Founded in 1998, PAUL M. AMBROSE ANTIQUES specializes in the sale of high quality, original European and American, Antique Guns, Antique firearms and Antique weapons. Created with the customer in mind, it is our duty to provide the customer with the honesty and integrity he deserves. Too often, in today's business world, this is not always the practice. I have been an avid collector of antiques, particularly firearms, for more than twenty-five years; and like all collectors, I expect my purchases to be accurately described and fairly priced. I believe that my business is a reflection of this commitment and I'm sure you will too.

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A VERY RARE & EXCELLENT/MUSEUM CONDITION NAPOLEONIC WAR PERIOD PATTERN 1778 BROWN BESS RAMPART/WALL GUN by “RICHARD WILSON”, Dtd. 1793/4: In overall excellent (Unissued?) original flintlock condition. Sighted and swamped, 54”, pin-fastened, .98 caliber, smoothbore, iron barrel with an “RW” maker’s mark, various Board of Ordnance and East India Co. proof and acceptance marks; and the top of the baluster-turned breech with a finely engraved “WILSON LONDON 1793/4” and with an ”EIC” (East India Company) marking, within a large balloon border. Robust, Regulation Pattern 1778, Brown Bess style, English walnut fullstock of massive proportion with a raised carved beavertail apron, around the barrel-tang and a raised “lobe”, at the ramrod entry-pipe of the forestock. In excellent condition with smooth wooden surfaces, 95% finish, sharp contours and fine carvings, around the lock & sideplate mortise: a clear St. John’s Heart with “EIC” Storekeeper’s mark, on the right side of the buttstock. Full brass hardware of Regulation Pattern 1778 Rampart Gun design (see DeWitt Bailey: “Pattern Dates for British Ordnance Small Arms 1718-1783”, pg. 30 & 55) with three (3) barrel-form ramrod pipes, a shield type wrist escutcheon and the trigger-guard with engraved raised finial with flame tip. The buttplate with a stepped tang the and flat “Shortland-type” sideplate with tail with matching thread-engraved borders and both of its large iron sidebolts. Complete with its original, heavy, iron swivel yolk with is retained by its original cross-bolt. Massive, Pattern 1777 flintlock mechanism with its original, large, flat double-throated hammer and its original rounded frizzen and its teardrop finial frizzen-spring. In excellent condition with choice steel surfaces, 90%+ polish and excellent mechanics with a strong mainspring. Clearly engraved with a large “WILSON” maker’s signature for William Wilson of London, UK who was a noted Gunsmith and Contractor to the Board of Ordnance and to the East India. (For more details, please see H. L. Blackmore’s: Gunmakers of London…”, pg. 204-205, 214 & 215). Also, marked with a bold Crown/1 acceptance-mark, adjacent to the powder pan. The tail of the lock sharply engraved with a 1793/4 Date and with an early East India Company marking of a Quartered Heart & St. John’s Cross with clear “EIC” East India Company markings. In overall excellent condition with sharp metal and wooden surfaces, nearly all of its finish and very clear markings. Excellent barrel with a pleasing and lightly toned, smooth, gunmetal-gray age-patina with clear markings, an excellent touch-hole and a matching bore with virtually no signs of use/wear. The lock, en suite with very clear markings, its original components and 95%+ of its original polish: excellent timing with a very strong mainspring. Excellent stock with 95%+ finish, sharp contours and only the lightest signs of handling. Choice Hardware with smooth brass surfaces, sharp engravings and a nicely toned age patina overall. Retains its original, heavy gauge, flared-tip, iron ramrod. An excellent example of a Very Rare and Large-Size Napoleanic War Period English Flintlock Naval Wall/Rampart-Gun, of the type which was used to defend the Ramparts of Ships and/or fixed Fortifications, on both Land or Sea. (Please see Gilkerson’s: “Boarders Away”, vol. 2, pg.) Complete & Original throughout and in Excellent Museum Condition. Overall length, 72 3/4”, weight approx. 35 lbs. ***For similar examples, please see Warren Moore’s: “Weapons of the American Revolution... And Accoutrements”, pg. 113 and DeWitt Bailey: “Pattern Dates for British Ordnance Small Arms 1718-1783”.

Price: $22,775.00

Paul M. Ambrose
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