A Fine And Rare Highly Decorated Russian 10-Bore Sporting Gun By M. Ivan Pushkin Of Tula, Circa 1790
Lot 178
A Fine And Rare Highly Decorated Russian 10-Bore Sporting Gun By M. Ivan Pushkin Of Tula, Circa 1790
Sold for £46,250 (US$ 70,914) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Fine And Rare Highly Decorated Russian 10-Bore Sporting Gun
By M. Ivan Pushkin Of Tula, Circa 1790
With rebrowned barrel in four stages, polygonal in front of the breech section and again for most of its length to the muzzle, the latter with a thick silver band and inlaid in silver with an engraved crowned Imperial eagle at the silver fore-sight, the mid-section inlaid in silver and gold with an engraved border of foliage and a border of flower-heads, breech struck with maker's mark 'P' beneath and decorated with a trophy of arms and foliage en suite, all within silver-inlaid borders, and with raised top flat signed in gold in cyrillic between a silver and gold-inlaid foliated vase and a martial trophy, platinum-lined touch-hole, grooved shaped tang inlaid en suite with the breech and involving a pair of eagles, flat bevelled lock signed in gold cyrillic within thin silver-inlaid borders and inlaid with engraved silver and gold foliage, the cock (expertly restored) and steel en suite, the latter with roller, raised bright pan and blued internal mechanism with pierced foliate engraved bridle, highly figured walnut full stock carved with foliage behind the rear ramrod-pipe and in front of the trigger-guard finial, chequered grip, butt with cheekpiece and inlaid with numerous gilt-copper plaques variously engraved with foliage, a sporting trophy, pairs of birds and flowers, a vase, and on each side in front of the butt-plate with a sporting trophy framing an oval crest probably representing Tula, all enriched with finely inlaid silver wire scrollwork and trophies of arms, steel mounts inlaid in engraved silver and gold en suite with the barrel and lock and comprising pierced side-plate, butt-plate and scroll trigger-guard with pierced and engraved foliate finials, engraved trigger and ramrod-pipes, white horn fore-end cap, and original ramrod with later tip 80.5 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Greener Collection of Important Firearms, Sotheby & Co., London, 25 July 1960, lot 143 (frontispiece)
    A.R. Dufty, F.S.A., Master of the Armouries, H.M. Tower of London (1962-77)
    Clay P. Bedford Collection

    Exhibited:
    Willlmer House Museum, Farnham, 3-29 April 1962, No. 13
    The Art of the Armourer, Victoria & Albert Museum, 19 April-5 May 1963, No. 189

    Literature:
    Howard L. Blackmore, Hunting Weapons, 1971, pl. 96
    Howard Ricketts, Firearms, 1972, p. 54, fig. 79
    Wallace B. Gusler and James D. Lavin, Decorated Firearms 1540-1870 From The Collection Of Clay P. Bedford, 1977, No. 91, pp. 226-7 (illustrated)

    Peter the Great founded the State Small Arms Factory in 1705 for the production of military weapons for the Russian army. As well as military weapons, fine edged weapons and firearms of all sorts were produced both as luxury items for the Imperial Court and as presentation pieces
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