A 14-BORE PINFIRE PATON PATENT DOUBLE-BARRELLED BAR-IN-WOOD SPORTING GUN SIGNED J. LEES, serial no. 791,
almost certainly converted from muzzle-loading and built to Paton's provisional patent of 1865, with 29in. damascus barrels, the top-rib signed 'J. LEES, PERTH' near breech (barely legible), moulded fences around the rear of the pin apertures, fully engraved top-tang marked in a helix banner 'PATON'S PATENT', border, scroll and gamescene engraved bar-action locks signed 'J. LEES, PERTH', scroll engraved dolphin headed hammers, chequered walnut butt-stock (escutcheon missing from wrist), iron furniture, Paton's Patent push-forward under-lever, the action table marked 'EDWARD PATON PATENT' and chequered walnut splinter fore-end
Provenance: It would appear that Edward Paton only ever provisionally patented his design under No. 1433 of 25 May, 1865 despite receiving an extremely favourable write up by Walsh in the journal 'British Rural Sports', where it is told that by 1866 over 50 guns had been built on this principle and numerous muzzle loaders converted, each for the very reasonable sum of £15. The probable reason the design was never fully patented is that it was very similar to a number of others in existence at the time and therefore near impossible to protect
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament