With heavy octagonal browned twist sighted barrel signed in full in script along the top flat, silver fore-sight, case-hardened foliate scroll engraved breech with platinum plug, the vent centred on an engraved flower head, foliate scroll engraved tang (retaining screw incomplete) with back-sight, case hardened border engraved detented flat lock with vertical projection, decorated with scrolling foliage and inscribed ‘Jno. Mantons & Son Patent’, foliate scroll engraved dolphin hammer held at half-cock by the blued safety-catch, figured walnut half-stock with spur (chipped) and chequered rounded butt, border engraved blued steel mounts decorated with scrolling foliage and comprising butt-cap and serial numbered spur trigger-guard, blued trigger plate with foliage engraved pineapple shaped finial, blued set trigger, vacant silver escutcheon and barrel bolt escutcheons, dark horn fore-end cap, original brass-tipped ramrod, and much of its original finish, London proof marks.
Christies London, Arms & Armour, 20 November 1974, lot 176.
W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, The Mantons: Gunmakers, 1966, p.122
D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers, The Mantons 1782-1878, 1993, p.63.
Bore: 34 Bore
Barrel Length: 10 Inches (25.4 cm)
Overall Length: 15.5 Inches (39.4 cm)