Pre Civil War Antique Muzzleloader Bown & Tetley

  • Phone Number: 8016358972
  • Condition: Used
  • Listing Type: Individual
  • City: West Jordan
  • State: Utah
  • Zip/Postal Code: 84088
  • Listed: January 20, 2020 3:46 pm
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This is in excellent condition a piece of history , around 150 years old. About .40 caliber, very heavy barrel, rifle weighs almost 11 pounds. Some information from the net below, give me a call with any questions.

Bown & Tetley. gun manufactory. 136 Wood St., Pittsburgh. James Bown was born in the England in 1823. He first went Canada with his parents in 1831 and then moved to New York state. Bown came to Pittsburgh at age 21 to work as a cutler with Cart¬≠wright Cutlery. Abram Tetley was also born in the England, in 1822. Bown & Tetley was established in 1848 as a cutlery and gradually grew into the gun business. Bown & Tetley were listed in all the period Pittsburgh directories. The Dir. of Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, 1850, calls the firm instrument maker. The Census of Industry of 1850 called the firm cutlers and showed they employed 7 hands with a $312 monthly payroll and made cutlery in the past 12 months valued at $7500. In the 1860 U.S. Census of Industry the firm was reported as having a $20,000 capital investment and a 14 horsepower steam engine. Over the previous 12 months it had bought $5800 in iron, wood and other raw materials; and had made 1800 rifles valued at $23,000. In May 1857 Bown and Tetley paid $2300 to Harvey Noble of Richland County, Ohio, for a lot in Pittsburgh’s Ninth Ward, which property had on it a building 40 by 90 feet, built of brick and containing a gun barrel manufactory. This was probably the J. and D. Little factory, begun by James and Daniel Little, which was bought out by Harvey Little and renamed Noble and Little, with James Little. James Bown and John Tetley bought out Abram Tetley on 6 February 1862, for $1000; and, in turn, in 1863 John Tetley sold out his interest to Bown for $1500.

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