A Very Rare Cased Irish 11 bore Sporting Gun

Ref: 249

Price: £7,500

Maker: Robert McCormick

Date: 1796

With rebrowned twist two-stage barrel slightly swamped towards the muzzle and turned at the girdle, part octagonal breech becoming polygonal and engraved with the date and serial number beneath, gold fore-sight centred on inlaid engraved silver foliage, breech with rectangular gold-lined maker’s stamp, gold lines and gold-lined touch-hole, border engraved tang finely decorated with a martial trophy and foliage, large flat bevelled lock with oval gold-lined maker’s stamp and engraved with a starburst behind the rainproof pan, the back of the lock also forming the safety-catch, roller frizzen, figured half-stock with chequered grip and fore-end, border engraved iron mounts comprising butt-plate decorated with a suspended trophy on the heel tang, trigger-guard with large pineapple finial and with gamebirds in a landscape on the bow, gold escutcheon opposite the lock engraved with owner’s crest, border engraved silver barrel-bolt escutcheons and fore-end cap, and original horn-tipped ramrod with iron worm: in its relined mahogany case with accessories including leather covered powder-flask and shot flask, the exterior of the lid with folding brass carrying handle of Chippendale form, private proof marks and maker’s mark.

The crest appears to be that of George Grenville, Baron Nugent of Carlanstown, Westmeath, Ireland.