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Lot 3262: Wilkison of Edinburgh 16 Bore Double Barrel Flintlock Shotgun

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Rare Scottish Engraved Wilkison of Edinburgh 16 Bore Double Barrel Flintlock Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Rare Scottish Engraved Wilkison of Edinburgh 16 Bore Double Barrel Flintlock Shotgun

Manufacturer: English
Model: Sidelock
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 16 bore
Barrel: 30 3/8 inch
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 703
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 151
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in circa 1820, probably by Anthony Wilkison who is recorded as active in Edinburgh between circa 1786 and 1829. With browned Damascus barrels with concave rib fitted with a silver bead front sight and signed “J. WILKISON EDINBURGH” towards the breech. Recessed breeches each with platinum line, platinum lined touch hole and platinum lined maker's mark naming “WILKISON”, the rib section engraved with a highland cow. Border and scroll engraved standing breech, locks and furniture. The locks each signed “WILKISON” and with pierced cock, rainproof pan, roller and humped frizzen spring. Figured walnut half length stock with checkered grip, blank silver initial escutcheon at the wrist and silver barrel bolt escutcheons. With brass mounted wooden ramrod with worm. Birmingham proof marks.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrels retaining 60% older faded rebrowned finish, some scattered minor spots of surface corrosion throughout, rib signature legible but worn. Breeches with a blued finish, engraving on the rib section clear. Standing breech and locks each with traces of original casehardened finish in sheltered areas or on inner surfaces, the remainder a grey patina, engraving clear, both top jaws and frizzens expert replacements. Stock in good condition with some age wear, bruising and staining throughout, checkering softened, a sliver of wood absent from the left side of the forearm but worn smooth with age and handling. Furniture retaining traces of original finish, engraving mostly clear but with some softening on the trigger guard tang, minor surface corrosion visible to the inner surface of the trigger guard, mostly behind the rear trigger. Mechanically excellent.



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