Originally Posted by flylot74
Dear lad, what fine piece you have there! Coul you provide a closer shot of the checkering? Is the left side lock plate wood or is that engraved metal? Who is the gunmaker? Inquiring minds want to know!
I'll see if the photographer can be pestered into taking a few more...
It's a late 18th/early 19th century fowling-piece - smooth-bored, very long, narrow barrel, short fore-end on the stock. Oddly, there's a primitive diopter-type back sight, which contradicts the use as a fowling gun, which would, of course, be shot in the same manner as a modern shotgun. It might have been intended for hunting water-birds, say duck or wading birds, which can be shot sitting, and can actually be aimed at. The side plate is just a screw throught the left side of the stock, as is often the case with late flintlocks and early percussions. There are no markings whatsoever, but the quality of the hardware is fairly high.
Originally Posted by LabelKing
The entire wooden piece looks like it was carved in China as the style is typical of the Chinese taste for Western ornament. It appears a late 19th century piece? A very lovely piece of work.
I think your theory is right - the wood does look like rosewood, and the inlaid and carved decoration is without doubt Chinese. The buttplate and trigger-guard/grip is bronze, which makes me think it was made in China as well. I'd say the age is around 1800, judging from the type of lock, barrel and other European hardware.
Originally Posted by Toiletduck
LS - no problem
Wow. that is a beautiful piece of work, perhaps in a few years I shall start looking at purchasing expensive artwork (once I can afford heheh)
These guns are surprisingly cheap - say $1.000 to 2.000. (Few people collect these types.) A Chinese buyer might be willing to pay a bit more for the Chinese aspect, of course.