This magnificent wildfowling gun features a tapering round blued barrel engraved “J & W. TOLLEY. GUNMAKER TO HM SHAH OF PERSIA. HM THE KING OF PORTUGAL. 18. LOVEDAY STREET, BIRMINGHAM AND 69. NEW BOND STREET, LONDON” and with bead front sight, notch rear sight, short sighting flat at the breech end finely engraved with scrollwork, and struck with Birmingham “Not For Ball” black powder proof marks (in use 1875-1887). Border and scroll engraved action with carved percussion fence and non-rebounding back action lock engraved “J&W. TOLLEY”. Finely figured 15 1/2 inch pistol grip stock including spacer and orange rubber heel plate, the grip and forearm checkered. The forearm with large dark cap, the butt with blank silver shield shaped initial escutcheon on the underside and iron sling eye, the corresponding sling eye mounted beneath the barrel. Weight 14 lbs. 10 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Extremely fine. This fine English duck gun has been professionally restored to an extremely high standard and retains nearly all its renewed finish. The engraving is crisp throughout, the blued finish to the barrel is a deep color, and the casehardened finish is bright with bold patterns. There are corrosion spots beneath the barrel finish running beneath the edges of the forearm wood. The gun has been restocked with a magnificent stock blank and has been finished and fitted to a very high standard. The “Tolley” name and details have been added at the same time as the gun was restored. Mechanically excellent. A rare opportunity to acquire a 140 year old wildfowling gun in “as new” condition!
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