A Fine 15-Bore Dutch Flintlock Sporting Gun

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Lot 316
A Fine 15-Bore Dutch Flintlock Sporting Gun
By J. Wilkin, Maastricht, Circa 1690

Sold for £ 6,600 (US$ 8,798) inc. premium
A Fine 15-Bore Dutch Flintlock Sporting Gun
By J. Wilkin, Maastricht, Circa 1690
With tapering sighted barrel in three stages divided by mouldings, one of them grooved for sighting, the breech section finely engraved with symmetrical designs of foliated scrollwork, a stylised grotesque mask, and a vacant armorial shield between palm branches surmounted by a coronet and signed 'I. Wilkin', rectangular tang engraved with foliage and a tulip and set within a stepped iron panel engraved at the rear with a male profile bust, rounded lock with waved border, inscribed 'Mastreck' (sic) and engraved with flowers, foliage, a monster-head, and a female portrait bust between palm branches, moulded walnut full stock (minor bruises) carved in relief with scrollwork at the rear ramrod-pipe, shaped iron mounts including pierced and chiselled side-plate of Simonin pattern book inspiration terminating in a monster-head, butt-plate with long tang engraved with monsters and scrolling foliage, pierced and chiselled escutcheon, four baluster ramrod-pipes, and original iron-capped ramrod, in fine condition throughout
118.7 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    W. Keith Neal Collection
    Christie's, King Street, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 25 October 2001, lot 121 (£4,935 including premium)

    Literature:
    G. de Vries and B.J. Martens, The Visser Collection, vol. I, part 4, cat. no. 775, pp. 232-233
    Idem, Hartmans' Dutch Gunmakers..., p. 274

    For information on the maker (believed to have been active c. 1685 to 1698), see J.P. Puype, The Visser Collection, vol. I, part I, cat. no. 66, pp. 204-205
A Fine 15-Bore Dutch Flintlock Sporting Gun
A Fine 15-Bore Dutch Flintlock Sporting Gun
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