The Fourth of Four Woodward and Foster Guns: An extremely rare breech-loading, Tap-Action, Birmingham-proved 70-bore park-rifle, converted from muzzle-loading, ca.1850, and without a serial number.

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The Fourth of Four Woodward and Foster Guns: An extremely rare breech-loading, Tap-Action, Birmingham-proved 70-bore park-rifle, converted from muzzle-loading, ca.1850, and without a serial number. The browned twist-iron multi-grooved rifled octagonal tapering 30 1/2 barrel signed 'GUN MAKERS DONCASTER', dove-tailed blade fore-sight, dove-tailed standing-notch rear-sight, color-hardened breech-block with rotating engraved drum tap with color-hardened folding lever, twin gold bands and engraved 'PATENT', fan and scroll engraved top-tang, border and acanthus scroll engraved back-action lock signed 'WOODWARD & CO', scroll engraved slab-sided dolphin headed hammer, rare checkered Birds-eye Maple half-stock adapted for the conversion. Silver oval escutcheon to the wrist engraved as the first, iron heel-plate, the top-spur engraved with a pointer and game-bird (some blue remaining), blued trigger-guard tang and border and scroll engraved bow, turned ramrod throat and two plain ramrod thimbles, complete with its original brass mounted ebony ramrod, the whole with a good amount of color and finish. All the original parts for reconversion back to muzzle-loading remain with the gun. (Please note: A small loss to wood forwards of loading tap shows in many of the photos, however this was repaired by LDA after the photo shoot and the result can be seen in the final photo in the set)