EX W. KEITH NEAL. H. NOCK, LONDON
A FINE 16-BORE FLINTLOCK SILVER-MOUNTED SINGLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1760, with expertly rebrowned 38 3/8in. two-stage London proved barrel, moulded and carved girdle, silver bead fore-sight on a spider ground, patent breech with oval gold inlaid poincon signed in raised letters 'H. NOCK LONDON', engraved band to breech-end, gold-lined touch-hole, finely engraved hump-backed top-tang with sighting groove, plain lock (traces of colour) with similar gold inlaid maker's stamp, moulded border, stepped tail, blued steel-spring with roller, rainproof pan and swan-necked cock, the internal working parts retaining their original blued finish, moulded highly figured walnut half-stock (butt extended in antiquity in wood), finely relief carved around the top-tang with shells, cast and chased silver mounts of exceptional quality decorated in relief with masks, flowers, and foliage, the butt-plate engraved with rococo designs, the trigger-guard finial in the form of a bouquet of flowers, pierced trigger, horn fore-end cap, and horn-tipped ramrod with worm end, retaining its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered 'G345'.
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, 'The W. Keith Neal Collection, 25th October 2001, Lot no. 62
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