Designed in 1775 the "Northwest gun" was mass manufactured by the British to secure alliances with the various North American tribes from Canada to the border of Mexico. It was mostly spread by the Northwest Fur Trade Company, which gave the weapon its name. Based in Canada, the Company tried to slow the US expansion into british territory, by arming the native indian tribes.
With American settlers pushing into the Ohio and onto the shores of Lake Michigan, the British reacted by arming the Shawnee and other tribes in the area with thousands of this musket in 1811. By the time of the 1812 war, the natives were completely supplied with this firearm. It remained in use until the end of the 19th cent, the indians preferring the flintlock weapons to the new percussion ones.
This musket is quite easy to identify, with its octagon-to-round barrel, the iconic brass coiled serpent / dragon patterned backplate and the fox of the Northwest Fur Trade Company.
This replica is the short version, with a 36" barrel, and a 132cm total length. Caliber is .625. This is our last piece (ths reference won't be sold after that), and the wood is slightly cracked at triggers level. The crack is difficult to see, and is 6 cm long. As this is our last musket, we also send all the spare parts we have : wooden stock, butt plate, trigger and its protection.