steel barrel. Steel butt plate. Trigger guard is heavy carved wood over steel trigger guard plate that extends well into the stock. Checkered grip. Monte Carlo stock. Brass fore piece tip and 1 brass ferrule. Pin/lug attachment 2 front pins missing. wooden ramrod. muzzle loading, single shot, percussion, manual cock, no magazine, average bore dia. .565 caliber. loose powder and shot, 32", octogon barrel, iron blade front sight. Pinned barrel, middle barrel pin missing.
stock - Walnut, full length. Wooden carved triggter guard. Checkered wrist. Full cheek piece. Brass end cap. Tip of stock is cracked at the front barrel pin and front ramrod pipe. Wooden ramrod 29 3/8" long, brass cap on front, rear of ramrod is missing metal cleaning jaz. Trigger is pinned. Side plate is brass held in by a single iron nail.
Brought to the United States in 1808 by Caleb Schmidlap.
Barrel just in front of lock. Right side-"Freudenthal", left side "Zerweck", FREUDENTHAL/ZERWECK/GERMANY