Gabriel Bayer

A percussion shotgun of Gabriel Bayer, German/Bohemian (?), circa 1840.

Two-stage Damascus barrel, octagonal then round after a cut baluster, with smooth bore in 15 mm calibre.

Silver and gold-inlaid vine work above the breech with horsemen and falcons, and a silver-filled "GB" mark on the tang.

Engraved percussion lock with the signature, "Gabriel Bayer". Walnut half stock with a horn nose cap, chequered small of the stock and a carved eagle head on the underside of the butt stock. Capucine styles trigger guard and smooth brass furniture.

Wooden ramrod with horn tip.

Length 126.5 cm.