British Pattern 1738 Wall Piece by Farmer

.98" caliber, 54" pinned, slightly swamped barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, brass furniture, walnut stock. Approximately 72" in overall length, weighs 35 pounds. 9" flat, beveled lock with boarder line engraving terminates in a point, marked FARMER over an illegible date at tail and engraved with a {crown} / GR and with a smaller {crown} / {broad arrow} marking. Integral fenced and bridled iron pan, rounded swan-neck cock, frizzen spring with bulbous finial. Top of breech with British military proofs, and a 13 over the barrel maker's touch mark, a crown / HI. Flat brass two-screw side plate, brass acorn-shaped wrist escutcheon, brass triggerguard and buttplate, brass nose cap and three ramrod pipes. Heavy iron ramrod appears period. Dovetail for front sight which is missing. Larger hole in stock with iron pin where the swivel yoke was likely attached. Raised carved apron around breech plug tang, carved moldings at side plate and lock. Lock remains in original flint as does barrel, with internal remote camera inspection revealing no welding. Touchhole shows moderate erosion, but remains unmolested. While the specifications for this pattern specify a reinforced cock, the cock on this piece appears absolutely original and correct for the lock in all ways. James Farmer had Board of Ordnance contracts ca 1741-1751, and 1757-1759. He produced locks, barrels and complete arms, which he only delivered ca 1746-1748. Farmer was the only contractor to produce complete wall pieces ca 1746, while all other wall pieces were assembled at the Tower from contractor delivered parts.


Good to very good. Metal cleaned to bright, with a pewter patina and showing some scattered pits and oxidized surface discoloration. Most marks remain clear on the barrel, weaker at tail of lock, which has been more aggressively cleaned and shows some pitting as well. Mechanically functional, bore about fair, dark, dirty and pitted. Brass with a medium mustard patina. Stock shows some cracks and repairs, notably around the lock mortise. Forend spliced at the mouth of the entry pipe, but appears to be the same piece of wood as all grain matches perfectly. Overall a very attractive wall gun by a well known Birmingham based Board of Ordnance contractor.

Estimate: $3,500 - $6,000
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