A 10-Bore Flintlock Wildfowling Gun

Ref: 502

Price: £4,500

Maker: W. Noble

Date: circa 1750

With barrel lightly belled at the muzzle and with silver satyr-mask fore-sight, the breech engraved with an elongated loop along the top flat, border engraved tang decorated with foliage and grooved for sighting, border engraved rounded lock signed amid foliage and with further foliage on the tail and cock, moulded figured full stock (tip of fore-end and grip with old repairs) carved with a shell in relief behind the barrel tang, border engraved brass mounts comprising shaped flat side-plate and butt-plate both decorated with rocailles and foliage, trigger-guard with engraved oval on the bow and with cast and pierced floral finial, cast and chased vacant foliate escutcheon surmounted by a satyr-head, four brass ramrod-pipes, and later brass-tipped ramrod (steel parts with some wear and light surface pitting), London proof marks and maker’s barrelsmith’s mark

Provenance:
W. Keith Neal Collection, G657
Christie’s London, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 8 November 1995, lot 108