EX. W. KEITH NEAL: D. EGG, LONDON
A 20-BORE FLINTLOCK DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1795, with re-browned twist iron 30 1/4in. barrels signed in gilt inlay on the top-rib 'D. EGG LONDON' (some frosting and shallow pitting for the full length), raised fore-sight at rib tip, gold lines and engraved needles at breech, platinum lined touch-holes, fully engraved top-tang with carved shallow sighting groove, border and acanthus scroll engraved colour hardened flat locks with rounded tails and signed 'D. EGG' in script below the pedestal rainproof pans, border engraved fronts signed 'D. EGG, PATENT' to both frizzens, large rollers, Manton style cocks, walnut half stock chequered at the wrist, engraved iron heel-plate spur, trigger-guard tang and bow, the latter signed 'LONDON' and featuring a hunting dog in woodland setting, fleur-de-lys finial joined to a full length engraved fore-end tang with integral ramrod throat, the tang signed 'D. EGG PATENT', oval barrel-key escutcheons, twin ramrod pipes, complete with a period ramrod and its W. Keith Neal collection medallion number 'G262'
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, 'The W. Keith Neal Collection', Lot 75, 09.11.2000
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