An Unusual Silver Mounted 14 Bore Sporting Gun

Ref: 491

Price: £???

Maker: Griffin & Tow

Date: circa 1775

With two-stage barrel signed GRIFFIN & TOW · LONDON within a panel on the top flat of the octagonal breech, silver spider fore-sight, gold-lined touch-hole, signed border engraved lock, highly figured walnut half-stock carved with shells around the engraved barrel tang, engraved French silver mounts cast and chased with foliage, strapwork, grotesque masks, boars and sporting trophies, comprising pierced side-plate centred on a profile bust of a warrior and inhabited by a stag pursued by a hound, crowned vacant escutcheon, butt plate and trigger-guard finely engraved with martial trophies, foliage and masks, engraved faceted ramrod-pipes, and horn-tipped ramrod with iron worm (barrel and lock with some minor pitting), London and Tower proof marks with Griffin’s barrel smith’s mark between.

Note: Joseph Griffin and John Tow were in partnership at 10 New Bond Street, London, between 1772 and 1782