A .54 FLINTLOCK SPORTING-RIFLE SIGNED HEWSON, LONDON,
CIRCA 1815, no visible serial number,
with 26in. octagonal barrel rifled with eight grooves, dovetailed blade front-sight and three leaf rear-sight, patent breech with platinum lined touch hole, the top flat with inset silver poincon bearing the legend 'HEWSON / LONDON' the fixed breech attractively decorated with ribbon bands, border lines, and a stand of flags, the detented lock with border decoration and a small amount of foliate engraving on the tail, and signed 'HEWSON' to the centre, waterproof pan, refaced frizzen and the frizzen spring with roller, French-style cock engraved to match, the rifle also has a set trigger, iron-mounted walnut half-stock with chequered wrist the butt with raised cheek-rest vacant silver escutcheon to wrist, the iron mounts attractively engraved, scroll trigger-guard with pineapple finial, complete with sling swivels and brass mounted ebony rammer. The rifle has been refurbished to the highest standards and reconverted from percussion back to flint, and re-engraved, a good looking piece
Provenance: The maker was probably Thomas Hewson of 133 Fetter Lane 1805-8 then at 36 Piccadilly, 1808-1836
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