A Very Rare Cased 20-Bore Forsyth Roller Primer D.B. Sporting GUn

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A Very Rare Cased 20-Bore Forsyth Roller Primer D.B. Sporting GUn
By Forsyth & Co., Patent Gun MAkers, London, Nos. 2774/5, Circa 1821

Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 39,536) inc. premium
A Very Rare Cased 20-Bore Forsyth Roller Primer D.B. Sporting GUn
By Forsyth & Co., Patent Gun MAkers, London, Nos. 2774/5, Circa 1821
With browned twist sighted barrels (some surface rust patination), elevated rib signed in full and engraved with symmetrical foliage at the rear, case-hardened patent breeches each with two platinum lines, case-hardened tang engraved with symmetrical foliage, border engraved case-hardened flat locks, each serial numbered on the inside, signed 'Forsyth & Co., Patent', decorated with foliage inhabited by two pheasants on the tail, and with the head of the sear pin on the outside of the lock-plate, hammers engraved en suite and each involving a monster-head, case-hardened serial numbered primers, also decorated en suite and struck 'F Patent', and 'R' and 'L' respectively on the inner surface, highly figured half-stock (minor chips and scratches) with chequered grip, steel mounts (some scattered minor pitting) with characteristic foliate engraving, comprising butt-plate, trigger-guard with two game birds on the bow, trigger-plate with pineapple-shaped finial, and rear ramrod-pipe en suite, vacant silver escutcheon and barrel-bolt escutcheons, and original brass-mounted ramrod: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with accessories including correct brass-mounted cylindrical copper flask, a powder-flask with planished bag-shaped body with bevelled edge, two circular wooden boxes respectively for grease and felt pads for the primers, a steel wad pouch, and a modern leather wallet containing an original ivory priming flask and a reproduction steel combination tool, the interior of the lid with illustrated maker's trade label of the third design for 1811-16 between two smaller instructional labels, the exterior with flush-fitting brass circular carrying handle centred on a vacant circular brass escutcheon, London proof marks
74.5 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    W. Keith Neal Collection, C198
    Christie's London, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 25 October 2001, lot 24

    Literature
    W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back, Forsyth & Co.: Patent Gunmakers, 1969, pp. 10-12 and p. 51, pls. 23-25, 65-66, and colour pl.1
    D.H.L. Back, Forsyth & Co.: Patent Gunmakers 1806-1852, pps. 21-22 and p. 43, pls. 16 a-c, 52 a, b, and colour pl. VII

    For a cased 17-bore example (nos. 2781/2 of circa 1821), formerly in the D.H.L. Back Collection, and sold in these Rooms, see Fine Antique Arms and Armour..., 24 November 2010, lot 417
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A Very Rare Cased 20-Bore Forsyth Roller Primer D.B. Sporting GUn
A Very Rare Cased 20-Bore Forsyth Roller Primer D.B. Sporting GUn
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