A 13-Bore Flintlock Sporting Gun

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Lot 395
A 13-Bore Flintlock Sporting Gun
By Griffin, Benjamin Of London, Circa 1750

Sold for £ 2,250 (US$ 2,810) inc. premium
A 13-Bore Flintlock Sporting Gun
By Griffin, Benjamin Of London, Circa 1750
With sighted continental barrel cut with sighting lines along almost its entire length from the breech flat, gold-lined touch-hole, grooved finely engraved tang, rounded lock with moulded border and signed within a foliate ribbon, cock with border en suite, pan with water-drains, and steel recessed to fit over the lip of the pan, moulded figured full stock (fore-end with minor repair) carved in relief with a shell behind the barrel tang, cheek-piece with leather pad (worn and repaired) secured by small dome-headed brass nails, iron mounts comprising side-plate pierced and chiselled with foliage centred on a cartouche, vacant escutcheon en suite, butt-plate engraved with a martial trophy above a rocaille on the heel tang, border engraved trigger-guard with first pattern acorn finial and with a cross-hatched oval on the bow, engraved ramrod-pipes, and horn-tipped ramrod with iron worm (some wear and scattered pitting)
111 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Probably made for Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglington (1723-1769), Eglington Castle, Irvine, Ayrshire
    Eglington Castle sale, Dowell's of Edinburgh, 1-5 December 1925, probably lot 884 or 905

    See W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, British Gunmakers Messrs Griffin & Tow and W. Bailes, 1740-1790, 1989, p. 18
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A 13-Bore Flintlock Sporting Gun
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