EX W. KEITH NEAL, TWIGG, LONDON
A GOOD 18-BORE FLINTLOCK DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1775, with rebrowned London proved 33 1/4in. twist barrels mounted with top rib only, silver boat-shaped fore-sight, the left barrel with second form of signature (worn) at the rear of barrel, the right 'LONDON', the breech block and hooked breech with an engraved band of beadwork, gold-lined touch-holes, engraved top-tang with broad shallow sighting groove, flat locks each with moulded border, stepped tail, and second form of signature, roller frizzens and swan-necked cocks, figured walnut half-stock, dot and checkerboard chequered grip, engraved iron mounts including trigger-guard with second pattern acorn finial, silver escutcheon, and horn-tipped ramrod with worm end, retaining its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G243'
Previously sold Christies, 'The W. Keith Neal Collection, 9th November 2000, Lot 71. Prior to that it had been sold to W. Keith Neal by W. & F.C. Bonham & Sons, London, 18th November 1953, lot 268 for the sum of £3.5.0.
A hand written note signed by Neal accompanying the lot states that it was once the property of Lord Minto and came from Minto house via a private collection
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