A Fine And Rare 22-Bore French Breech-Loading Flintlock Sporting Gun On The La Chaumette System
Lot 56*
A Fine And Rare 22-Bore French Breech-Loading Flintlock Sporting Gun On The La Chaumette System
Sold for £19,200 (US$ 31,183) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Fine And Rare 22-Bore French Breech-Loading Flintlock Sporting Gun On The La Chaumette System
By Antoine Bourgeois, Paris, Early 18th Century
With tapering barrel retaining much of its original fire-blued finish and with sighting flat running almost the full length of the barrel and bearing the silver fore-sight, the octagonal breech section signed within a shaped panel flanked by foliated scrollwork and dots, all in encrusted gold, with further gold-encrusted decoration involving a monster-head around the loading aperture, iron quick-threaded breech plug with brass sleeve, shaped blued tang with gold-encrusted decoration en suite with the breech, signed flat bevelled border engraved lock with a Classical sportsman at its centre and with stepped tail engraved with a trophy of the chase, moulded figured walnut stock (minor bruising) stopping 3 in. short of the muzzle, and carved in relief with stepped raised panels at the barrel tang and a spray of foliage at its rear, and with a grotesque mask and foliage on the underside of the fore-stock, no provision for a ramrod, finely engraved and chiselled iron mounts based on the pattern book of De Lacollombe, the side-plate pierced with scrollwork involving a vacant oval cartouche, and terminating in a monster-head, engraved trigger-guard lowering the breech plug by means of one and a quarter turns, and long shaped bevelled trigger-plate with chiselled foliate finial, the tang of the butt-plate incorporating a hinged circular butt-trap cover engraved with a bust of Mars, the butt-trap containing a cylindrical iron powder-measure and two notes relating to the history of the gun
44½ in. (113 cm.) barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    According to the notes in the butt-trap "this gun belonged to the Baron von Hartig, adviser to the Empress Maria Theresa". This may possibly have been Joseph von Hartig (1685-1736), who was granted the title of Count (Graf) in 1719, or Franz de Paula Anton, Graf von Hartig (1758-97), an Imperial Privy Councillor. However neither of them is recorded as adviser to the Empress, who ruled between 1740 and 1765
    Hans Schedelmann
    Joe Kindig, Jr., from whom Keith Neal acquired it in about 1968

    Literature:
    Diana Keith Neal, 'The Firearms of France', Discovering Antiques, issue 47, 1971, p. 1121, figs. 4 and 7

    Isaac de La Chaumette of Paris presented his breech-loading system to the Académie des Sciences in 1704, but emigrated to London, where he patented his inventions, in 1721. Parisian examples were produced by Brion and Bourgeois. His system was later improved by Captain Patrick Ferguson in 1776
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