This long smoothbore hunting gun is signed "IACOP" behind the cock and "KOCH IN WEINN" between the cock and pan, and the barrel has a "I-K" and animal maker's mark. Jacob Koch of Vienna is listed in "Der Neue Stockel" as active c. 1679-1702. The two-stage barrel has a lightly flared muzzle, brass blade front sight, and bands at the transition point. The lock is engraved with birds and scroll patterns. The furniture is brass and has scroll patterns, bestial masks, a figure on the pierced sideplate, coronet on top of the wrist escutcheon which has a male bust and a mask, and a pair of men in a sword duel on the heel. An "HL/57" inventory tag is on the bottom behind the trigger guard. The stock has a horn forend cap nicely shaped tear drop flats, raised relief floral carving around the barrel tang, and nice molding. Provenance: The Tom Lewis Collection
Very good with most of a smooth refinished matte blue on the lock and barrel, aged patina on the furniture, some small cracks and chips on the sideplate, and general mild overall wear. The refinished stock is also very good and some flakes around the furniture, crisp carving, and mild wear. Mechanically fine.
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