* AN 18-BORE FLINTLOCK SINGLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-RIFLE SIGNED JO. FERDINAND EGGART, no visible serial number,
German or Swiss circa 1730 with swamped octagonal 41in. brushed bright barrel signed BALTHASAR ZELNER'' (believed of Zurich), oval yellow metal poincon at breech marked with a shield containing the letter 'Z' below the initials 'B.Z.', traces of scroll engraving to the breech-end and the solid flared top-tang, curved flat bevel-edged lock signed below the lozenge pan 'JO FERDINAND EGGART', walnut half-stock (probably cut back from full) with carved borders around the furniture, raised cheek-piece with relief carved vine detail, flat underside to butt, raised carved vines around the top-tang, large brass heel-plate with complex bordered top-spur engraved with rococo scrolls and a central standing stag, complex rococo engraved escutcheon to wrist, engraved sideplate (detail lost), carved and engraved trigger-guard bow with raised and spurred lower tang, single broad engraved brass barrel-band and faceted ramrod thimbles with turned ends, together with a replacement horn-tipped wood ramrod
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