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Lot 271: G.H. Daw "Jacob" Percussion Double Rifle for Exploding Bullets

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Very Scarce Cased G.H. Daw "Jacob" Percussion Double Rifle for Exploding Bullets with Extra 12 Gauge Shot Barrels from Charles Ingram

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

Very Scarce Cased G.H. Daw "Jacob" Percussion Double Rifle for Exploding Bullets with Extra 12 Gauge Shot Barrels from Charles Ingram

Manufacturer: English
Model: Percussion
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 32 Bore
Barrel: 29 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1354
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 220
Class: Antique

This cased set from George H. Daw comes with two sets of barrels: one set with four groove rifling for 32 bore (.524 caliber) Jacob winged bullets marked "GEORGE H. DAW 57 THREADNEEDLE ST LONDON" on the rib with London proofs numbered "3833" and featuring a dovetailed bead style blade front sight and notch and folding ladder rear sight with gold sight lines graduated out to 1,000 yards and an extra 12 gauge smoothbore set marked "CHARLES INGRAM 100 UNION ST. GLASGOW" on the rib with London proofs, a bead front sight, and no serial number. Both barrel sets have platinum plugs and include their own ramrod. The Jacob bullet or "rifle shell" designed by Colonel John Jacob of the British Army in India and uses a flat based elongated bullet with four wings that fit into the grooves of the rifling. The bullet is also designed with a cavity in the tip and can be used either as a hollow bullet or with a tube of mercury fulminate as an exploding bullet to target enemy artillery caissons. Jacob had his rifles built as double rifles rather than the usual single barrel rifles usually issued to marksmen. A well-built rifle firing Jacob bullets could hit a target accurately at over a thousand yards in trained hands. This gun was built as a gentleman's sporting rifle by George H. Daw for hunting large and dangerous game, especially elephants and rhinoceros. Daw bullet molds for rifled set are included in the case, including a mold for hollow bullets/exploding bullets and instructions for casting them. The case also contains several bullets, fulminate tubes, a brass cleaning rod, cap tin, and additional accessories. The locks are signed "G. H. DAW" and have sliding safeties ahead of the hammers. The locks and furniture also have light border and floral engraving as does the furniture. The wrist escutcheon is silver, and "3833" is stamped on the bottom of the butt by the rear sling eye. The stock also has a checkered forend and wrist and shallow cheek rest. Provenance: Firearms for Freedom Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine with 50% original brown finish on each of the barrel sets along with distinct Damascus patterns, strong case colors in the protected areas, mostly faded "smoky" case colors on the exposed surfaces, and mild overall wear. The reoiled stock is also fine and has generally crisp checkering, some scrapes and dings, minor hairline crack in the butt near the toe, a few small chips, and mild overall wear. The case and accessories are very good and have age and storage related wear.

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