.40 caliber, 22" barrel, no S/N. A rare and superb rifled flintlock 7-barrel volley or goose gun by Henry Nock, maker to His Majesty George III, first quarter of the 18th century. This superb and rare gun comes from the renowned collection of English arms formed by Clay P. Bedford, contractor on the Hoover Dam. The stepped signed bolted lock is of the finest English quality throughout, with rainproof pan, roller bearing frizzen, and push-on safety. A swan-neck cock with rudimentary engraving and the beautifully engraved screw has all original small parts. The lock has no replacement parts throughout and is extremely crisp. The barrel cluster retains much of what appears to be the original twist brown and signed in full H. Nock London, gun maker to His Majesty. Breach and tang are superbly engraved, with stand of arms and pure gold line and gold lined touch hole. The iron trigger guard is finely engraved with a seated female lion with characteristic English pineapple finial. The buttplate is engraved with a well-rendered stag. Ramrod pipe with pineapple finial, no sideplate. The finely checkered, highly figured walnut stock is of the finest English quality and has relief cheek piece. Barrel has rear-sight with 2 leaves and silver front sight.
Condition of lock is excellent. Barrel has finish as noted, and some minor pitting, mostly towards the muzzle. Marking mechanically excellent, the trigger guard retains considerable peacock blueing, mostly on bow. Buttplate retains considerable traces of blueing. This volley gun retains its original ramrod with worm. The stock is very fine, with some minor dents, mostly on right side. Altogether a superb and rare piece, with provenance as good as it gets.
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