Woodward and Foster, Doncaster, England. Incredibly rare 4-gun casing consisting of two percussion sporting guns and two percussion sporting rifles in a massive two-tiered case with a complete compliment of accessories, ca. 1840 - Price $57,500

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Woodward and Foster, Doncaster, England. Incredibly rare 4-gun casing consisting of two percussion sporting guns and two percussion sporting rifles in a massive two-tiered case with a complete compliment of accessories, ca. 1840. THE FOUR GUNS TOGETHER WITH a large two-tiered mahogany brass-bound storage case, the interior compartmented and lined in turquoise velvet, the lid interior bearing a parchment label for 'Woodward & Foster Patent Gun Makers, Doncaster' (torn, losses), the case containing the four guns and a fine brass six-cavity gang-mould for gun three, a similar gang-mould (both of these rare gang-moulds appearing unused and near mint condition) and the original percussion breech-block for gun four plus various flasks, cap-tins, loading rods and a mallet, the outer lid with circular ring handle and central escutcheon monogrammed 'T.D.', further ring-handle to end of case (defective) and sliding brass locks.

Provenance: This magnificent set would almost certainly have been made for the Bowser family of Doon, near Dunblane, Scotland. 'HB' would be Howard Bowser, born 1825. He went to Glasgow about the year 1847, where he entered partnership with D.Y. Stewart, the inventor of a method of casting iron pipe vertically. The development of this trade, of which Messrs. Stewart & Bowser were considered the pioneers, grew to such an extent that, by the time of Mr. Bowser’s death in 1899 at age seventy-five, the company had formed one of the most important industries of Glasgow, and Mr. Bowser was both well known and highly respected among gas and water engineers throughout the world.

Complete photos and descriptions of the individual guns in this magnificent set will be listed separately and will be found to follow this listing on the “New Antique Firearms” section from the LDA Home Page.