EX. W KEITH NEAL, H. MORTIMER, LONDON
A 16-BORE FLINTLOCK SILVER-MOUNTED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
with London silver hallmarks for 1787, rebrowned 39 1/4in. two-stage London proved barrel, turned band at the intersection and silver fore-sight on a spider ground, traces of the signature on the top-flat, twin gold lines on breech-block, large gold-lined touch-hole, finely engraved top-tang featuring rococo ornament on a matted ground, engraved flat lock with moulded border and signed in a gold oval 'H.W. MORTIMER' (rubbed), stepped, carved and engraved tail, roller frizzen and gold-lined pan (gold marked and chipped), finely chequered walnut half-stock, take-down fore-end (some bruising), full silver mounts finely engraved with flowers, foliage, and trophies of arms, trigger-guard in the French manner with pineapple finial, pierced border engraved escutcheon, horn fore-end cap and later horn-tipped ramrod, silver maker's mark of Michael Barnett, retaining its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G159'
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, 'The W. Keith Neal Collection', Lot 58, 9th November 2000
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