EX W. KEITH NEAL. GRIFFIN & TOW, LONDON
A FINE 21-BORE FLINTLOCK DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1780, with French 34in. barrels mounted with top rib only, applied bead fore-sight set back from muzzles, the top-rib at breech decorated with a line of gilt floral designs, a broader design in gilt repeated on the top of both breeches (faded), gold-lined touch-holes, top-tang finely engraved with flowers and scrolls on a hatched ground and with shallow sighting groove, florally engraved flat locks with moulded borders, stepped tails and signed 'GRIFFIN & TOW' below the plain pans, roller frizzens, swan necked cocks engraved en-suite, walnut handrail half-stock carved in relief with shells at the barrel tang, dot and checkerboard chequered grip, finely engraved iron mounts retaining traces of original finish, the trigger-guard with second pattern acorn finial matched by another on the ramrod tail-pipe and horn-tipped ramrod with worm tip, sling swivels removed and absent, retaining its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G246'
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, 'The W. Keith Neal Collection', Lot 72, 9th November 2000. Prior to this it was the property of The Marquess of Zetland, Aske, Nr. Richmond, Yorkshire (sold by anon. sale, Sotheby & Co., London, 20 December 1977, lot 234)
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