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M. Icard Swivel Espingole

1.25" bore, 22.25" two-stage pinned barrel with canon muzzle, no S/N. Bronze barrel, brass lockplate and furniture, iron small parts, walnut stock, weighs 35 pounds. Barrel stamped three times: M. ICARD N - YORK. Brass lockplate marked in same fashion, but in two lines. 7.5" flat lockplate with teat at rear, with unfenced, faceted, bridled iron pan and flat, slightly beveled reinforced iron cock. Lock re-purposed with old mounting screw holes filled, secured by only a single transverse screw through the stock and a small brass wood screw at the front of the plate. Lock with old brazed repair where the front part broke or cracked just forward of the pan. Heavy brass furniture, no buttplate, rusted and pitted iron swivel yoke is period, but not original to the gun. Modern replacement wood rammer with wood tip. This gun was formerly in the Norm Flayderman collection for many years, and at least one photo is known with him holding the gun. This M. ICARD espingole is pictured in a line drawing and referenced on page 116 of Gilkerson's Boarders Away II, and is also referenced in other standard texts on small arms of the era, including Rankin's Small Arms of the Sea Service (p134) and Reilly's US Martial Flintlocks (p241).

Provenance:ex-Norm Flayderman collection

Condition:

Good. Barrel with thick greenish, uncleaned patina. Iron parts deeply oxidized with some pitting. Mechanically functional, dark, dirty, oxidized bore. Stock with bumps, dings and wear, especially around the swivel mount. Also showing some minor chipping and scattered grain cracks, mostly in the butt. Ramrod cracking and splitting, leaving the tip loose.

Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$8,813
09/12/2018

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