EX W. KEITH NEAL. H. NOCK, LONDON
A FINE 15-BORE FLINTLOCK SINGLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1780, with rebrowned two-stage 39 1/4in. barrel, London and Tower private proofs, turned and engraved girdle, silver fore-sight on a spider ground, gold inlaid maker's poincon signed 'NOCK, LONDON' in raised letters, gold-lined touch-hole (relined), ball engraved bands at breech-end and front of hook, finely engraved top-tang featuring hanging game, flat bevel-edged lock with borderline engraving signed in script 'NOCK' below the semi rainproof pan, stepped and pointed tail, swivel link to the steel, swan-necked cock, walnut handrail half-stock finely chequered at the wrist and carved in relief with a shell behind the barrel tang, engraved iron furniture including trigger-guard with acorn finial, horn fore-end cap, silver oval escutcheon opposite the lock engraved with owner's initials 'SW', engraved silver barrel-key escutcheons formed as scallop shells and horn-tipped ramrod with worm, retaining its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G162'.
Previously sold Christies, 'The W. Keith Neal Collection', Lot 57, 9th November 2000, and was once owned by J.N. George, author of English Pistols and Revolvers and English Guns and Rifles.
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