A GOOD .600 PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE BY J. BLANCH OF LONDON, CIRCA 1845, no visible serial number,
with 38in. fine twist octagonal barrel with dovetailed brass fore-sight and fixed block vee rear-sight, the top flat signed 'J. BLANCH LONDON' and engraved with a boar's head at the breech (possibly the original owners crest) and with an inset gold band, the fixed breech decorated with acanthus foliate scroll-work, the nipple bolster with inset platinum plug, bar-action border line engraved lock beautifully decorated with foliate scrolls and a hunting scene of a dog in pursuit of a boar signed by the maker 'J. BLANCH', the dolphin headed hammer scroll engraved to match the lock, attractive figured walnut half stock, with finely chequered wrist with silver escutcheon, fitted with engraved iron butt-plate, scroll trigger-guard the bow engraved with a game scene, and having a pineapple finial, white metal nose-cap, the right butt fitted with a large borderline decorated rectangular patch box, with a centre scene of a reindeer drawing a sleigh containing a fur clad man, the underside of the butt fitted with an eye for a sling with a four point anchorage in the form of a cross made up of circles all beautifully decorated, the rifle is complete with its ebonised ramrod. An exceptionally attractive and impressive rifle by one of London noted makers
Provenance: The maker was John Blanch who had worked for both Jackson Mortimer whose daughter Ann he married, and John Manton. He set up on his own account in 1813, during the period this gun was made he was established at 29 Gracechurch St. In 1848 he took his son William into the business which then became John Blanch & Son, the business surviving until 1942
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