Author Topic: 18th century New England fowler lock by Johnson  (Read 757 times)

Offline Musketdoc

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18th century New England fowler lock by Johnson
« on: November 28, 2018, 12:56:24 AM »
I recently acquired what I believe is a signed mid 18th Century fowler lock. it measures 6-1/2" long and 1" wide and is engraved and marked Johnson, Can anyone tell me more about hte gunsmith or where he worked? Thamks




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Offline debnal

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Re: 18th century New England fowler lock by Johnson
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2018, 06:21:34 AM »
Looks like a Seth Johnson flintlock. He worked in Rutland, Mass. He was a Committee of Safety maker/fowler maker and he used this type of lock on his muskets and fowlers. I have one that is classic COS with the same lock. The last we hear of him is in 1777.
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Re: 18th century New England fowler lock by Johnson
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2018, 07:22:47 AM »
Nice find.  Thanks for sharing.

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Re: 18th century New England fowler lock by Johnson
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2018, 05:02:55 PM »
Yes, Seth Johnson.  I owned one of his muskets a while back. He made muskets for the US during the American Revolution.





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Re: 18th century New England fowler lock by Johnson
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2018, 06:20:49 PM »
Cool gun. Is it stocked in cherry?
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Re: 18th century New England fowler lock by Johnson
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2018, 07:36:38 PM »
Cool gun. Is it stocked in cherry?

It might have been.  I'll ask my friend who got it from me.  He had it restored.

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Re: 18th century New England fowler lock by Johnson
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 01:55:41 AM »
Thank you all VERY much for the information.  I'm now more excited about this lock than the Patterm 1742 (Watkins 1746) Long Land Bess lock that I was bidding on!  It was included in the lot!   I have lots of early Bess locks, but very few identified American ones from the same period.