London Made 1885 Barnett Indian Trade Musket / Hudson Bay Fuke

Commonly referred to as "Northwest Guns", "Mackinaw Guns", "Hudson Bay Fukes", or "Indian Trade Muskets" these firearms are one of the most over looked and underappreciated firearms used on the North American Frontier. Guns of this type date back to the earliest years of western expansion, being carried into the interior of the unexplored continent. Arguably the most established and constant commodity of the fur trade. Traded to Native Americans and European trappers alike, these Trade Gun were manufactured for over 200 years with only minor changes in the pattern and specifications. Sitting Bull was known to carry a "Trade Gun" manufactured by Parker Field & Co. These simple muskets with their distinctive serpent side plates, and oversized trigger guards continued to be stocked in remote trading posts inventories into the early 20th century. They were used extensively in rugged mountain ranges, open plains, and vast deserts by the native people who relied on their dependability, easily repaired mechanics, and readily available ball & powder ammunition. Very few firearms were used more extensively during America's western expansion. This historic example features a 28-inch octagon to round barrel, chambered in .58 caliber smoothbore. The desirable Hudson Bay Co. Tombstone Fox over EB trademark is found on the lockplate along with the EB stamping located on the barrel. The lockplate is also stamped Barnett London 1885. British hallmarks are located on the left side breech of the barrel. Over all length: 44" Processing and shipping within the continental U.S $85 plus a 1.5% replacement cost insurance fee. Discounts given on combined lot shipping.


Excellent showing minimum wear. Displaying a pleasing brown/grey patina overall. Wood is sound showing modest wear. Action is tight and crisp. Overall, an above average condition "Hudson Bay Fuke / Trade Musket, that would be hard to improve on. -MKS-

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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