HIGHLY DESIREABLE, UNTOUCHED 1st MODEL BROWN BESS BY EDWARD JORDAN IN ATTIC CONDITION.
Bbl. 45 3/4″. Barrel has a worn cross-keys proof on the top indicating Birmingham manufacture. The number “50” is stamped on the left side of the bolster, probably indicating a rack number. There are vestiges of other proofs on the barrel that are illegible due to wear. The lock markings are quite worn but are still visible. There is a crowned “GR” in front of the cock and a crowned broad arrow under the pan. Behind the cock, it is clearly marked “JORDAN 17(34)”. Brass trigger guard showing the earliest style finial at the front of the guard. The brass butt plate is quite long extending 6” from the end of the butt up the stock. The brass escutcheon plate at the wrist has engraved unit markings that are worn and no longer legible. Correct 1st model brass side plate, ramrod thimbles, and entry thimble. Wooden ramrod appears to be original to the gun. Fine, heavy, full-length stock with worn carving behind the barrel tang and behind the lock. PROVENANCE: From the Collection of James B. Taylor.