A Very Rare 15-Bore Brass-Mounted Breech-Loading Flintlock Sporting Rifle
Lot 644
A Very Rare 15-Bore Brass-Mounted Breech-Loading Flintlock Sporting Rifle
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,610) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Very Rare 15-Bore Brass-Mounted Breech-Loading Flintlock Sporting Rifle
A Very Rare 15-Bore Brass-Mounted Breech-Loading Flintlock Sporting Rifle
By William Newton, Grantham, Circa 1770
With russet barrel cut with ten grooves and with silver fore-sight, the breech section signed along the top flat and shaped to accommodate the threaded plug removeable for loading and also acting as a back-sight, plain tang, border engraved rounded lock signed in script, safety-catch, figured full stock (minor chips and bruising) with chequered grip, plain mounts comprising shaped flat bevelled side-plate, butt-plate, and trigger-guard with acorn finial, brass ramrod-pipes, and iron ramrod (barrel and lock with light rust patination), maker's barrelsmith's mark and proof marks
89 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • William Newton was the nephew and successor of Edward Newton following the latter's death in 1764. Robert Wogdon, John Twigg and Joseph Manton were all apprenticed to Edward, however firearms by William are almost unheard of. W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back in their Great British Gunmakers 1740-1790, 1975, p. 85 cite 'When Edward Newton died, he left his business to his nephew William, whose signature we have located on only one gun'

    For the gun mentioned, formerly in the A.N. Kennard Collection, and for more information see Tom Wimsey, 'Newton Of Grantham', J.A.A.S., Vol. XVI, No. 5 (September 2000), pp. 281-303
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