A Fine Bohemian 18-Bore Percussion Sporting Rifle
Lot 279
A Fine Bohemian 18-Bore Percussion Sporting Rifle
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 7,983) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Fine Bohemian 18-Bore Percussion Sporting Rifle
By A.V. Lebeda A Prague, No. 2304, Circa 1855
With browned twist barrel rifled with eight grooves and signed in gothic script along the tapering breech flat between engraved designs of foliage, blued foliated engraved windage adjustable fore-sight, blued engraved folding leaf back-sight to 240 yards and inscribed 'The distance from stock' along the finial, foliate scroll engraved case-hardened patent breech with pierced platinum plug, signed flat detented lock, hammer, and mounts all decorated en suite, the last comprising butt-plate with a stag in a landscape on the tail, trigger-plate and rear ramrod-pipe, blued scroll trigger-guard engraved with scrolling foliage and with a hind in a landscape on the bow, foliate engraved mount for a peep-sight behind the barrel tang, highly figured half-stock with cheek-piece and chequered grip, vacant white-metal escutcheon, set trigger, sling loop (the other missing), dark horn fore-end cap, original blued steel ramrod with pierced brass tip, and in fine condition retaining most of its original finish
78.2 cm. barrel


  • Anton Vincent Lebeda was among the leading gunmakers of his day and was appointed Hofbüchsenmacher in 1852. He is recorded as having made twelve guns, six double rifles and three single rifles for the Emperor Franz Josef I and is the maker of the exceptional cased pair of royal percussion target pistols (probably his masterpiece) sold at Christie's London, Antique Arms and Armour, 29 October 1986, lot 157
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