A Very Fine Double Barrelled Flintlock 15 Bore Sporting Gun by Theophilus Richards.
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45 ¼” overall, 30” 15 bore barrels with bead foresight, two platinum lines at breech. Barrels with Birmingham proofs on the underside. Florally engraved tang, flat bevelled lockplates engraved with wheat ears and floral scrolls signed ‘Richards’. Pidgeon breasted cocks, fully waterproof pans, roller on frizzen spring, frizzen and cocks engraved with wheat ears. Engraved steel mounts comprising trigger guard with pineapple finial engraved with a musical trophy on bow, ramrod pipe engraved with a pineapple and steel butt plate engraved en suite. Finely figured walnut stock, chequered at wrist. Original ebony, brass tipped ramrod.
A very fine gun in near mint condition, very good bores, metalwork and engraving crisp and bright.
Theophilus Richards: Shops in London and on High Street, Birmingham.
Made flintlock coach and duelling pistols with silver mountings, and brass barrel flintlock blunderbuss with top spring bayonet. Under Royal Government contract made flintlock muskets. 1790-1830