A 16 BORE FRENCH SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN BY CLAUDE BERTON-BOURLIER, FOR PRESENTATION TO AN EASTERN POTENTATE, CIRCA 1830
with exceptionally long tapering barrel decorated with a gilt band around the muzzle and formed with a full-length slender groove for sighting, fitted with gold fore-sight on a gilt arrow, four gold lines at the breech, St Etienne proof mark on the left and stamped 'Merlez Duon' beneath, platinum vent, engraved grooved tang, engraved flush-fitting lock signed on a gold-lined oval (rubbed), fitted with 'French' cock, rain proof pan and roller, figured walnut half-stock profusely inlaid with silver wire scrolls, flowers and baskets of fruit, carved with a panel of basket weave at the fore-end and the grip, the latter continuing back to a finely chequered panel and a scroll in the round on the underside of the butt, raised cheek-piece, full silver mounts cast and chased in low relief, comprising solid side-plate decorated with trophies-of-arms, garlands and scrolls, trigger-guard with palmette terminal and a trophy-of-arms on the bow, struck with marks on the rear, butt-plate stamped en suite and with further designs of foliage, rear ramrod-pipe matching the butt-plate tang and five further ramrod-pipes each decorated with foliage and flowers, and original ivory-tipped ramrod with iron worm
171.5 cm; 67 1/2 in barrel
Claude Berton-Bourlier specialised in making high quality weapons for export to the east and is recorded in St Etienne circa 1753-1831.
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