A Fine 24 bore Double Barrelled Sporting Gun

Ref: 555

Price: £8,500

Maker: Edward Bate

Date: circa 1790

With 30 inch rebrowned twist sighted barrels signed in two gold ovals at the breech and with a single gold line and band of engraved ornament at the rear, gold lined touch holes, finely engraved grooved tang, flat bevel  edged locks each signed on a gold scroll, the cocks and stepped tails each engraved with a game bird rising from foliage, gold lined pans and roller frizzens with some original blued finish to the internal working parts, figured walnut half stamped on the underside of the butt 7754, chequered grip, engraved iron mounts with traces of the original blued finish including trigger guard with pineapple finial echoed on the ramrod tail pipe, horn tipped ramrod with worm. London proof marks.

 Literature: W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back  Great British Gunmakers 1740-1790, p. 111 plate 406.

Provenance: William Keith Neal; Christies, London, 9th. November 2000 Lot 73