John Dickson & Son, 63 Princes Street, Edinburgh    16 Gauge Single Barrel Flintlock Fowler built for Charles Gordon in 1893

Description: 35" round damascus barrel with wedding-band transition to octagonal breech section, single fine steel front bead sight and scroll engraved casehardened breechplug. 15" length of pull to smooth steel buttplate with extended, engraved top heel flange. Fine scroll engraved, case-colored lock with swept rainproof pan, ventilated pan-cover with roller-bearing frizzen, flat-sided hammer and platinum-lined touch hole. Varnished, figured walnut stock with horn forend tip, crosspin fastener with engraved escutcheons, checkered grip, teardrops, pineapple finial and vacant silver escutcheon. Scroll engraved pistol-grip triggerguard. Brass-tipped ramrod retained under barrel with three pipes. Weight: 6lbs, 3oz. Retaining most all of its original finish and possibly unfired.

Provenance: Delivered to Charles Gordon April 10, 1893. Exhibited at the British Sporting Exhibition at the Imperial Institute, London, January 14-30, 1938 by then-owner W. Kieth Neal, author of The Mantons. Purchased from the Kieth Neal estate by Hallowell & Co in 1995.



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