A Very Fine 14-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Sporting Gun, The Gift Of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell To Henry Robertson Esq. As A Token Of Friendship

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A Very Fine 14-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Sporting Gun, The Gift Of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell To Henry Robertson Esq. As A Token Of Friendship
By Loder, Minories, London, London Silver Hallmarks For 1769, Silversmith's Mark of John King

Sold for £ 14,437 (US$ 18,150) inc. premium
A Very Fine 14-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Sporting Gun, The Gift Of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell To Henry Robertson Esq. As A Token Of Friendship
By Loder, Minories, London, London Silver Hallmarks For 1769, Silversmith's Mark of John King
With slightly swamped two-stage barrel in Spanish style with turned girdle and silver spider fore-sight, octagonal breech stamped with two gold-lined maker's stamps and two pairs of gold-lined flower-head marks between star marks on the top flat, and signed on foliated scrolls beyond, a line of engraved beadwork across the rear of the breech, gold-lined touch-hole, tang grooved for sighting and engraved with flowering foliage and a rocaille in bas-relief, signed border engraved flat bevelled lock, cock and top jaw all decorated en suite, gold-lined pan and steel, the latter with unusual anti-friction link to the steel-spring, figured full stock with plain take-down fore-end (minor chip on one side at the muzzle) carved in relief with a martial trophy and palm fronds around the barrel tang, and with a scallop shell terminal behind the tail of the lock-plate and side-flat, and inlaid with fine silver wire scrollwork, the left side of the butt with a martial trophy below Classical architecture, a bird and flower-heads, all beneath a moon-in-splendour on the heel (minor losses of wire inlay), and on the right with a martial trophy including a campaign tent, an eagle with a laurel wreath in its beak, a barrel of cannon shot on its side, a bird and flower-heads, all beneath a sun-in-splendour on the heel, cast and chased mounts comprising trophy of arms escutcheon centred on a rococo cartouche engraved with donor's crest and motto framed by rocailles against a martial trophy, border engraved butt-plate inscribed in script 'The gift of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell to Henry Robertson Esqr. as a token of Friendship', and engraved with a martial trophy involving a Britannia shield below a baldachin surmounted by an eagle on the heel tang, border engraved trigger-guard with acorn finial and engraved with a further martial trophy within rocailles and foliage on the bow, turned ramrod-pipes, and original silver-tipped ramrod with iron worm (barrel and lock with some surface patination), Tower private proof marks
98.5 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • The crest and motto is that of the donor Lt. Colonel George Campbell

    Joseph Loder was apprenticed to Richard Clarke in 1735. Free of the Joiners' Company in 1742 he was elected Master in 1784. He is recorded at Minories from 1756, and was Contractor to Ordnance between 1769 and 1790, and to the East India Company between 1780 and 1796

    George Campbell (1732-1799) was born at Lorine or Lerine, Isle of Islay, Argyll, Scotland the son of Lachlan Campbell (1693-1750) of Kintra, Argyll and Martha Campbell (1701-1758). In the period 1733-38 George's father settled in America, with his mother and siblings. Their home was at Campbell Hall, Ulster County, New York State. In 1776 George raised, with Colonel Edmund Fanning, the King's American Regiment, acting as second in command to Fanning with the rank of Lt. Colonel. In January 1781 he was in command of the Georgetown Garrison where, despite the failure of Lt. Colonel Henry Lee's Legion Infantry to successfully attack the town, he was captured. This gave the British commanders in Charlestown the chance to replace Campbell, some of his officers having written to Charlestown complaining that they were in a state of near mutiny at the time of his capture. It was not until 25 December 1782 that the King's American Regiment was recognised as part of the British Army and the ranks of its officers were confirmed. During 1782 and 1783 Lt. Colonel George Campbell is recognised for two successful expeditions in support of the Crown. Following these expeditions he was court-marshalled on the serious charges of embezzlement and failing to act as a gentleman. However he was acquitted and only found guilty of minor offences regarding operations. He successfully appealed in a memorial of 1783 to the Council of the Court Marshall. In September 1783 the King's American Regiment was disbanded in Nova Scotia. On 12 October 1795 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and on 26 February 1799 to the rank of Major General. He died on or before June 1799 and his will of 16 April 1799 identifies him as Major-General George Campbell of Fort St. George, Madras, India.

    George Campbell's friendship with Henry Robertson is yet to be established, although he may have been a member of the merchant community in India with whom Campbell appears to have had connections, some of whom also acted as executors to his will.
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A Very Fine 14-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Sporting Gun, The Gift Of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell To Henry Robertson Esq. As A Token Of Friendship
A Very Fine 14-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Sporting Gun, The Gift Of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell To Henry Robertson Esq. As A Token Of Friendship
A Very Fine 14-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Sporting Gun, The Gift Of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell To Henry Robertson Esq. As A Token Of Friendship
A Very Fine 14-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Sporting Gun, The Gift Of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell To Henry Robertson Esq. As A Token Of Friendship
A Very Fine 14-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Sporting Gun, The Gift Of Lieut. Colonel George Campbell To Henry Robertson Esq. As A Token Of Friendship
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