EX W. KEITH NEAL. H. TATHAM, LONDON
A FINE 18-BORE FLINTLOCK DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, serial no. 1478,
circa 1815-1816, with rebrowned 30 1/2in. twist barrels signed in gilt on the top-rib 'H. TATHAM, PALL MALL LONDON', London proofs and makers mark for William Fullerd, silver bead fore-sight, squared patent breeches each with gold line and both bearing an inlaid gold poincon signed in raised letters 'H. TATHAM, LONDON', platinum-lined touch-holes, finely engraved top-tang inlaid with gold lines matching those on the breeches and with shallow sighting groove, colour-hardened engraved bevel-edged locks signed 'TATHAM LONDON, LATE TATHAM & EGG' below the rainproof pans, serial numbered internally and fitted with large rollers, stepped tails, 'French' cocks (frizzens refaced), walnut half-stock (old inset repair at the front of the right lock), chequered wrist, raised cheek-piece, engraved iron furniture including squared fronted trigger-guard decorated with a pointer in a landscape and with finger spur to tang retaining traces of original blued finish, engraved silver butt-plate (rubbed) with traces of a London silver hallmark probably for 1796, trigger plate with pineapple finial, silver escutcheon behind top-tang, and probable original iron-tipped ramrod, retaining its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G258'.
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, 'The W. Keith Neal Collection', 25th October 2001, Lot no. 88.
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