EX W. KEITH NEAL: G: HERIOT, EDINBURGH
A MAGNIFICENT 16-BORE FLINTLOCK SPORTING-RIFLE WITH GILT DETAIL TO BARREL, no visible serial number,
circa 1775 with heavy Turkish swamped etched twist 55 3/4in. barrel cut with seven grooves and with encrusted gold decoration throughout its length, carved and raised sighting rib, raised gold-encrusted panel at the rear of the breech in front of an applied stepped silver ramp incorporating a slotted back-sight, silver bead fore-sight, iron tang with applied engraved silver cover (cracked at top-nail), signed flat bevel-edged lock engraved with foliage and with safety-catch (chipped), stepped and pointed tail, figured walnut hand-rail full-stock (minor repairs) finely carved in relief with a shell behind the barrel tang, chequered grip with a circle in the centre of each square, engraved iron mounts, trigger-guard and tail-pipe each with acorn finial, four barrel-bolts and wooden ramrod, complete with its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G131'
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, London, Lot 33 9th October 2000
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