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Shotgun - Thomas Manly, London, Flintlock, circa 1920s Object Reg. No: ST 021814

Single barrelled shotgun, 16 gauge .656. Twist steel barrel 32 1/2 in. (825 mm) long. Flintlock.

Marked as being made by Joseph Manton, London. However, this gun is believed to be the work of Thomas Manly, a London gunsmith, in the period 1920-1930.
Gold touch hole and breech band. Double necked cock, water tight flash pan with fence, hand hold guard bow, nickel silver foresight. Walnut stock extends to rib under barrel, chequered at grip and tipped with silver at fore end, wooden ramrod with screw end.

Engraved mounts, lock plate bears head of a hunting dog in gold.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: shotguns british, forgeries
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, William Cole Arms Collection, Joseph Manton, Gunmaker, London (1766-1835), William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952)
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: longarms
Inscriptions: Barrel bears a seal inlaid in gold marked "crown/JOSEPH MANTON, PATENT", stamped on lock "JOSEPH MANTON. LONDON", numbered 4625 on barrel (two places) and guard bow.
Maker (Possible): Mr Joseph Manton, London, England, Great Britain
Maker (Probable): Thomas Manly (Gunmaker), London, England, Great Britain, circa 1920s

Manly was known for producing fraudulent examples of the work of noted English gunmaker, Joseph Manton.
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
References: REFER SUNDAY PRESS, MARCH 19, 1989, P. 19

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