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Lot 1301: Set of Factory Engraved Manton Double Barrel Percussion Shotguns

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Cased Set of Factory Engraved Manton Double Barrel Percussion Shotguns

Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

A) Joseph Manton Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun

Manufacturer: Manton
Model: Side by Side
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 16
Barrel: 31 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 477
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 241
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured circa 1828. The browned Damascus steel barrels with single bead sight on the smooth concave rib marked "JOSEPH MANTON MARY-LE-BONE PARK HOUSE NEW ROAD LONDON" pierced platinum plugs, and floral scroll flourish toward the breech. The locks are both marked "JOSEPH MANTON PATENT" and display beautiful floral scroll engraving which extends to the hammers, both tangs, triggerguard, and the stylized finials. Highly figured stock with multi-point checkering at the straight wrist showing carved flats and a steel buttplate which has been engraved to match on the extended buttplate tang. The guns come in a custom wooden double gun takedown case which hold wads, cards, a shot flask, cleaning tools, and a powder flask for both guns as well as a glass oiler and a wad of tow. Length of pull 14 5/16 inches.

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing a mix of brown and grey patina on the barrels, silver patina on the other metal parts, and light handling evidence. There is a repaired crack running across the underside of the stock through the triggerguard finial; otherwise, the stock is very good with some chipping and well-defined checkering. The case and accessories are very good. Mechanically excellent.



B) John Manton & Son Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun

Manufacturer: Manton
Model: Side by Side
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20
Barrel: 29 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 477
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 241
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured circa 1838. The browned Damascus steel barrels with single bead sight on the smooth concave rib marked "John Manton & Son Dover Street London", pierced and engraved platinum plugs, and floral scroll flourish toward the breech on the rib. The locks are both marked "John Manton & Son/PATENT" and display beautiful floral scroll engraving with small game scenes at the rear, scroll extending to the hammers and the stylized finials. The triggerguard shows a a hunting dog and the lower tang a trio of game birds. Highly figured stock with multi-point checkering at the straight wrist showing carved flats and a steel buttplate which has been engraved to match on the extended buttplate tang. Cased with "A". Length of pull 14 inches.

Rating Definition:

Fine as professionally restored, retaining 99% reapplied blue, casehardened, and brown finishes with minor handling evidence, a few handling marks in the wood, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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