Joseph Manton, London. Incredibly rare 22-bore, double-barreled, flintlock Sporting Gun, #6538, initially completed in 1815, and cased complete with the original Manton parts for the field conversion to percussion ignition, ca. 1820.  Price: $75,000

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Joseph Manton, London. Incredibly rare 22-bore, double-barreled, flintlock Sporting Gun, #6538, initially completed in 1815, and cased complete with the original Manton parts for the field conversion to percussion ignition, ca. 1820.   Weight: 5 Lbs 12 oz.   Stock Dimensions: 14 5/8”x 1 1/8”x 2 1/8”x straight. Superb 30” rebrowned Damascus barrels with no dents or dings, excellent bores (.599”/.599”) and walls (both .060”-.033”).  Joseph Manton Patent, Platinum-lined, touch holes. Manton Patent Stepped-in, and Inverted, Breeches which allowed for faster ignition in addition to directing rainwater away from the pan and toward a rectangular drain hole in the center  of the breech allowing the water to flow out a hole in the bottom of the trigger plate just in front of the trigger guard bow. The Manton Patent Elevated Top Rib is engraved, “Joseph Manton’s New Improvements by His Majesty’s Patent”.
Absolutely peerless quality locks, also loaded with Manton Patented features:  Cocks, reinforced at the neck; Patent Hammers (frizzen’s); Gravitating Stops, with platinum-inlaid counter weights, to prevent the cock accidently falling during loading with cocks inadvertently left at full cock.  In addition to all these features,  included with the gun are the parts and tools for a rapid field conversion to percussion ignition (can be accomplished in under 2 minutes for each lock), likely added by Manton, ca. 1820. Locks tight and mechanically perfect in every way. Tang screw, side nail, both cock screws, and left frizzen replaced by LDA.
The iron mounts are all nicely engraved in the pattern common to Joe Manton sporting guns of the late flintlock, 1815 -1817, era. The Figured Walnut stock has a repair to the head done by LDA and an old minor repair to the wood just forward of the finial on the trigger plate.  Overall,  the stock is in fine condition showing minimal wear and no abuse.
The whole is cased in an ultra rare original, two-tiered (for a pair of Manton double flintlock sporting guns), Joseph Manton case complete with all period accessories and a proper original Trade Label from the 1815-17 period listing many of the Manton Patent features found on the gun.
This extraordinarily rare gun represents the ultimate development of the British flintlock sporting gun by, arguably, the greatest British Gun maker who ever lived, having all of the best innovations present and in working order on a single firearm by Joseph Manton.
Overall, mechanically perfect and in fine condition throughout with traces of original finish.

Provenance:

Charles Schott Collection
New York Metropolitan Museum Of Art Collection
E. Andrew Mowbray Collection (publisher of Man At Arms magazine)
Lewis Drake Collection