Gordon Barlow Antiques

Specializing in Firearms and Americana

A Philadelphia Percussion made for the 19th century American hunter. It is so appealing to the great early American hunting era that I considered listing it under Americana. The original percussion lock is engraved  Golcher and the top of the barrel is beautiful engraved "Phila" (Philadelphia). The stock is walnut and has three engraved silver inlays.  (Hunter & Dog), Pheasant and a Running Dog). A great piece of Americana from an era that the American sportsman loves to read about!


American made musket with hand forged bayonetmade in the style of a Kentucky rifle using a very early Richard Wilson (RW) musket barrel and a very early American made flintlock. This musket is original flint with a curly maple stock and a hand forged bayonet. The wood has been replaced forward of the rear pipe otherwise the musket is beautiful original condition for a "back country" made during the 18th century by an American Gunsmith and carried by a militiaman. This weapon is an example of the type of musket documented by Scribner, Robert L. and Tarter, Bren, in Revolutionary Virginia, The Road to Independence, Volume IV, The Committee of Safety and the Balance of Forces, 1775 as having been ordered at the request of a local Committee of Safety for the American Revolution before the signing of  the Declaration of Independence on July 4,  1776.                    


Muskets and Fowlerswere used throughout the 18th and 19th centuries by civilians and militiamen. Of particular interest are the smooth bore weapons made by American gunsmiths using parts that were new, or copied, or recycled from discarded weapons. This type of weapon frequently appeared in America during the French and Indian War period and even more often during the Revolutionary War period. During the Revolutionary War local Committees of Safety obtained weapons from local gunsmiths. These gunsmiths used every available gun part to provide weapons for colonial militiamen. Today, collectors are realizing that these "back country" weapons made using recycled hardware and barrels from British, French , German, Dutch and other weapons that are stocked in maple, cherry, walnut  and fruit woods were the very weapons carried by militiamen as they joined the called for independence from England beginning in 1774.

Philadelphia Percussion Fowler ca 1850

American Musket with Bayonet