A Rare & Fine Flintlock Wildfowling Gun By Staudenmayer, London.
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54” overall, 38” twist two stage barrel with silver fore-sight & turned girdle, octagonal breech becoming polygonal signed ‘Staudenmayer London’ along the top flat, London proof marks. William Fullerd's barrelsmith's mark and numbered 1732 on underside. Breech engraved 'PATENT' between platinum lines, recessed on one side with raised platinum lined touch hole, foliate scroll engraved tang signed ‘Staudenmayer London’ border engraved serial numbered flat lock decorated with foliate scrolls inhabited by a serpent on the tail, finely formed rainproof pan, & border engraved steel with roller acting on a ramp on the steel-spring, the steel engraved 'Staudenmayer Patent' and with pierced recess fitting over the lip of the pan. Figured half stock with dark horn fore end cap, chequered grip, border engraved steel mounts comprising butt plate decorated en suite with the lock on the heel tang, serial numbered trigger guard with scrolled foliage on the border engraved bow, trigger plate with pineapple finial, vacant silver escutcheon & barrel bolt escutcheons, later horn tipped ramrod. No. 1732 Circa 1820. A very high quality sporting gun by one of the very best gunmakers in very good condition, barrel with old rebrowning and refaced steel.
Provenance The Dr. T. Shaun Brown Collection. See Shaun Brown, 'Samuel Staudenmayer Gun Maker Cockspur Street, London', Arms Collecting, Vol. 40, No. 3 (August 2002), pp. 90-93.
Samuel Henry STAUDENMYER Former apprentice of John Manton. Gunmaker 35 Jermyn Street; 1799; 35 Cockspur Street 1802-1814; 32 Cockspur Street 1814-1825 Business continued up to 1834. Gunmaker to Prince of Wales & Duke of York. Noted maker of rifles and repeating airguns.