A Fine Pair Of 16-Bore Liège Flintlock Sporting Guns

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Lot 317
A Fine Pair Of 16-Bore Liège Flintlock Sporting Guns
By Philippe Selier (Or Desellier), Early 18th Century

Sold for £ 8,400 (US$ 11,198) inc. premium
A Fine Pair Of 16-Bore Liège Flintlock Sporting Guns
By Philippe Selier (Or Desellier), Early 18th Century
Each with two-stage barrel retaining nearly all its original blued finish, silver spider fore-sight and silver ring back-sight, octagonal breech struck three times with the brass-lined maker's mark (Neue Støckel 4373), brass-lined touch-hole, tang overlaid with brass finely engraved with acanthus foliage, finely engraved faceted brass lock signed on the top edge forward of the faceted pan, engraved cock retained from the inside by a bolt with chiselled grotesque mask head and retaining the original blued finish on the top jaw and screw, faceted cock-jaws, cock-screw and steel, the front of the steel chiselled with a grotesque mask in relief and with spur of triangular section, blued steel-spring, moulded figured walnut half-stock (minor bruises) carved with foliage in relief, finely engraved cast and chiselled brass mounts with minor differences in engraving, including pierced foliate side-plate involving a grotesque mask and two monster-heads, vacant escutcheon with coronet above and grotesque mask beneath, brass fore-end band, faceted brass ramrod-pipes, and original brass-capped wooden ramrod, the butt-plates inscribed respectively 'No I' and 'No 2', both guns in fine condition throughout (2)
111.1 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    W. Keith Neal Collection
    Christie's South Kensington, Fine Antique Arms and Armour, 12 December 1997, lot 152 (£6,900 including premium)

    Literature:
    G. de Vries and B.J. Martens, The Visser Collection, vol. I, part 4, cat. no. 786, pp. 254-255

    For information on the maker (recorded from c. 1680 to 1740), see J.P. Puype, The Visser Collection, vol. I, part I, cat. no. 85, pp. 244-245 and vol. I, part 2, cat. nos. 358 and 376, pp. 306-309 and 356-357
A Fine Pair Of 16-Bore Liège Flintlock Sporting Guns
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