October 30, 2019 The Collection of Steve & Marcy Hench
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This fine mid-8th century fowler was made by William Bailes in London. Bailes died in the 1750's and is known as the father of the side-by-side shotgun. The twin-steel barrels are separated by a concave rib and both are swamped at the muzzles, hooked breeches and gold-lined touch-holes. Tops of both breeches show a gold rampant lion proof and are inscribed "Bailes", bottoms of both stamped with London view and proof marks, as well as crown over "F", indicating that Bailes was a foreigner to the Gunmaker's Guild. Flat lockplates both inscribed "W. Bailes". Double triggers decorated with two scrolls protruding from backs. Finely engraved brass furniture. Walnut half-stock of plain walnut with ornate symmetrical shell carved in relief behind the barrel tang in the traditional Georgian fashion. Relief panels around lock and sideplate. Complete with original brass-tipped wooden ramrod with original steel worm on tip. CONDITION: Barrels retain a grey lightly pitted surface, bores cleaned but showing some freckling throughout. Locks very good with grey patina. One cock and cock screw are period replacements. Brass retains a dark mustard patina. Stock shows some scattered marks from use and minor splinters absent along forearm. A very high quality and exceptionally early English flintlock side-by-side. PROVENANCE: Originally found by Jim Alexander at an Easton, Maryland duck decoy show, ex. James Chambers.
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Value
Accessories
Barrel Length
32-5/8"
Barrel Wall Thickness
Chamber
Choke
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
FFL Status
Antique
Gauge
12-Bore
Internal Bore Diameter
Length of Pull
13-9/16"
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Model
Paperwork
Provenance
Weight
Serial Number
NSN
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,600.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
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