Lot 917: MADE FOR CHARLES GORDONJOHN DICKSON & SON A FINE 4-BORE SINGLE-BARRELLED ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMER ''DUCK GUN'', serial no. 4566,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON
JOHN DICKSON & SON
A FINE 4-BORE SINGLE-BARRELLED ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMER ''DUCK GUN'', serial no. 4566,
36in. black powder only fine damascus barrel, short sight flat engraved ''JOHN DICKSON & SON. 63 PRINCES STREET EDINBURGH'', Jones patent rotary underlever, carved percussion fence and arcaded standing breech, non-rebounding back-action lock, fine acanthus scroll engraving surrounding numerous vignettes of wildfowl, retaining some original colour-hardening, 14 1/2in. highly-figured pistolgrip stock with engraved steel pistolgrip-cap and buttplate, unchequered fore-end with horn finial, weight 13lb. 14oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was completed on the 7th January 1893 for Charles Gordon as a ''4-bore hammer single C.F. Duck Gun, 36in. barrel''.
The year 1893 is noted as being Gordon''s most prolific year for ordering guns - 26 various guns rifles and pistols from Dickson''s alone, accounting for approximately one quarter of their entire production for the year.
Literature: The gun is referenced in Donald Dallas'' book ''Charles Gordon - Magnificent Madness'', page 34