The Third of Four Woodward and Foster Guns: An absolutely magnificent Birmingham-proofed 14-bore Big Game Rifle #1142, ca. 1847.

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The Third of Four Woodward and Foster Guns: An absolutely magnificent Birmingham-proofed 14-bore Big Game Rifle #1142, ca. 1847,  the superb browned Damascus octagonal multi-grooved rifled 32 1/2in. barrel, with absolutely brilliant bore and breach, signed 'WOODWARD & CO PATENT GUNMAKERS DONCASTER', blued dove-tailed bead fore-sight, blued standing notch rear-sight with three further folding leaves with central platinum lines, scroll engraved and banded color-hardened squared patent breech-block with one gold and one platinum line, platinum vent, color hardened sunburst and fully scroll engraved top-tang, border and acanthus scroll engraved bar-action lock signed 'WOODWARD & CO' (much slightly-faded color remaining), scroll engraved slab-sided hammer with applied flash-guard and rear-mounted sliding safe to the lock-tail, birds-eye maple checkered half-stock (slight damage to left hand rear of fore-end), carved raised cheek-piece, color-hardened hinged circular border and scroll engraved patch-box to rear-right of butt, blued iron heel-plate with long top-spur, oval silver escutcheon engraved as the first, blued iron trigger-guard tang with checkered pistol-grip spur and scroll engraved tip, acanthus border and scroll engraved blued trigger-guard bow, set-trigger, bombe finial, turned ramrod throat and horn fore-end tip, two plain thimbles and heavy mushroom-headed brass tipped mahogany ramrod and large dome-headed sling stud to underside of butt. Overall remaining in virtually mint condition throughout with all the original finish and color and giving no evidence of ever having been used, this extraordinarily rare  rifle stocked in Birds-Eye Maple, is perhaps the finest British percussion Sporting Rifle you would ever have the opportunity to own.