PF01 CH&S Trade Gun
All Indian trade guns with the serpent side-plate are rare. Trade guns made in the United States are much rarer than their British counterparts. This is one of those rare American guns. 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. This American gun was manufactured by Cronin, Herxthal and Sears about 1855.
Describing the gun, Cowles said, “Northwest gun with 31 inch barrel that has probably been shortened. Large trigger guard. Dragon side plate, ect. Altered to percussion. Lock marked in two lines ‘CH&S NY.’ Proofs on barrel are worn. Only ‘AV’ is plain. No fox markings. Brass tacks in stock. Butt place worn through and a piece is missing. Three screws in butt. Two rawhide bands around forestock. They are sinew sewn but may not be very old.” (That was 50 years or so ago now and would have been 50 years old then)
Indian trade guns produced in the United States are seldom available. This is an opportunity to own one.