|Foster, George Pratt||Shop under the Washington Reading room, near Tauton Green||Tounton||Massachusetts||1843|| |
|Foster, George Pratt|| ||Providence||Rhode Island||1860|| |
|27,874||April 10, 1860|| Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms
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Born April 12, 1810 in Attleboro, Massachusetts and died in 1874. Parents were George Foster
and Eunice Starkey.
Pratt was the maiden name of his grandmother (paternal). He married Fanny Moore on December
In the newspaper Bristol County Democrat of December 29, 1843 George Pratt Foster advertised as follows
"GEORGE P. FOSTER, Gunsmith, Machinist and Pattern Maker, has taken the Shop under the Washington Reading Room, near Taunton Green, and hopes by strict personal attentio to his business, to merit a share of the public patronage, which he respectfully solicits.
Double and single barrel GUNS, and AMMUNITION of all kinds, constantly on hand, as low as can be bought elsewhere.
RIFLES made to order, and warranted as good as can obtained. Guns reamed out ans repaired in any desired manner.
N.B. PATTERNS FOR CASTINGS, made to order.
All kinds of small jobs, such as Brazing, Soldering &c.&c., done as above, at short notice, and in the best manner. Oct. 20, 1842 "
Picture of this advertisement
Foster's rifling machine was made exclusively by WIlliam T. Nicholson (Nicholson File Co). That company made machinery for the gun industrie during the Civil War.
Around 1854 Foster was engaged by Burnside at the beginning of his corporate development. Foster enabled the Brisotl Fireamrs to produce locks and gun components for the trade. Furthermore the gain-twist rifling developed by Foster was used in every Burnside Carbine. Due to this feature even shot-out barrels performed good at 50 yards.
Burnsides 2nd Model were manufactured with two Foster innovations. The Burnside latch and a belt was added to the case mouth of the cartridge for effective seal in discharging the gun.
Fosters patent was used by Burnside.
It is believed that he manufactured the P.W. Porter turret guns
Foster Box-Lock-Target Rifle about 1860 (Replica) thanks to Rainer for the pics
replica, right side
replica, lock left side
.40 caliber percussion, Target Rifle with 28" octagonal barrel and bristol adress
look on the Bristol adress
.42 caliber percussion, 36" barrel
System right side
System left side
Sight on the barrel
look on Taunton adress
.52 caliber percussion, hunting rifle
Hunting Rifle, right side