A RARE 16 BORE D.B. FLINTLOCK COACHING CARBINE BY DURS EGG, CIRCA 1785
with browned twist barrels signed 'D. Egg, London' in gold capital letters on the rib (two very small dents, light wear), fitted with silver fore-sight, inlaid with a gold line at the breeches and with gold-lined vents, stamped with London proof marks beneath and fitted with sliding bayonet secured by a knurled button on a moving collar, the blade of hollowed-triangular section to fit the profile of the ramrod channel, engraved grooved breech tang, signed stepped bevelled locks engraved with border ornament and trophies on the tails, fitted with bevelled cocks decorated with game birds, blued sliding bolt safety-catches, semi-rainproof pans (previously lined in gold), engraved steels with rollers, figured walnut half-stock, 'pineapple' chequered grip, engraved iron mounts comprising trigger-guard with pineapple finial of French form, butt-plate with tang of shaped outline, and fore-end cap decorated with a sunburst, silver barrel bolt escutcheons (the barrel bolt with one small chip, the mounts with small areas of pitting), and iron-tipped ramrod with worm, probably the original
40.5 cm; 16 in barrels
Durs Egg, the son of the gunmaker Leonz, was born in Switzerland in 1748. After a short stay in Paris he came to London and worked for John Twigg at 132 Strand. He was gunmaker to George IV and the Duke of York. He became blind in 1822 and died in 1831. A silver-mounted breech-loading Ferguson rifle by this maker is preserved in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. For a discussion of the Egg family see Blair 1973, pp. 266-299 and 305-353.
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