A RARE 12mm PERCUSSION SWING-BREECH GALLERY-RIFLE, MODEL 'BERENGER'S PATENT', no visible serial number,
circa 1835, with octagonal to round ribbon-twist damascus 20 3/4in. micro-rifled barrel, bead fore-sight, standing notch aperture rear-sight, scroll engraved action body signed in a banner on the right 'CONWAY' and 'MANCHESTER' in a similar banner to the left, angled top to breech and radiused under-side, the central section with circular horizontally rotating breech block operated via a locking swing lever mounted below, the breech accepting a special cap and ball, borderline and scroll engraved long top-tang, concealed boxlock action with exposed dummy hammer acting as the cocking lever, chequered walnut straight-hand skeleton butt-stock, iron heel-plate, engraved trigger-guard bow and walnut full-length fore-end, traces only of original colour and finish
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