12 bore, made in England about 1680-1700, the gun from which the
later NW gun evolved. You can see the later NW Gun lines in this early
gun. The simple brass buttplate, the spoon shaped but shallower
iron trigger guard, the large lock with doglock safety. Bigger is
always better with flintlocks, within reason. Bigger means more sparks!
This one sparks really well, sparks pop and sizzle in the pan.
The ‘Dog’ on the lock is an external hooked safety which securely holds the cock out of battery. When correctly done, the dog is knocked out of the way when the lock is cocked. This dog works just fine, as you can see in the photos below.
The doglock is held by three screws which also hold the classic serpent/dragon. Dragons were magical and made the gun fierce and dangerous. Had to be right scary if you were on the receiving end.
There are double 7/16 inch pipes under the barrel to hold the tapered ramrod.
There is a simple raised decoration around the tang and teardrops behind the lock panels, almost always seen on later NorthWest guns.
The trigger guard is forged iron. The tang bolt extends from the trigger guard up into the tang. A tang bolt extending from the tang to the guard or a trigger plate is a mark of a much later gun.
Even with the 12 bore barrel, the gun is light and handy, about 7 lbs with a 13 3/4″ pull.