EX W. KEITH NEAL: JOSEPH MANTON, LONDON
A FINE 20-BORE FLINTLOCK DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, serial no. 5081,
for 1810, with browned 32in. twist-iron barrels, both breech-blocks with silver lines and inlet with silver poincons signed in raised letters 'JOSEPH MANTON PATENT' together with crowns, platinum lined touch-holes, border engraved bevel-edged step-tailed locks signed below the pans 'JOSEPH MANTON LONDON' (possibly refreshed), the pans themselves replaced by John Manton to a triangular trough rainproof type covered by patent 3942 of 21st July 1815, academic trophies engraved to the tail, engraved cocks, border engraved roller-frizzens with touch-hole guards, walnut half-stock chequered at the wrist, silver escutcheon behind the top-tang engraved with the crest of the Duke of Cambridge, iron furniture including border and trophy engraved trigger-guard bow and brass mounted mahogany under-barrel ramrod, the toe of the stock with traces of the Duke of Cambridge's inventory number '36' and retaining its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G252'
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, London, Lot 84, 9th November 2000
This shotgun is listed in W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back's book The Mantons: Gunmakers incorrectly as a 16-bore. All other specifications are correct.
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