A Fine And Rare 5-Bore Flintlock Heavy Game Rifle
Lot 27*
A Fine And Rare 5-Bore Flintlock Heavy Game Rifle
Sold for £20,400 (US$ 33,940) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Fine And Rare 5-Bore Flintlock Heavy Game Rifle
By H.W. Mortimer, London, Gun Maker To His Majesty, Circa 1790
With massive rebrowned swamped twist octagonal barrel cut with sixteen grooves and engraved with a band of chevron ornament at the rear of the breech, iron fore-sight, shaped iron back-sight with extra leaf, gold-lined touch-hole, shaped tang finely engraved with a seated grizzly bear in a landscape above a tiger's head in an oval, large flat lock with moulded border engraved on the stepped tail with a tiger and a palm tree and fitted with roller and semi-rainproof pan (gold lining missing), figured walnut half-stock (minor bruises, repaired crack at the front of the lock), chequered grip and fore-end, raised cheek-piece, finely engraved iron mounts decorated with a trophy of the chase on the butt-plate and a standing sportsman with his gun on the bow of the spur trigger-guard, the trigger-guard finial in the form of a fallow deer buck (or a moose), patch-box in the German style with iron-capped sliding cover, silver fore-end cap and barrel-bolt escutcheons, set trigger, and brass-mounted ramrod: with its rosewood starting mallet, London proof marks (2)
33¼ in. (84.5 cm.) barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    J.N. George, author of English Pistols and Revolvers (1938) and English Guns and Rifles (1947), the two books which are recognised as the first major systematic histories of English firearms. George was killed by an enemy sniper while on active service in the Western Desert, and buried in the War Cemetery at El Alamein

    Literature:
    J.N. George, English Guns and Rifles, pp. 175-6, plate XI (1)
    Richard Akehurst, Sporting Guns, p. 42, plates 34, 35
    H. Lee Munson, The Mortimer Gunmakers 1753-1923, pp. 45, 48, plates 68-71

    Exhibited:
    The British Sporting Exhibition at the Imperial Institute, South Kensington, 14-30 January 1938, cat. no. 20

    This rifle is described by George (op.cit, p.175) as of the largest bore 'that the writer has ever encountered in a weapon of its type'. A note in the patch-box, handwritten by Keith Neal, records that it is 'extremely accurate with a charge of No.6 powder & pleasant to use..'

    Harvey Walklate Mortimer (1753-1819) received his appointment to King George III in 1783
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
* Import low rate

VAT on imported items at a preferential rate of 5% on Hammer Price and the prevailing rate on Buyer's Premium.