The First of Four Woodward and Foster Guns: A fine Birmingham-proofed 13-bore, double-barrelled, Sporting Gun #132, ca. 1835.

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The First of Four Woodward and Foster Guns: A fine Birmingham-proofed 13-bore, double-barrelled, Sporting Gun #132, ca. 1835, with re-browned 30in. Damascus barrels with good bores, signed 'WOODWARD & FOSTER, PATENT GUNMAKERS, DONCASTER' (refreshed), engraved band and gold line at breech (some cleaning and mild pitting), the rib-end inlaid with an engraved gold pheasant, fully scroll engraved top-tang, borderline and acanthus scroll engraved bar-action locks signed on an engraved stone tablet 'WOODWARD & FOSTER' beneath the branches of an ancient oak together with a bolting rabbit, the right side with a similar signature with two pheasants, scroll engraved slab-sided dolphin headed hammers with some corrosion of the hidden surfaces, walnut half-stock with chequered grip, silver clipped-corner rectangular escutcheon monogrammed 'H.B.' beneath a wreathed goat's head, iron scroll engraved heel-plate (some refreshment), iron trigger-guard tang, the bow engraved with a hunting dog (refreshed), the finial engraved with a partridge, engraved ramrod throat and two ramrod thimbles with rolled ends, replacement wood ramrod. Overall a fine gun, with extremely fine barrels and peerless quality locks inside and out, that has seen quite a bit of use but no abuse.