Object Title

Flintlock sporting gun - By Forsyth and Co

Flintlock sporting gun - By Forsyth and Co

Date

about 1815; barrel about 1770

Object Number

XII.1282

Provenance

From the Norton Hall Collection. Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942. Formally in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807 - 1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. This collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather (who died in 1801), Thomas Botfield acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased, with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund, for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death in 1942. The full sum paid for the collection would appear to have been £2,650. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting as attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant-for-life of the property (the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life).

Physical Description

Barrel octagonal at the breech, the top foot engraved BARBAR LONDON, the underside stamped with London proof marks and a Government proof mark. The barrel is secured by a false breech and two slides and has a ramrod rib. Lock engraved with scrolling foliage and with the name of the makers FORSYTH & Co LONDON. Ring-necked cock. Stock with shore fore-end and steel mounts slightly engraved with floral ornament. Trigger-guard with pineapple-type finial. On either side of the dales breech the stock is raised into two shoulders forming a wide sighting-groove. Ramrod missing.

Techniques

Engraved

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength35.25 in.
BarrelLength895 mm
OverallWeight1.55922 kg
OverallWeight3.4375 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.580 in (24 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

makers name
BARBAR LONDON
Breech
Engraved
makers name
FORSYTH & CO LONDON
Lock
Engraved
Proof marks
Governemnt proof marks - ?
Underside barrel
Stamped
Proof marks
London proof marks - ?
Underside barrel
Stamped

Associations

Notes

This gun has almost certainly had an alternative detonator lock, now missing.