PF1202 W Chance and Son Trade Gun
All Indian trade guns with the serpent side-plate are rare. This gun comes from the collection of Ernie Cowles. Cowles, a well-known artifact collector, specialized in Indian trade guns and assembled a collection that numbered 42 at one time. He collected these rare guns from the 1940s until his death half a century later.
As stated by the late Ernie Cowles, this is a Northwest trade gun 36 inch barrel. Maple stock with striping lock marked “W. Chance & Son” altered to percussion. Has the tombstone fox with “IA”. It was sold to the Indians by the American Fur Company.
Note: William Chance & son manufactured guns in London from 1830-1860. Chance was the major supplier for the American fur company from 1834-45. this gun has the “IA” put on guns sold to the American company. This makes it much more rare, desirable and collectable.
Great opportunity to own one a fantastic piece of American fur trade history here