J. SMITH 12-BORE 1863 PATENT SIDELEVER PINFIRE HAMMERGUN, no visible serial number, circa 1864, 29 7/8in. fine damascus barrels (dents, bulge and internal pitting), rib inscription worn, action incorporating J. Smith patent barrel locking mechanism, patent no. 3171 of 16th December 1863, use number 432, carved serpentine fences, back action locks with dolphin hammers (one a replacement with cracks and repairs), left firing mechanism at fault, bold acanthus scroll engraving with feathered bordering, heavily polished overall, 14 3/8in. stock including steel buttplate, fore-end with repairs
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament