A Rare Top Quality Working English Stonebow
With slender 25 inch steel bow fitted with later expertly constructed string, highly figured 28 inch tiller incorporating steel gaffle, fitted with folding forward sight engraved with a stonebowman in contemporary dress beneath, the forward portion of the tiller inlaid with iron plaques engraved with scrolls and foliage, a pair of flush-fitting scrolling side-plates signed “H.W. MORTIMER & SON 89 FLEET STREET” on the left and “GUN MAKER TO HIS MAJESTY” on the right, folding back-sight with four sighting apertures and engraved with trophies-of-arms on the bed, engraved lever button decorated with a flowerhead, engraved trigger-guard decorated with a trophy-of-arms on the bow and with pineapple finial, engraved butt-cap.
Note: Harvey Waltlate Mortimer Senior traded in Fleet St. as H.W. Mortimer & Son between 1808 and 1814.