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Lot 1304: Two Henry Tatham Water-Proof-Trigger Lock Percussion Shotguns

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Rare and Desirable Royal Pair of Engraved Henry Tatham Jr. “Waterproof Trigger Lock” Double Barrel Percussion Shotguns Made for Ernst August (1771-1851), Prince of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, King of Hanover

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

A) Tatham Shotgun

Manufacturer: English
Model: Percussion
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 16
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 254
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 243
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured c. 1830, these royal guns were made by Henry Tatham Jr. and are engraved with the “24 Pall Mall, London” address which he is recorded at from 1825 until 1834. With signed browned Damascus barrels and engraved casehardened breeches each with platinum line and pierced platinum plug. Trigger plate actions with side hammers fitted to the underside of the stocks, signed within scrolls, incorporating the trigger guards and with German silver borders. Figured walnut semi-pistol grip, half-length stocks with checkered grips and forends. The grips are inset with a silver roundel engraved with a flower head, and the forends have engraved silver caps. The stocks have gilt brass oval initial escutcheons engraved with the crowned royal cypher “EA”. With original brass-tipped ramrods. The barrels are struck with London proof marks.

Rating Definition:

Fine with distinct Damascus twist patterns, mix of fading brown finish and brown patina, and moderate oxidation and pitting on the barrels; 25% plus original case colors, 30% original blue finish on the trigger guard and buttplate, and aged patina on the silver. The stock is also fine and has distinct checkering, some general light dings and scratches throughout, empty rear swivel hole, and minor cracks at the breech. Mechanically fine.



B) Tatham Shotgun

Manufacturer: English
Model: Percussion
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 16
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 254
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 243
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A." Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine with distinct Damascus twist patterns, a mix of fading brown finish and brown patina, and moderate oxidation and pitting on the barrels; faint original case colors, some patches of original blue finish on the trigger guard and buttplate, and aged patina on the silver. The stock is also fine and has distinct checkering, some cracks by the breech, general scattered minor dings and scratches, an empty rear swivel hole, and a splice at the toe. Mechanically fine.



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