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Flintlock Indian Trade Pistol by A. W. Spies, ca. 1840
Brass barreled Indian trade pistol by Adam Spies, New York, NY (1832-1860). Original flintlock with border-engraved lock plate marked "SPIES" and featuring a tulip-shaped feather cluster behind the cock. Tapering 9" round brass barrel of approximately .50 caliber with British proofs, marked "LONDON" and featuring a series of stamped stars where it joins the engraved steel barrel tang. Brass furniture includes trigger guard with engraved snow flake design, plain butt cap, and ramrod thimbles with original brass-tipped wood ramrod. Walnut full stock with vacant silver escutcheon at the wrist. These trade pistols were favored among the Northeast and Great Lakes tribes. This exact gun is featured in "Rare and Unusual Indian Artifacts" by Lar Hothem, p.p. 386. Overall length 14 1/2". Tom Richards Collection.