Object Title

Flintlock breech-loading rifle

Flintlock breech-loading rifle



Object Number



Purchased at auction from Sotheby's, New Bond St. London, 12th February 1974, lot.112

Physical Description

Breech-loading, the lock with wave-engraved borders signed RICHD KING. Swan-neck cock, the front of the lockplate protruding to pass the screw-plug aperture and take the front sideplate screw. Frizzle spring replaced. Plain walnut stock without provision for a rammer, the top muzzle end of the fore-stock repaired. Steel mounts, the escutcheon plate engraved with the crest of a lion's gamb erect and erased.
A doubtful feature of this gun is that the stock is holed for pins where as the barrel has slots for pegs. The trigger guard with similarly engraved edging to the lock is connected to a single-thread screwed-plug which is inserted in the barrel in front of the charge. Five turns of the trigger guard release the plug from the barrel which is loaded from underneath. The barrel bears the proofmarks of the Gunmaker's Company of London, the maker's mark (R.K in a rectangle) and the flattened sighting rib is signed RICH D KING LONDINI. There is a two pronged V-cut rear sight and a small bead fore sight. 12 groove rifling


OverallLength1092 mm
BarrelLength718 mm


Serial Number None visible


.70 in


Places England


Illustrated in P. Hawkins, ' Price Guide tp Antique Guns & Pistols, 1973, p.317.
Richard King was made a freeman of the Gunmaker's Company in 1735, his proofpiece and mark being allowed in 1737.