A Very Rare English Breech Loading Flintlock Rifle by William Turvey. 49 ½” overall, 34” 10 bore rifled barrel with 12 grooves, top flat engraved ‘W. Turvey London’, London Gunmakers Company Proofs and barrelsmith’s stamp of ‘W. Turvey’. Screw barrel plug at the breech forming a rear sight, folding peep aperture sight. Chiselled tang and carved shell, the rounded lock engraved ‘W Turvey’, swan necked cock and spoon shaped pan. Finely figured & Patinated walnut full stock with three brass ramrod pipes, trigger guard engraved with rosette, pierced rococo side plate, crested cartouche, (Leopards head and neck), butt plate engraved with a shell & swags. Original worm tipped ramrod.
Very rare gun in original sleepy, small losses to stock around lock.
William Turvey, son of Edward , was admitted freeman of the Gunmakers' Company in 1711 and was Master in 1733. His widow, Sarah, continued his business after his death in 1741. The Turveys were among the best London gunmakers of the first half of the 18th century
The collection of C. W. Briggs (1906-1971)