JOSEPH MANTON, LONDON
A CASED 16-BORE FLINTLOCK DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING-GUN WITH GRAVITATING STOPS, serial no. 5904,
for 1813, with twist 31 1/2in. barrels, the raised top-rib signed 'JOSEPH MANTON'S NEW IMPROVEMENTS BY HIS MAJESTY'S PATENT' (refreshed), patent water-drains to the breech-end, fully engraved top-tang, border engraved, bevel-edged flat locks (reconverted back from percussion), stepped clipped tails engraved with musical trophies, gravitational operating safes mounted forwards of the cocks with platinum lined weights and slightly obscuring the 'JOSEPH MANTON LONDON' signatures, rainproof pans, relined frizzens, walnut half-stock chequered at the wrist and fitted with a period leather covered cheek-piece, iron furniture and brass-tipped worm-ended ramrod, together with its original case (two plugged holes in lid), relined in green baize and with reproduction trade-label inside lid and complete with lockplates and hammers from the converted percussion locks, a Sykes powder flask, a later cleaning rod and sundry maintenance equipment
Provenance: This shotgun was originally purchased by the Great Great Grandfather of a previous owner, The Rev. E.C Alston of a parish near Boston Lincs. It remained in the same family until being sold to the vendor in 2001. It is mentioned in W Keith Neal and D.H Back's book 'The Mantons: Gunmakers' and the case was actually restored by Back in 1968. The unusual plugged holes in the case lid were down to the Rev Alston being a keen fisherman and previously using the case for storing lugworms!
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