A CASED PAIRING OF A PERCUSSION 50-BORE DOUBLE RIFLE AND A 12-BORE DOUBLE SPORTING GUN BY WESTLEY RICHARDS, serial numbers 7188 and 7733,
circa 1855, the rifle with multi-grooved 30in. barrels, broad flat top-rib signed 'WESTLEY RICHARDS 170 NEW BOND ST, LONDON', small blade fore-sight and standing notch rear-sight with two additional folding leaves, the engraved head of a deer at rib-end, vented breech-blocks, engraved top-tang featuring the head of a big cat, borderline and scroll engraved signed bar-action locks, the right with a recumbent lioness, the left with a recumbent stag, engraved hammers with safety bolts, walnut half-stock chequered at the wrist and with iron furniture including a chequered lower tang finger spur, oval escutcheon to the underside engraved with a sun above a wreath and brass tipped ebony ramrod (ramrod throat finial absent), the shotgun with 30in. barrels (signature rubbed but legible), platinum vented plugs at breech, borderline and scroll engraved top-tang, borderline and scroll engraved signed locks, chequered walnut half-stock with iron furniture, the front of trigger guard bow originally fitted with an ebony palm-stop (removed but present) and brass mounted mahogany ramrod, in a two-tier trunk-style case adapted for these guns, Westley Richards trade-label inside lid and complete with a number of period accessories including a mould, flask and assorted tools and requisites
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