Antique Germanic Smoothbore Musket by Gebruder Lindenschmit of Mainz, made circa the early-19th century. This short musket was intended for large game. It has a gaping .72 caliber bore, twist octagonal barrel. The breech end is banded in gold and perhaps platinum. The stock has nice grain. The lock is maker marked. The trigger guard is carved wood. Single set trigger. Liege proofed barrel. The action is functional. The single set trigger must be set for the hammer to hold the cocked position. The smooth bore is dark and a little rough. The barrel wedge has been replaced just to keep the two pieces together. No ramrod. Barrel is 29 inches. Caliber: .72 Percussion Overall condition as seen in photos.
Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry, and I apologize for the delay. This percussion fowler was made in Mainz on the Rhine river by Gebruder Lindenschmit. There is little documented about him, but there are some other examples of his work that are of a similar quality. He likely made the lock, trigger, and stock, and imported the barrel from Belgium. The barrel appears to be made of laminated twist steel. This piece is in fair condition, with most of its original finish replaced by a stable, dark patina. It is missing some parts, and exhibits wear consistent with its age. Given the condition of this piece, and completed auctions of similar items, a fair market estimation is 475-500 dollars. Please reach out with any questions.