This is a good condition trade gun showing British proofs and a Parker, Fields & Company Lock-plate (dated 1862) with Hudson Bay stamping. This gun is all original but the stock has been cleaned and varnished. It's generally in very good condition for a trade gun and totally authentic as an example of what Hudson Bay was trading to Indians for gold, furs and anything else they wanted. English gunmakers in the early 18th century began placing a fancy brass plate shaped like a sea serpent or snake opposite the lock on guns intended for the Indian trade. By 1750, a standard pattern of gun had emerged. A light and dependable weapon for hunting and war, it featured a large iron guard, a brass serpent or snake-shaped side plate, and a thin, smooth-bored barrel that could be loaded with either shot or round ball. This same pattern with minor variations was manufactured for the fur trade until 1900 and this is a basic example of the period.