A Mint, Fine & Rare Flintlock Target Rifle by Fenton of London. 46” overall, 30” 18 bore heavy octagonal barrel with 10 groove rifling, windage adjustable fore sight. Signed ‘R. Fenton London’ on flat. Breech with platinum line and deeply engraved. Stock mounted with an adjustable orthoptic sight. The finely made bolted lock with push on safety, French cock, fully waterproof pan, roller bearing frizzen, with platinum touch hole. Steel scroll trigger guard with pineapple finial. Figured walnut stock with patch box engraved with a coat of arms and initials ‘JG’, finely chequered at wrist. Silver barrel key escutcheons and fore-end cap. Two sling swivels and brass tipped ramrod.
A rifle of the highest possible quality made by London’s best rifle maker, in mint condition.
Richard Fenton is recorded at 19 Shoemaker Row, Blackfriars from 1792 to 1815. In 1808 he devised improved rifle sights incorporating a platinum strip. He was a member of the Duke of Cumberland Sharpshooters who won a gold medal in 1810.