An English percussion fowling gun
2nd quarter 19th century
The 23 1/2 inch three-stage barrel in 16 gauge, the underside with Birmingham proofs. Engraved patent breech. Engraved tang. Scroll and border-engraved sidelock signed Holmes. Engraved steel triggerguard and buttplate. Walnut half-stock with silver fore-end cap and wedge escutcheons. Brass-tipped ramrod.
Condition: Good to very good. Barrel with smooth grey metal showing slight traces of brown twist finish. Lock with sharp engraving. Stock with scattered light marks, right front of fore-end with long sliver missing, top of wrist has been reduced.