A fine gold damascened Royal Bavarian underlever cape gun by Miller & Valentin Greiss

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Lot 2298ANTIQUE
A fine gold damascened Royal Bavarian underlever cape gun by Miller & Valentin Greiss
probably made for Prince Franz Maria Luitpold of Bavaria

Sold for US$ 12,870 inc. premium
A fine gold damascened Royal Bavarian underlever cape gun by Miller & Valentin Greiss
probably made for Prince Franz Maria Luitpold of Bavaria
Serial no. 14617, 20 gauge/11mm. 25 1/2 inch side-by-side barrels; flat rib signed in gold Miller & Val. Greiss Munchen; rifle barrel browned, the shotgun barrel with brown Damascus finish, the breeches inlaid in gold with floral scrollwork framing the engraved figures of spear-armed putti with leashed hunting dogs; silver fore-sight, single standing/single folding leaf rear; doll's head extension. Gold banded fences and tang chiseled with florals, the tang with folding peep sight with adjustable traverse. Rounded underlever action and back action locks inlaid with gold bands and etched and engraved with florals and the figures of cherubs; gold-banded hammers finely chiseled as dolphins. Triggerguard inlaid in gold with the Royal Crown of Bavaria over the monogram FL. Horn underlever and triggerguard extension. Checkered walnut fore-end. Figured walnut buttstock finely intaglio-carved with floral meander, the left side incorporating a cornucopia. Engraved steel buttplate with trap opening to reveal a baize-lined compartment for three cartridges. Sling swivels.
Condition: Excellent. Barrels showing some minor spotting. Bright bores. Left side of fore-end with splintered loss above the wedge. Underlever and triggerguard extension with insect damage. Stock with minor marks.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Prince Franz Maria Luitpold, 1875-1957, was the third son of King Ludwig III of Bavaria. He commanded the 3rd (later the 4th) Bavarian Infantry Brigade during World War I and rose to the rank of Major General. See lot 4806, November 11, 2013, Hermann Historica, for a Miller & Val. Greiss double rifle of very similar form, formerly the property of Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, the great uncle of Prince Franz.
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A fine gold damascened Royal Bavarian underlever cape gun by Miller & Valentin Greiss
A fine gold damascened Royal Bavarian underlever cape gun by Miller & Valentin Greiss
A fine gold damascened Royal Bavarian underlever cape gun by Miller & Valentin Greiss
A fine gold damascened Royal Bavarian underlever cape gun by Miller & Valentin Greiss
A fine gold damascened Royal Bavarian underlever cape gun by Miller & Valentin Greiss
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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