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Three-Barrel Tap Action with Folding Bayonet by John Gardner

.40 caliber, 2.8125" barrels, no S/N. Bright finish, brass frame, smooth wood grip. Reverse of frame engraved with a panoply of arms and with the maker's name Jno Gardner. Obverse of frame similarly engraved and with the location NEWCASTLE. Proofs and makers' marks under frame, concealed by bayonet. Box lock, tap lock flint action with sliding pan locking safety and vent controlling barrel selector on left of frame. Snap bayonet under barrels, released by triggerguard. John Gardner worked in Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland from ca 1797-1837 (Bailey).

Condition:

Very good. Barrels a mottled and oxidized brown and gray patina. Brass with a golden patina. Mechanically functional, safety does not lock the pan. Snap bayonet does not lock into place when deployed due to damaged locking spring. Bores good but oxidized, grip with scattered bumps and dings.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,938
05/01/2019

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