EX W. KEITH NEAL, TWIGG, LONDON
A 13-BORE FLINTLOCK SINGLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1785, with two-stage London proved 38in. twist barrel (cleaned of finish, some mild staining) banded at the intersection, applied silver fore-sight on a spider ground, gold inlaid poincon at breech signed in raised letters 'TWIGG, LONDON' together with a crown device, gold-lined touch-hole, engraved top-tang, flat plain lock with moulded border and pointed stepped tail signed in script below the gold lined semi rainproof pan with third form of signature, roller frizzen, swan necked cock (top-jaw and screw replaced), walnut half-stock carved in relief with a shell behind the barrel tang, dot and checkerboard chequered handrail grip and fore-end, iron mounts with typical engraving, the butt-plate with owner's initials 'RH', the scroll trigger-guard with second pattern acorn finial, horn fore-end cap and horn-tipped ramrod, complete with its w. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G399'
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, The W. Keith Neal Collection', Lot 59, 9th November 2000.
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