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FINE HIGH QUALITY DOUBLE FLINTLOCK GAME GUN BY JEROME BLACHON OF THE NOTED FAMILY OF FINE GUN MAKERS IN ST. ETIENNE.

SN NSN. Cal. 20 bore .620 Bore diameter. 36-1/4″ Bbls with octagonal breech sections that transition to 16 sided and then through double bands to round, are gold damascened at breech ends with two-color inlay of crossed cannons, scrolls, and lines. Sunken rib is inlaid “Canon Tordu” (twisted barrels). Silver bead front sight which is set about 6″ back from muzzles, is surrounded by gold damascened sunburst. Bottoms of bbls are mounted with two steel ramrod pipes with turned ends, rear pipe with sling loop. Bottoms of bbls at breech ends are stamped with St. Etienne proofs, “TORDU”, and with makers name “A. Merleu”. Touch holes are unlined. Nicely filed breech iron has line border engraving. High quality locks with inset pans and bridled friction frizzens, have broad frizzen springs with spear finials. Round bodied lockplates have long teats at tails, are line border engraved, and also engraved “Jerome Blachon” on right lock, and “a St. Etienne” on left. (Working in 1783) Round serpentine cocks are nicely filed, as are very high quality lock internals. Relief filed steel furniture consists of classic trigger guard with urn finial, and looped grip arcaded steel buttplate with broad 2-1/2″ top spur, and well filed tailpipe. Nicely tiger fiddle figured dense European walnut stock has deeply fluted comb, nicely carved beads around lockplates with drop points, and fine relief carved acanthus swags with floral highlights around and behind breech iron tang and tailpipe. There is a relief cast silver crest plate at top of grip. Stock mounts to bbls with captive side nail, without escutcheons. Orig baleen ramrod has turned bone head and steel tail with cleaning patch slot. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Cast: Neutral. Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 13-1/2″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls are a chocolate brown patina overall. Damascening is beginning to brown through, and fade somewhat. Locks retain a good deal of their orig bright polish finish, possibly cleaned up many years ago. Furniture is somewhat brown. Stock retains most of what appears to be its orig finish worn through at grip and fore piece from normal hand wear. There is a repaired crack on left side at tip about 4″ long. A lunate shaped piece about 2″ long has been let into right side of comb. Bores are shiny with some scattered pits, very dusty. Locks and frizzens are crisp. This fine survivor from the early years of “shooting flying” would undoubtedly work well today. 50828-1 (6,500-9,000) – Lot 3308

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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