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It looks like it may have spent some time in India.


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Interesting if rather ornate for the English market. Looking at it the man on horseback in the engraving it looks rather like a U.S. Civil War officer. The gun looks like a Daw's patent action which would indicate an early centrefire circa 1861 or 1863 which may tie in with the Civil War period. Just a thought. Lagopus.....

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Just checked the serial number and that comes out at 1878. Still looks a little like a Daw's but late for that type. Unusual sort of side bolt and hammer block/safe. Any idea of calibre? That might tie it down to where it was intended for. Lagopus.....

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The description is for a Shotgun in the title, but the further description is "rifled, 500 Cal. Express" and this is added on the gun "'CHARGE 4 1/4 DRAMS LENGTH OF CASE 3 INCHES'"

I am not sure if all this fits a Paradox gun. What do you think?

I am reading the serial no. as 4776. Is that correct ?

Maybe Ken is right, it could be for tigers.

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I wonder if it was added later to try to hide damage. There seems to be dings in the black colored parts that don't cross over to what I think is silver inlay. Parts of it seem well done, but it wasn't inletted very cleanly, and it's a sort of clumsy mismatch to the engraving on the metal work. Interesting.

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The filler in the filigree is described as black enamel. I do see it chipped away in a place or two.

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It may(?) be initialed on one of the scrolls at about six o'clock to the horse and rider, or it could be just a smudge. It has a German feel to it like it may have been done in one of the small muzzleloader maker shops. Maybe the rifle is in the US or took a swing through the US.

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Craig, the gun has lots of hints, but no firm answers that I can see. It is in Italy, now. Well cased and quite nice shape.

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Strikes me as a quite ornate repair of a broken stock.

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