A Fine 38-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Air Gun
Lot 515
A Fine 38-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Air Gun
Sold for £4,000 (US$ 6,723) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Fine 38-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Air Gun
By Edward Bate, Brownlow Str., Long Acre, London, London Silver Hallmarks For 1771, Maker's Mark Of John King
With sighted two-stage barrel (surface pitted) with turned girdle, the octagonal breech section signed in full on an inlaid silver plaque and inlaid with further engraved silver decoration including scrolls, bands, and rosettes, finely engraved tang bearing the back-sight, flat bevelled lock engraved with running beadwork around the border, finely decorated with rococo ornament, and signed 'Bate' on a scroll surmounted by two rabbits, stepped tail engraved with a bird, pierced flat cock cut with further rococo designs, figured full stock carved in relief with shells at the barrel tang and inlaid opposite the lock with silver wire scrolls involving a shell and small engraved silver flower-heads, silver mounts finely cast and chased in relief with rococo designs on the escutcheon, and the tang of the butt-plate, the former surmounted by a satyr's head and engraved with owner's initials, apparently 'WM' conjoined, the latter engraved at the border with running beadwork and on the heel with two rabbits and a recumbent stag, all in a wooded landscape, border engraved trigger-guard decorated with running designs of flowers and foliage, spherical copper reservoir, three turned silver ramrod-pipes, and later horn-tipped ramrod with iron worm (stock cracked and chipped, fore-end partly replaced)
107.2 cm. barrel


  • Exhibited;
    The Craft Of The Gunmaker 1640-1870 (cat. no. 76, illustrated)

    Edward Bate was apprenticed in Birmingham, and is recorded in Brownlow Street, Long Acre between 1763 and 1778. Noted for his airguns, he was Contractor to Ordnance, 1779-83, and later in partnership with William Jover from c. 1805-10

    This gun hung on the wall of a public house for some 20 years before entering the collection

    For another example by the same maker, with iron mounts and skeleton butt, see Christie's London, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 9 November 2000, lot 23
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