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EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HIGH CONDITION PATRICK MULLIN 8 BORE PERCUSSION WATERFOWLER. SN NSN. Cal. .821 Bore diameter at muzzles. Beautifully patterned 34″ Damascus bbls are engraved “P. Mullin New York” on broad, raised, concave rib. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with London black powder proofs for 9 bore, and with “PM”. Original variegated ebony ramrod with large brass tulip head, and tail, most likely with worm (cap will not unscrew easily), is held by two plain pipes. Case hardened patent breeches have vented platinum blow-outs. Hooks are stamped “2” and “PM”. Case hardened breech iron has high integral fences. Large bar action locks have tall, flat-faced, chamfered, serpentine hammers, and are engraved “P. Mullin”. Light colored, nicely fiddle figured European walnut straight grip stock measures 13-7/8″ over steel buttplate with long top tang. Case hardened steel trigger plate has urn type finial, which matches thimble. Stock attaches to bbl with single side nail through engraved steel escutcheons. There is coarse, but well executed, point pattern wraparound checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a vacant silver shield behind breech iron tang. The quality of this gun is very high, but its embellishment is very restrained, consisting of only line borders with some minor scroll flourishes, and cleanly engraved floral screwheads. This plainness of finish is typical of guns by Patrick Mullin and his brother John, who left Ireland to build superlative British type guns in New York. Wall thickness: left -.045, right -.043. Drop at heel: 2-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 11 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Waterfowl guns are generally found in poor condition as they were subjected to harsh conditions, often in salty environments. This particularly fine specimen retains nearly all of its orig fine quality brown, giving excellent definition to Damascus pattern, with only a few minor rubs and scratches, and some dulling of finish at normal carry point. Patent breeches, breech iron, locks and hammers retain essentially all of their fine orig case hardening color, with only some minor discoloration, mostly on right lockplate. Trigger plate and trigger guard are also excellent, with trigger guard graying at grip. Buttplate has traces of orig color, but is mostly silver to gray. Stock finish is original and exceptional, with only a few minor marks, mostly on butt, with a piece cracked and well repaired on right side of fore piece above escutcheon. Bores are pristine, with only some slight discoloration toward muzzles. Locks are crisp. Gun is possibly unfired. 4-49005 MGM66 (9,000-13,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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