EX W. KEITH NEAL. DURS EGG, LONDON
A FINE 10-BORE FLINTLOCK SILVER-MOUNTED SINGLE-BARRELLED FOWLING-PIECE, no visible serial number,
London silver hallmarks for 1787, with rebrowned swamped two-stage 54 3/8in. twist barrel with applied silver fore-sight on a spider ground, moulded and carved band at the intersection, gold inlaid poincon at the breech signed in raised letters 'D. EGG LONDON' together with a crown device, gold line at breech-end, gold-lined touch-hole, finely engraved top-tang with sighting groove, flat borderline engraved bevel-edged lock further engraved with foliage to the stepped and pointed tail, large safety-catch also locking the steel, roller frizzen, gold-lined semi rainproof pan, walnut half-stock (small repair above the front of the lock), the grip with typical Durs checkerboard chequering, the underside of the butt with spare side-nail, silver mounts finely engraved with sporting scenes, engraved silver fore-end cap, and original horn-tipped ramrod with worm, London proof marks, silver maker's mark of Michael Barnett, complete with its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G419'
Provenance: Previously sold Christies 'The W. Keith Neal Collection', 25th October 2001, Lot 67,
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