A 12-BORE FLINTLOCK SINGLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1760, with Spanish form re-blued octagonal to round 34in. barrel banded at the intersection, applied bead fore-sight, Spanish style gold-inlaid embossed poincons at breech including two 'fleur-d-lys' marks (one overstruck with private proofs, gold absent), a Spanish style cartouche signed on two lines THW-AITS' and a further oval makers mark partially gold lined 'BA' over 'TH', hooked breech, the plain hump-backed top-tang with moulded sighting groove, flat step-tailed plain lock with moulded bevel-edge and pointed tail signed in an engraved ribbon below the pan 'THWAITS BATH', re-faced roller frizzen, engraved French-style cock, walnut half-stock with hand-rail square chequered wrist, carved shell apron around the top-tang, large white metal oval escutcheon to top of wrist engraved with an eagle perched above a wreathed crown, skeletal engraved iron ribbon heel-plate with acorn finial at top-spur and isolated circular iron escutcheon for the top-screw, skeletal trigger-guard tang with engraved bow (rubbed) and acorn finial, lower barrel rib with plain thimbles and period horn-tipped ramrod with exposed worm end (wood with period working repair below lock, refinished)
Exhibited: Manuel Lopo de Carvalho Collection
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