.80 caliber, 64 inches" barrel, no S/N. Unique and superb monumental silver-mounted English flintlock wildfowling gun by the renowned maker Henry Nock with gold inlays and splendid hallmarked silver mounts. The most splendid and beautiful long silver mounted flintlock wildfowling gun known. Overall length is an astounding 80 inches. Despite its great size Henry Nock lavished all his considerable skill in making this gun a museum exhibit in itself. The relatively plain oversize stepped and bolted lock is deeply struck with H. Nock in a gold poincon. All small parts appear to be original. The incredible more than 5-foot-long barrel has nearly all of a period glossy English Damascus brown finish with H. Nock. London in a gold riband as well as gold flourishes and H. Nock in a gold poincon on the breech. The beautiful silver mounts are fully hallmarked on the finely engraved triggerguard has classic English pineapple finial. This incredible tour de force of the gunmakers art has four silver ramrod pipes and silver collars where the forend is pieced as is found on many of the finest English flintlock guns for ease of dismounting which was particularly necessary on this large gun.
Provenance:Dr Frank Miller Col
The figured, dark walnut full stock is finely checkered at the wrist. The gun retains its original horn tipped ramrod and the stock is in fine condition throughout with only minor marks. Despite its great length the gun handles well and was doubtless used by an Englishman of rank. This silver mounted fowler is a genuine museum piece and belongs either in an advanced collection of English flintlocks or an institution. In the words of the immortal dealer, Norm Flayderman, this is a “Showstopper!”
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