EX W. KEITH NEAL: BARBAR, LONDON
AN EARLY 16-BORE FLINTLOCK SPORTING MUSKET, no visible serial number,
circa 1730 and almost certainly the work of Lewis Barbar, with brushed bright round 44 1/2in. barrel stepping down in four stages, each stage with carved and moulded bands at the intersection, small boat-shaped fore-sight, the band between the first and second stages raised and cut with a rear-sight notch, the top of breech signed 'BARBAR LONDINI', London proofs, borderline engraved top-tang, radiused banana-shaped lock with borderline engraving and pointed tail and signed 'BARBAR' below the pan, moulded frizzen foot and bridleless mount, borderline engraved round top-jaw to the swan-necked cock, walnut handrail full-stock, the iron furniture fitted to carved raised borders, large moulded iron heel-plate with elongated top-spur, carved ramrod channel, turned and moulded ramrod thimbles and possible original iron faced ramrod, complete with its W. Keith Neal collection medallion numbered G295.
Provenance: Previously sold Christies, 'The W. Keith Neal Collection', Lot 139, 09.11.2000
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