.715 bore diameter, 68.5" barrel, cannon style. 85" overall, heavy buttstock, 2.5" buttstock. Lockplate engraved on the back in a curve Penterman, Utrecht. Flat banana-shaped lockplate engraved with mythological figures. Highly engraved flat style hammer with serpent blowing wind into fancy scrolls. Highly figured brass sideplate with a person driving a chariot being pulled by horses, with vines and scrolls interweaving. Crown engraved thumb plate behind tang. Engraved brass trigger plate with fleur-de-lis. Fancy brass buttplate with fleur-de-lis running on top of the comb of the stock. Brass ferrules. Full walnut stock, with carved borders running along both sides of the ramrod channel. Raised carving behind the tang ending in fleur-de-lis point. Raised carving around the triggerguard ending in fleur-de-lis designs front and rear. Raised moulding around the sideplate and lockplate. Pig-tail trigger. Blade front sight. Top of barrel engraved with name: Anthony Van Schaik. Flared tang with scallop-cut and raised sides for sighting.
This piece was made by Penterman of Utrecht, Holland ca 1720 and has his name engraved on the barrel. This firearm was used in the Hudson Valley during a period of conflict between the French, English and the Indians. Anthony Van Schaick was a captain in the New York Militia (sixth regiment of Albany County) and was a prisoner of the French in Canada for two years.
The Van Schaick family were wealthy brewers from Utrecht, Holland and immigrated to America in the mid-17th century, settling in Albany, New York. Anthony, was a son of one of the Van Schaick. The consignor has found some correspondence from the 15 volumes of Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York and in the 14 volumes of Sir William Johnson Papers. These documents have various spellings of the family name (i.e. Van Schaak, Van Schaick and Van Scoike).
The Van Schaick family was undoubtedly involved in the Indian trade and Anthony was conversant in the Iroquois language. The correspondence from him to Governor Clinton of New York and to Sir William Johnson, the British agent in charge of the Indian affairs in North America, and to him from the above, as well as letters from the Governor of Quebec and minutes of the prisoner exchange in what he was involved takes place over a two-year period, 1749-1750.
Anthony and his cousin, David Abeel, and several Iroquois allies had been held prisoner in Quebec by the family for two years. In his letter Anthony strongly pleads for clothing and blankets from the Indians who were prisoners, and for as speedy as possible exchange of French prisoners held by the British for Van Schaick and Abeel, and the Indian allies. Minutes of the conference held to instrument the release and exchange, letters to and from the French ministers regarding the poor treatment of the English prisoners and their allies, and finally the return of British prisoners "detained by the government of New France" in 1750. Anthony is listed on the list as, "Captain of the militia of government of New York."
In 1755 Anthony was sent on a peace mission with a string of wampum to the Mohawks (July 26 and November 23). He and his company were deployed as engineers to survey the lands between Fort Edward and South Bay as well as between the fort and the falls at Wood Creek.
In 1770 Anthony is listed as a Justice of the Peace for the County of Albany. In February and in March he is listed as a judge for the city and county of Albany.
The album includes excerpts from the above cited books as well as a 1999 dated newspaper clipping with a photograph and text relating to the sale of the Anthony Van Schaick mansion of Cohoes, New York. The home was built by Anthony and it served as the capital of New York state for four days during the Revolutionary War. The home was also headquarters for various generals during the French and Indian War as well as the Revolutionary War. Benedict Arnold, Paul Revere (1756 as a second lieutenant with Gridley's Massachusetts Regiment) and George Washington twice.
Lot further includes book entitled Goose Van Schaick of Albany 1736-1789 The Continental Army's Senior Colonel by T.W. Egly, Jr. published in 1992.
Provenance: Ex Bill Guthman: Ex Glode Requa
This Hudson Bay fowler is in attic mint condition and untouched. The stock with an untouched patina. The lock and barrel with nice untouched patina. The lines of the metal are very sharp and crisp.