A cased 12 gauge Scottish underlever hammer gun by John Lyell
Lot 3316ANTIQUE
A cased 12 gauge Scottish underlever hammer gun by John Lyell
Sold for US$ 2,925 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A cased 12 gauge Scottish underlever hammer gun by John Lyell
owned by General Sir Harry Lumsden
Serial no. 1527, 12 gauge. 30 inch Damascus barrels with single silver bead, the concave rib marked John Lyell Union Street Aberdeen No. 1. Extractor. Signed sidelock underlever action with best scroll engraving. Straight checkered buttstock of dark walnut with steel buttplate and vacant silver escutcheon. Wedge fore-end with engraved fittings. Complete with original leather-covered and brass-mounted oak case. Lid with oval escutcheon inscribed Gen. Sir Harry Lumsden K.C.S.I. Aberdeen/Belhelvie Lodge. Green baize-lined and partitioned two level interior. Lower level missing gun No. 2 but containing set of 30 inch 12 gauge barrels by A. Davis of Aberdeen.
Condition: Very good. Barrels retain some thin Damascus finish, bores showing light rings and some minor pitting. Action with grey metal showing some light pitting. Wood with minor marks. Case exterior showing numerous marks and some tearing to leather. Lining showing wear and staining.

Footnotes

  • Note: General Sir Harry Lumsden, 1821-96, had a long and distinguished career in the Anglo-Indian Army. Lumsden joined the 59th Bengal Native Infantry in 1838, was present at the forcing of the Khyber Pass in 1842. He fought in the first and second Sikh Wars, being wounded at Sobraon. He became assistant to Sir Henry Lawrence at Lahore in 1846, he was appointed in 1847 to raise the Corps of Guides. The object of this corps, composed of horse cavalry and foot soldiers, was to provide trustworthy men to act as guides to troops in the field, and also to collect intelligence beyond as well as within the North-West frontier of India. The regiment was located at Mardan on the Peshawar border, and has become one of the most famous in the Indian army. For the equipment of this corps, Lumsden originated the khaki uniform in 1848. In 1857 he was sent on a mission to Kandahar with his younger brother, Sir Peter Lumsden, in connection with the subsidy paid by the Indian government to the Amir, and was in Afghanistan throughout the Mutiny. He took part in the Waziri Expedition of 1860, was in command of the Hyderabad Contingent from 1862, and left India in 1869. He became a lieutenant-general in 1875; that same year he retired and moved to Scotland where he spent the rest of his days.
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