A FINE 20-BORE FLINTLOCK SINGLE-SHOT SPORTING RIFLE WITH GILDED MOUNTS, no visible serial number,
circa 1760, with swamped octagonal 27in. barrel, dove-tailed brass fore-sight surrounded by engraved scrolls on a stippled ground, standing notch rear-sight with additional folding leaf and carved and engraved foot, the breech-end with similar engraved scrolls to the muzzle, square socket for peep-sight to top-tang (sight absent), flat bevel-edged lock with pointed tail and signed behind the frizzen spring 'PERNSDORFFER, ANSBACH', the lockplate relief carved and engraved with a scene of dogs hunting a stag, relief scroll engraved cock, relief moulded face to the frizzen, walnut full-stock with raised cheek-piece and relief carved with running vines to wrist, heel and fore-end, carved borders to the ramrod channel, rococco scroll relief moulded gilt brass sliding patchbox cover, heel-plate, trigger-guard bow, sideplate, nose-cap and ramrod pipes (some wear to gilding), double set triggers and fitted with swivels for sling
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