London, South Kensington
21 May 2008
A .600 CALIBRE BELGIAN PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE; A PERCUSSION SHOTGUN, GERMAN OR FLEMISH; AND A COMPOSITE CONTINENTAL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN
THE FIRST CIRCA 1830; THE SECOND CIRCA 1780; THE LAST 18TH CENTURY
The first with etched twist swamped octagonal sighted barrel cut with seven grooves, engraved breech, engraved breech tang, engraved lock, full stock with chequered grip and fore-end, the former terminating in a boar's head carved in relief, carved cheekpiece, steel mounts engraved en suite with the lock, double set trigger, and brass-tipped ramrod (the stock covered in old varnish, the side-plate associated); the second converted from flintlock, with sighted tapering barrel, plain lock, carved moulded figured walnut half-stock, the butt decorated with a deer in low relief behind the cheekpiece, walnut trigger-guard, full plain brass mounts of shaped outline, and later ramrod; and the last re-converted from percussion, the barrel signed.
The first 29 3/8in (74.6cm) barrel (3)
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