* JOSEPH MANTON, LONDON
A CASED PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, serial no. 8629, COMPLETE WITH SPARE BARRELS serial no. 8869,
manufactured in 1820, the original barrels damaged and shortened to 24 1/4in., the new 31 3/4in. barrels by the maker in 1821 (and appearing little used), both barrels signed on the raised top-rib 'JOSEPH MANTON HANNOVER SQUARE LONDON', the replacement barrels retaining much period brown finish, colour hardened breech-blocks to both (possibly converted from tubelock), fully scroll and border engraved top-tang, flat colour-hardened locks engraved with flourishes of acanthus scrolls and signed 'JOSEPH MANTON PATENT' (much colour remaining), slab-sided dolphin headed hammers engraved with acanthus scrolls inhabited by a mythical beast, walnut half-stock chequered at the wrist, clipped-corner white metal escutcheon behind the top-tang engraved with an armorial, iron heel-plate, the top-spur engraved with a martial trophy, iron trigger guard bow engraved with a musical trophy and retaining much period blued finish, pineapple finial and ramrod throat and brass mounted ebony ramrods for both barrels, complete with its walnut storage case fitted for the longer barrels only and lined and compartmented in green baize, parchment Joseph Manton trade label inside lid and also containing a Britannia metal powder flask, cap tins, tow and the original key
Provenance: The armorial on the wrist escutcheon is that of Viscount Tamworth, son of Earl Ferrers, who had the gun made. An ancestor of the vendor's family was the Parson to the Viscount's family and had the Viscount 'die in his arms' in 1824. The gun was given to the Parson by the Viscount's family and it has remained by descent with the same family ever since. A file of notes on the history and copies of family letters are included with the Lot
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