Club Butt Doglock Fowler
Massachusetts / Rhode Island, c. 1710-1720
.75 caliber, 48" round barrel - jug-choked "full"; walnut stock;
Doglock cast from an original by The Rifle Shoppe (#554)
"Club butt fowlers have a distinctively shaped stock and are aptly named for the unusually large section at the butt. The heavy convex form of the underside of the stock is traceable to early European arms. This style is seen on military matchlock guns preceding the flintlock era.
The oddly bowed contour of American club butt fowlers derived from the design of these European weapons. Imports with club butt stocks from England, Liege and France served as patterns for versions that were mostly indigenous to eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Some collectors call them "Marshfield" fowlers, attributing their origins to an area around Marshfield, south of Boston near Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Generally, club butt fowlers were very plain, only rarely carved and seldom fitted for a bayonet. However, their production continued over a long period of time... (1710 - 1780)"
from Flintlock Fowlers - The First Guns Made in America
by Tom Grinslade
The dog lock, so named for the notched half-cock catch, or "dog" common in British military muskets of the 1600's.
"This fowler... dispenses with all but the very basic components - omitting a... side plate and raised carving." - George C. Neumann - from Battle Weapons of the American Revolution referring to club butt fowler 101.MM, pg. 151.
Crude flat nailed sheet brass butt plate... typical of the Queen Anne period.
Trigger guard hand forged from scrap iron.