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Lot 505: Engraved Thornton & Sons Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun

Very Fine Engraved Thornton & Sons Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun with Case

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 505: Engraved Thornton & Sons Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun

Very Fine Engraved Thornton & Sons Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun with Case

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500
Price Realized:

Very Fine Engraved Thornton & Sons Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: English
Model: Side By Side
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 14
Barrel: 28 3/4 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 560
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 318
Class: Antique
Description:

Dating to the third quarter of the 19th century, with browned Damascus barrels with concave rib fitted with a bead front sight and signed “THORNTON & SONS. LONDON”. Casehardened patent breeches each engraved with a narrow band of stylized running foliage and fitted with a pierced platinum plug, the rib section engraved with scrollwork and inlaid with two gold lines. The underside of the barrels marked “STUB DAMASCUS” and with Birmingham proof marks, stamped “H. HART GUN MAKER BIRMINGHAM” and most unusually with powder and shot load data. This data reads between the two barrels as follows "Excellent shooting qualities with Drams of powder & ounce of shots", these marks go on to list powder/shot charges beginning with 2 1/2 drams of powder with 1 ounce of hot through to 3 1/2 drams of powder with 1 1/4 ounces of shot. Casehardened grooved standing breech, bar-in-wood side locks and furniture including trigger plate with large pineapple finial all with fine border and scroll engraving. The locks are each signed “THORNTON & SONS”. Well-figured walnut straight hand half-length stock with checkered grip and forearm, the wrist inset with a blank silver shield shaped initial escutcheon. Brass mounted ramrod with worm. In brass bound fitted mahogany case lined in green baize with some accessories, including Hawksley powder flask, a leather shot flask, an Eley Bros. cap tin and a key for the case. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrels retain 97% strong original browned finish with crisp signature. The breeches, standing breech and locks retain 90% plus original casehardened finish with fading on the right lock. The furniture retains 40-50% original casehardened finish; the finish is stronger on the trigger plate and buttplate. The engraving remains crisp throughout. There is a patch of pitting on the trigger guard bow. Stock has an attractive figure and remains in excellent condition with the occasional scattered age related storage and handling blemish. Checkering is well-defined. Mechanically excellent. The case exterior is very good and has some and storage related wear, including some cracks. The case interior has been renovated and is in excellent condition. Accessories generally in good condition.



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