This mid 19th century French shotgun has Damascus barrels with a bead front sight, "Canon" (upper left) and "Tordu" (upper right) in ornate script in silver inlay, "Merley Fraisse" in scrip on the rib, "20" and a proof on the left barrel at the breech, "270" on the bottom of the rib, and "FILS LONDON" and "TORDU" on the underside at the breech. The locks feature scenes of a dog hunting birds along with scroll engraving. The left lock has "Louis" at the tail while the right has "a Marseille." The ramrod pipes, trigger guard, wrist escutcheon, and buttplate are silver with hallmarks located on the trigger guard finial and butt, and the ornate guard features a covey of birds. The half-length stock has a smooth forend, checkered wrist with relief carved scroll borders, and attractive grain and figure.
Fine with 40% original brown finish and light twist patterns along the barrels and dark patina on the balance, some minor oxidation/pitting, silver-gray patina on the locks and other steel, attractive dark aged patina on the silver furniture and barrel inlays, and generally minor overall wear. The stock is also fine and has crisp checkering and carving with minor spots of handling wear, some spots of wear in the glossy finish, and some general minor dings and light scratches. Mechanically fine.
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