A Massive 2-Bore Tube-Lock Punt Gun
Lot 239
A Massive 2-Bore Tube-Lock Punt Gun
By William Burnett, Southampton, Circa 1840
Sold for £ 7,440 (US$ 9,695) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Massive 2-Bore Tube-Lock Punt Gun A Massive 2-Bore Tube-Lock Punt Gun
A Massive 2-Bore Tube-Lock Punt Gun
By William Burnett, Southampton, Circa 1840
With rebrowned twist barrel engraved at the breech with the barrel-forger's signature 'Fullerd London' and struck with his mark beneath, and with a restraining lug fitted in front of the fore-end, short octagonal breech section, border engraved recessed patent breech with platinum-lined vent, shaped tang engraved with foliage, signed flat lock with sprung tube-retainer, figured walnut half-stock (perhaps replaced during the gun's working life, inset repair beneath the fore-end), the butt indented for the right hand and with later leather recoil-pad secured by a double line of small brass tacks, brass trigger-plate, barrel-bolt escutcheons and fore-end cap, and copper barrel-bolt (the iron parts refinished and with some wear and pitting, trigger replaced), London proof marks; together with its brass-mounted ramrod and a brass charge dispenser: on two modern wooden stands (5)
247.6 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The royal palace Soestdyk and subsequently gifted to the late owner by the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands
    Believed to have been made for King William II of the Netherlands

    William Burnett of Southampton (active 1823-1851), specialised in the manufacture of guns suitable for wildfowling, including an 11-bore double-barrelled percussion gun (in the W. Keith Neal Collection) made for the famous Colonel Peter Hawker, who refers to it in his Diary (p. 275) as "Bloody Burnett" and as 'my unrivalled cripple stopper'

    A gun of very similar form is described and illustrated in Hawker's Instructions To Young Sportsmen ..., 6th edition, 1830, facing p. 394. The engraving of the gun is entitled 'Invisible Approach For Wild Birds On Land'

    The lock conforms to William Moore's design submitted to the Ordnance percussion trials of 1834-35. See J.A. Chalmer, W. Furneaux and F.L. Edridge, 'The British 'Musquet' Trials of 1834-1835', Arms Collecting, vol. 40, no. 1 (February 2002), pp. 12-18
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