Made in America, this example is patterned after a British-style fowler of the 1765-1768 time period incorporating many British characteristics in the architecture, engraving and carving elements. The wooden stock was typically curly maple instead of walnut which was commonly used in England.
This Officer’s Fusil is patterned after a fowler made by James Barbar, circa 1757-1759. The 37 ¼” barrel makes for a light weight and easy to handle smoothbore. Some, but not all, officer’s fusils had provisions for bayonets such as this example.
Andrew Fichthorn Jr. (Reading, PA) 1779 – 1822 Fichthorn apprenticed to John Bornewitz in Womelsdorf from 1792 – 1799. He returned to Reading to marry and establish a business before 1803. He worked in Reading until his death in 1822.
This rifle is patterned after the “Edward Marshall” rifle from the 1762-1765 time period. The maker could have been Andreas Albrecht or another gunmaker in the shop at Christians Spring. This rifle exhibits a very strong architectural Germanic influence.
ISAAC BERLIN (1754-1831) Born 1754 in Berks County, 15 miles northeast of Reading, PA, Berlin was shown on tax records in Easton, PA as a gunsmith from 1778-1781, then again from 1783-1786. He remained in Easton until 1788 when he moved to York County. Berlin died in 1831 in Crawford County, PA. [...]
Bucks County Fowler (1790-1805) This is a typical Fowler of the late 18th century, early 19th century. It represents the style of the gunmakers from the Bucks County, Pennsylvania area.
Typical of makers from Pennsylvania and Virginia (1775 - 1790)
The Lancaster County court records of 1767 have John Newcomer listed as a gunsmith. In 1780, the tax records called Newcomer, “Old John Gunsmith”. He died in 1782. Later in 1793, his son was also listed in the tax records as a gunsmith in York County, Pennsylvania. This Newcomer, early Lancaster fowler is patterned after [...]
Haymaker lived and worked in Frederick County, Virginia, located in the northern end of the Valley of Virginia near the current City of Winchester. He was at work there from 1753 until 1804. This rifle is patterned after his work from 1765-1770.