Colonial? Trigger bow with star engraving

Amergin

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Hello I just dug this at a very old site just wondering can somebody identify the gun came off and any idea of the maker and date much appreciate it
 

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CreakyDigger

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Cool find! I think it likely not mass-produced, and to identify it one would need a lot of knowledge about designs used by independent rifle makers...it's out there somewhere.
 
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Thank you

A friend ID it
and I read about it since,
it justifies the brittle but well preserved nature of guard which is like a Tombac material


"I believe the trigger guard is from a British trade gun of the late 1700s ."

Both the English and French governments sent thousands of these less expensive
trade guns to the colonies in North America and the Caribbean to arm the colonists.

These guns were also used to trade with the native peoples for furs and to gain military and
trade alliances with them.


Generally speaking, trade guns were of a lower quality and finish than the military musket
and many were of questionable safety, (although our copies are fully functional and safe).
Trade guns were usually of a smaller bore and lighter than the regulation musket of
the period, however large bore fowlers were not uncommon.
Both these guns predate the F & I war, so they would both be acceptable for F&I as well
as Rev. War and beyond
 

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Hello I just dug this at a very old site just wondering can somebody identify the gun came off and any idea of the maker and date much appreciate it
Let me doubt it, it is too wide and rather thin for a trigger. This is possibly something else.
 

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They’re pretty common designs for the bottoms of the guards—flowers or starburst patterns
 

Steve in PA

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Definitely part of a trigger guard, and probably not military. More likely from a Pennsylvania long rifle or trade gun.
 

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