CHARLES LANCASTER, LONDON
A CASED EARLY 12-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN, serial no. 184,
for 1827 and possibly converted from tubelock, with slightly shortened rebrowned 29in. twist barrels, the top-rib signed 'CHARLES LANCASTER, 151 NEW BOND ST., LONDON' (renewed), moulded nipple-wells, borderline and scroll engraved long top-tang featuring a vignette of gamebirds, border, scroll and gamescene engraved back-action locks with bar extensions signed 'C. LANCASTER IMPROVEMENTS' (refreshed), scroll engraved dolphin headed hammers, competent renewed walnut half-stock chequered at the wrist and reusing the original iron furniture, replacement brass-tipped ramrod and together with a period brass cornered walnut storage case, relined and compartmented for this shotgun with green baize, reproduction Lancaster trade label inside lid and containing period flasks, wad punch and patch cutter together with later quality nipple-key, turnscrew and oil-bottle and also including a modern cleaning rod
Other Notes: A letter from Charles Lancaster Gunmakers Ltd dated 2011 and accompanying the lot states that according to records this shotgun was produced in 1827 for a Lt J. Hall.
Charles Lancaster's business only started in 1826 making this one of the earliest Lancaster's known.
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