late 18th Century
Shotgun made by Barker of Wigan. Probably a fowling piece.
William Barker was a renowned clockmaker and gunsmith of Wigan in the 18th Century.
He was well known for his steel crossbows and fowling pieces (shotguns) as well as clocks.
William Barker first applied for Freedom to trade as an independent in Wigan in March 1748. The Freedom was granted in 1751.