H. ATKIN, LONDON
A GOOD CASED 12-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1855, with browned 30in. barrels signed on the top-rib 'H. ATKIN FROM J. PURDEY'S, KINGS ROAD, CHELSEA, LONDON', the signature bracketed with an engraved fern-leaf, bead fore-sight, borderline and scroll engraved top-tang with shallow sighting groove, border and scroll engraved bar-action locks signed 'H. ATKIN', scroll engraved hammers, chequered walnut half-stock, the inside of fore-end numbered '1863' on both sides (possibly a date), engraved iron furniture and brass mounted ebony ramrod, in its almost certainly original makers oak storage case lined and compartmented in aubergine velvet and containing a period shot and powder flask, a nipple key, turn-screw, oil-bottle and two-piece cleaning rod
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