A Rare Cased 16-Bore D.B. Sporting Gun For 'Mushroom' Percussion Primers
Lot 526
A Rare Cased 16-Bore D.B. Sporting Gun For 'Mushroom' Percussion Primers
Sold for £5,040 (US$ 8,466) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Rare Cased 16-Bore D.B. Sporting Gun For 'Mushroom' Percussion Primers
By Westley Richards, 170 New Bond St., London, No. 6805 For 1848
With browned twist sighted barrels signed in full along the rib, case-hardened breeches engraved with scrolling foliage and each with platinum line and pierced platinum plug, foliate scroll engraved case-hardened tang, signed border engraved locks and dolphin hammers, figured half-stock with chequered grip and fore-end, border engraved blued steel mounts decorated with scrolling foliage comprising butt-plate and trigger-guard, case-hardened trigger-plate with pineapple-shaped foliate finial, vacant silver escutcheon, original brass-mounted ramrod, and much original finish: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with accessories including powder- and shot-flasks, Sykes patent leather shot-belt, combination tool, mainspring clamp, patch-cutter, turnscrews and a tin of 'mushroom' percussion primers, the interior of the lid with maker's trade label (some damage), the exterior (minor split) with flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a vacant circular escutcheon, Birmingham proof marks
74.9 cm. barrel


  • For further details regarding this ignition system see Lewis Winant, Early Percussion Firearms ..., 1959, pp. 78 and 157, pls. 61 and 208; and S. James Gooding 'Pellets, Tubes and Caps', The Canadian Journal of Arms Collecting, vol. 17, no.4 (November 1974), pp. 107-125

    This primer or cap was patented by Westley Richards (British Patent no. 6071) in 1831. The famous Colonel Peter Hawker refers to them in his Instructions to Young Sportsmen, ninth edition: 'I have tried it repeatedly, and never yet knew it to fail; and my son, of the 74th regiment, shot with it for a whole season, and never had a miss-fire. The next season he accompanied me to the coast, where we had heavy seas and much wet weather; and while my copper caps were missing about two shots out of ten, his primer never failed once'