A FINE 22-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN, SIGNED LEGROS À PARIS, no visible serial number,
circa 1800 with later conversion to percussion from flintlock, probably by the maker, blued 30in. barrels, the top of the left hand barrel signed in large gold-filled script 'LEGROS', the right barrel 'A PARIS' in a similar script, gold band at muzzle, white-metal blade fore-sight bisected lengthways by a gilt arrow device inlet to the rib, deeply struck oval French proof marks of a crown over 'HR' to both breech-blocks, engraved brushed bright top-tang featuring a depiction of a harpy and a portrait of a male within the carved sighting groove, engraved drum and nipple conversions, the radiused bevel edged locks engraved with partial borders of tulips and featuring an eagle above a recumbent rabbit on the left lock-tail and a lion on the right, both locks signed 'LEGROS A PARIS' below a floral flourish and retaining the rear half of the pan drains as fences, carved and engraved hammers featuring male portraits within a running vine of tulip flowers, finely chequered walnut half-stock carved with floral decoration around the top-tang and a realistic depiction of a wild boar's head to the base of the grip, raised cheek-piece with gadrooned border, engraved iron furniture, the capped heel-plate featuring masks of wild beasts blowing hunting horns, the pillared trigger-guard bow with a hunter and his dog within a woodland setting and a vase finial, a further eagle and stag engraved to the complex fore-end cap, turned ramrod thimbles and probable original worm-ended ramrod with gilded tip, fitted with iron swivels.
Provenance: Legros was a well known gunmaker before, during and after the Napoleonic period, specialising in sporting arms for royalty and high status customers
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