F. GEISSINGER (HEIDELBERG)
A FINE AND UNUSUAL 12-BORE UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 11171,
for 1885, 29in. nitro reproved bold damascus barrels (serial number on barrels only, also dated 1885), rib gold-inlaid 'F. GEISSINGER, HEIDELBERG', and with gold line and gold-inlaid acanthus scroll detailing at the breech ends, some external patination towards muzzles, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, carved percussion fences with button strikers, rebounding back-action locks with ornately carved hammers, permanently-attached fore-end with hooked steel finial barrel release, ornately scrolled bifurcated triggerguard with finger loop pull back snap underlever, scrolled horn triggerguard tang, the action, lockplates and furniture finely carved in relief with stylised foliage and acanthus scrollwork on a finely matted background, with game scene vignettes of fox and rabbit to the left and deerhound bringing down a stag to the right, the lockplates with a brace of pheasant to the right and a spaniel to the left, the triggerguard with roe deer, retaining some colour-hardening and finish overall, 14 1/4in. well-figured stock with cheekpiece, sling swivels and partially engraved skeletal steel buttplate, weight 7lb.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act