A FINE AND RARE 8-BORE TUBELOCK FOWLING PIECE SIGNED JOSEPH MANTON, serial no. 5969,
for 1813 and converted from flint, with octagonal to sixteen-sided to round 36in. damascus barrel, banded at the intersection and marked 'W.F' on the underside for barrel maker William Fullerd, the breech-block with platinum line and vent and inlet with a white metal poincon signed in raised letters 'JOSEPH MANTON PATENT' together with a crown, applied elongated bead fore-sight, carved raised sighting groove to the fully engraved top-tang, flat clip-tailed borderline and acanthus scroll engraved lock signed 'JOSEPH MANTON PATENT', straight roller-tipped external spring operating the tube clamp, engraved solid hammer with squared and bladed nose, walnut chequered half-stock (repair above and forwards of lock), engraved iron furniture including trophies engraved to both the heel-plate spur and the trigger guard bow, twin barrel keys, horn fore-end tip and brass tipped mahogany ramrod
Provenance: This shotgun is not recorded in either of the Neal & Back Manton books. Interestingly, when Manton was declared bankrupt in 1826, William Fullerd, a barrel forger of 56-57 Compton Street, Clerkenwell was owed the princely sum of £1206/14/1, an absolute fortune in those days. In comparison, Charles Lancaster, another of Manton's favoured barrel makers was only owed £81/11/0
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