Unmarked 'flintlock' butt reservoir c.1750
Unmarked 'flintlock' butt reservoir - David Swan Collection.
With thanks to Rod Meek of Anderson & Garland Auctioneers ( http://www.andersonandgarland.com) for permission to post these pics of a gun auctioned in 2015.
"An early 19th Century unnamed 'flintlock' muzzle loading single shot air gun, the 32 3/4in. .367 cal. octagonal barrel carved with initials J. G. H. within a cartouche just forward of the breech, fitted dummy lock, double set trigger and ornate brass guard, the brass side plate with small steel tap valve, the air reservoir concealed within the butt and accessed by a screw cap opening to reveal a valve within the butt plate, the full walnut stock decorated with carved floral motifs and shallow cheek piece, ornate moulded brass furniture, complete with ramrod, circa 1820, 47in. overall length.
Flintlock butt reservoir.
This rifle was advertised recently by the Italian auction house Czerny. With thanks to Eberhard for the heads up.
"Lot no. 313 A very scarce flintlock air gun
category: GUNS & RIFLES
dating: 18th Century
description: Smooth, two-stage, 10 mm cal. barrel, octagonal at the first part, slightly engraved at the edges and provided with gilded, brass rear-sight, the second part is round with rings at the edges and brass foresight; big, flintlock engraved with deer and floral motifs, tang with monogram "S"; wooden full stock, slightly engraved and sculpted with floral motifs; brass mounts engraved with figures and floral motifs, the counter-plate is pierced and decorated with lion and snake; turn-off butt with compressed-air magazine.
dimensions: length 123 cm."