A 14-BORE MIQUELET-LOCK SINGLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN SIGNED GABIOLA, SPAIN, WITH CATALONIAN BUTT, no visible serial number,
circa 1796, with Spanish form octagonal to round slightly swamped 36 1/4in. barrel, carved girdle at intersection with gilt detailing, white-metal spider fore-sight, the octagonal section marked in white-metal inlays across the left-top, top and right-top flats 'FABRICADO EN EYBAR ANO D*I*6' (remainder lost) together with inlet white-metal scrolls, the top-flat deeply struck with Spanish quality marks including fleur de lys and a makers poincon, all with strong traces of gilt fill, engraved top-tang, complex shaped miquelet lock also with gilt makers poincon and with carved, engraved and gilt detailed decoration, squared jaws and ring-topped screw to the cock, squared frizzen, large exposed mainspring with engraved bevelled edge, walnut half-stock of Catalonian form with iron furniture including raised finger spur to the lower tang, carved and moulded white-metal barrel band with retainer moulded in the form of a fish and replacement under-barrel wooden ramrod
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