A Fine 16-Bore French Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Gun

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Lot 492*
A Fine 16-Bore French Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Gun
By Olive A Marseille, French Silver Marks, Circa 1780

Sold for £ 9,600 (US$ 11,862) inc. premium
A Fine 16-Bore French Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Gun
By Olive A Marseille, French Silver Marks, Circa 1780
With blued swamped barrel with gilt bands around the muzzle and decorated with punched and gilt foliage at the muzzle and on either side in front of the breech, the decoration at the breech including a sporting trophy and fleur-de-lys, punched and gilt breech struck with circular barrelsmith's mark on each side of J. Berteas (sic) Fils and with their name and mark beneath, punched and gilt sighting groove extending to the gilt fore-sight, the latter against a punched and gilt explosion, border engraved grooved tang decorated with foliage against finely punched gold grounds, signed rounded lock decorated en suite and involving flowerheads and a trophy arms on the tail, cock pierced with scrolls, steel and pan all decorated en suite, the last with water-drain, moulded highly figured half-stock carved with flowering foliage behind the rear ramrod-pipe, in front of the trigger-guard finial, and behind the barrel tang, and inlaid with silver wire scrollwork involving an engraved flowerhead on each side of the butt and a sun-in-splendour on the comb, cast and chased mounts decorated in low relief with flowers and scrolling foliage against finely punched gilt grounds and comprising shaped side-plate centred on a Classical trophy of arms, escutcheon centred on an explosion, butt-plate with shaped borders and a sporting trophy on the tang, and scroll trigger-guard with a sporting trophy involving a boar's head on the bow, turned silver ramrod-pipes en suite, iron sling loops, original silver-tipped ramrod with iron worm, and retaining much of its blued and gilt finish overall
101.2 cm. barrel
A Fine 16-Bore French Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Gun
A Fine 16-Bore French Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Gun
A Fine 16-Bore French Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Gun
A Fine 16-Bore French Silver-Mounted Flintlock Sporting Gun
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