Jover of London
Jover of London.
With thanks to Beth of Amoskeag Auctions, Inc. for permission to post these pics.
The original auction blurb said: ".385 caliber, 36" part round part octagon key fastened barrel with nicely turned rings and engraving at transition. This is a lovely rifle. The modified flintlock is engraved ahead of cocking piece "Jover" and has decorative engraving on and to the rear of the cocking piece. The top of the barrel is engraved "Jover London" and the large iron sideplate features lovely decorative floral and sunburst engraving. The barrel and other iron surfaces all bear a pleasing and smooth even gray patina with all markings clearly legible. The stock is of walnut and remains in superb condition. The stock edges are sharp and crisp and the top of wrist is relief carved with a really wonderfully executed shell motif. The stock retains about 95% original finish overall. The iron triggerguard features a long and slender rear tang with the front tang extending to and encircling the reservoir receptacle. The iron buttplate tang is engraved with a wonderful scene depicting two hanging ducks with flintlock fowler in background. The brass ball is of two piece construction with nicely knurled ring around its circumference. A brass tipped ramrod is present, it appears original in all respects. This is a fabulous gun exhibiting wonderful London style and quality and remaining in a remarkable state of preservation."
Jover & Son and Bate ball reservoir - David Swan Collection.
With thanks to Rod Meek of Anderson & Garland Auctioneers (www.andersonandgarland.com) for permission to post these pics of a gun auctioned in 2015.
"A late 18th Century ball reservoir single shot muzzle loading air rifle, by Jover Son & Bate, .38 cal. the 36in. barrel faintly signed Jover Son & Bate London, complete with steel ramrod and dummy flintlock cocking hammer, copper ball reservoir below, fitted a folding peep sight with walnut stock, 51 3/4in. long overall.
Hammer Price: £1,500.00"