A Rare 25-Bore Liège D.B. Flintlock Sporting Gun

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Lot 315
A Rare 25-Bore Liège D.B. Flintlock Sporting Gun
By Philippe de Selier (Desellier), Circa 1720

Sold for £ 7,200 (US$ 9,542) inc. premium
A Rare 25-Bore Liège D.B. Flintlock Sporting Gun
By Philippe de Selier (Desellier), Circa 1720
With swamped barrels without ribs, secured by a pierced and engraved iron barrel band and each retaining most of its original lustrous blued finish, engraved silvered brass fore-sights, signed breech sections each stamped thrice with the maker's brass-lined mark (Neue Støckel 4372), swelling tangs engraved with acanthus foliage, signed faceted border engraved locks decorated with foliage and each with stepped tail, faceted cock-jaws, jaw screw, cock retaining screw, pan and steel, the last with spur of triangular section, the screws (two replaced), top jaws and steel-springs all retaining their original blued finish, moulded figured walnut half-stock (minor bruises) carved in relief with acanthus foliage behind the barrel tangs, engraved iron mounts, faceted trigger-guard decorated with scrollwork on a raised panel on the bow, butt-plate (small patches of surface pitting) with long shaped tang, vacant escutcheon with coronet above, turned and faceted ramrod-pipes, and original iron-capped ramrod, the butt-plate engraved 'No 20', in original little-used condition throughout
107.3 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Zwanger, Sotheby & Co., New York, European Works of Art, Tapestries and Furniture, 17 October 2000, part of lot 228

    This is an example of the early type of side-by-side double sporting gun. The ones constructed with separate barrels are called 'fusils à bande', and nearly all of them are of French manufacture

    Cf. the garniture of three-shot pistols and gun by the same maker formerly in the Armoury of their Serene Highnesses the Princes zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, sold at Christie's, King Street, 15 April 1992, lot 255

    Literature:
    G. de Vries and B.J. Martens, The Visser Collection, vol. I, part 4, cat. no. 920, pp. 542-543
A Rare 25-Bore Liège D.B. Flintlock Sporting Gun
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