When Georg Ludwig, prince elector of Hanover, was crowned George I, King of Great Britain and Ireland in 1714, he became the first of five successive monarchs to rule both Kingdoms. This pair of shotguns were made by the Hanoverian court gunmaker Carl Daniel Tanner, probably in circa 1829, for George IV (reigned 1820-1830), George I’s great, great grandson. Forming part of the Hanoverian Royal Gewehrkammer, these guns were kept at the main residence at Blankenburg, a renaissance castle in the Harz mountains, until the threat of the advancing Red Army forced the family to move to Schloss Marienburg in 1945, the extensive collections allegedly being moved by the British army. With browned twist Damascus barrels inlaid with two gold bands at the breech end and with concave rib fitted with a bead front sight. The barrels and rib signed “C.D. TANNER./KONIGL-HOF-RUSTMEISTER/IN HANNOVER”. Casehardened breeches inlaid with further double gold lines, the rib section finely engraved with a woodcock in flight. The flanks of the breeches and barrels bolstered and engraved with scrollwork terminating in a grotesque boar’s head with gold inlaid eye, tongue and teeth. Standing breech profusely engraved with scrollwork and with sighting groove. Sidelocks respectively signed “TANNER” and “HANNOVER” in elaborate gold inlaid Gothic script, the tails of each lock finely engraved with scrollwork and a differing game scene involving a game bird and a hunting dog heightened with gold. Each lock features a pivoting safety catch in front of the scroll engraved hammer, the nose of each hammer chiseled as a monster’s head again heightened with gold accents. Scroll engraved iron furniture including pistol grip trigger guard and buttplate, the former engraved with a further woodland game scene involving a dog and birds, the latter marked with the serial number “756” and the rack number “No. 24”. Figured walnut half length stock with raised cheek piece and checkered grip, a gold escutcheon is inset at the wrist engraved with the crowned “GR IV” cypher. Sling mounts are fitted to the trigger plate and central ramrod pipe, and with original brass mounted ramrod with iron worm.
Very good. The barrels retain most of the rebrowned finish, scattered light pitting throughout, gold signature without loss. The breeches, standing breech, locks and furniture all have crisp engraving with fine gold detailing and some traces of original finish. Stock in good condition with some scattered storage and handling marks and bruising. Mechanically excellent with little evidence of use.
Of similar form to “A”. The butt plate serial numbered “757” and with rack number “No. 25”.
In similar condition to “A”, slightly more evidence of light surface corrosion, rear sling mount corroded. Mechanically very good with some corrosion marking in the bores.
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