A Very Rare Russian 14-Bore Flintlock Sporting Gun
Lot 282
A Very Rare Russian 14-Bore Flintlock Sporting Gun
Sold for £18,000 (US$ 30,585) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Very Rare Russian 14-Bore Flintlock Sporting Gun
By Jakov Krapiventov (sic) Of Tula, Circa 1780
With two-stage barrel with brass fore-sight within a gold-inlaid starburst, octagonal breech signed in gold cyrillic letters between gold-encrusted foliage along the top flat, and decorated on the breech (touch-hole bushed with brass) with chiselled and gold-encrusted rococo ornament between silver-encrusted lines, tang en suite and incorporating the chiselled foliate back-sight, flat bevelled lock with gold-encrusted foliage within gold-inlaid lines, cock en suite and involving a hounds head (top jaw and screw replaced, steel refaced), the chiselled retaining screw with traces of silver and gold decoration, safety-catch, moulded highly figured full stock (fore-end chipped along each side, toe of butt chipped) carved with foliage behind the rear ramrod-pipe and barrel tang, in front of the trigger-guard finial and at the rear of the raised cheek-piece, and profusely decorated overall with finely inlaid gold and silver wire scrollwork within silver wire borders (some losses), steel mounts decorated en suite with the lock and comprising shaped side-plate with foliate tail, butt-plate and scroll trigger-guard each with an applied gold-inlaid urn, the latter with pierced and chiselled foliate frond with bird's head terminal in front of the bow, trigger en suite, three gold- and silver-inlaid ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end cap (slightly wormed), and later pierced silver sling swivels (ramrod missing, steel parts rust patinated, worn and loss of decoration overall)
80.5 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • For a flintlock fowling piece made for a youth by the same maker and preserved in the Hermitage (inv. no. 3.0.5430) see Valentin Mavrodin, Fine Arms from Tula, 1977, No. 77-79

    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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