A Fine Cased 16-bore Sporting Gun with Spare Barrel

Ref: 308

Price: £19,500

Maker: Samuel Henry Staudenmeyer, No 35 Cock Spur Street, Charing Cross, London

Date: circa 1805

With 31½ inch  browned twist two-stage barrel with silver fore-sight and turned girdle, octagonal breech becoming polygonal and signed in gold along the top flat, case-hardened patent recessed breech engraved ‘Patent’ with two gold lines and gold-lined hood above the gold-lined touch-hole, border engraved tang finely decorated with a gundog and gamebird above the retaining screw and with a foliated martial trophy below, signed border engraved case-hardened flat lock decorated with a starburst behind the gold-lined rainproof pan and with a gundog and gamebird on the tail, engraved cock and roller frizzen with a small lip on the pan-cover, finely figured half-stock with chequered grip and raised leather-covered cheek-piece, steel mounts comprising scroll trigger-guard and butt-plate decorated en suite with the lock and retaining some original blued finish, trigger-plate with pineapple finial, vacant silver escutcheon, horn fore-end cap, sling mounts, original horn-tipped ramrod with iron worm, and some original finish: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with some accessories including powder- and shot-flasks, and spare 27½ inch covert or woodcock barrel also signed in gold and retaining its ramrod, the interior of the lid with maker’s trade label for 1802-1814, the exterior with flush-fitting brass carrying handle, London proof marks.

Lady Newdegate, Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
W. Keith Neal Collection.

W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, British Gunmakers Their Trade Cards, Cases and Equipment 1760-1860, page 130.

Samuel Henry Staudenmeyer, former workman of John Manton, was gunmaker to the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York. He is a noted maker of rifles and repeating air weapons.