c1850 Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun by Charles Osborne


A Fine High Quality Percussion Double Barrel Sporting Shotgun with Damascus twist barrels and walnut stock by Charles Osborne of London.
The lock plates are decorated with engraved scrolling and are engraved with the name CHAS. OSBORNE. The calibre of the gun is about a 12 Bore (18.5 mm or 0.73”). The beautiful wood stock is made of bright flamed walnut. The twist steel barrels are decorated in a brown finish, with border and scroll engraved steel mounts. The mechanism is nice and crisp with half and full cock positions on the hammers. One hammer is a period replacement and the decoration is slightly different, but it is not obvious unless carefully inspected. The ramrod is made of wood with a brass cupped end. The small steel corkscrew at the other end is missing. The gun is Birmingham proof marked on the underside and stamped 12 on each barrel. It is in a beautiful clean condition.
Charles Osborne commenced trading under his own name in around 1845 in Lichfield Street, Birmingham but moved by 1855 to Whittall Street, where he remained until 1928 when the business was acquired by the gunmaker Skimin & Wood. He also opened a business in the City of London in 1881, but again moved to near the Houses of Parliament in 1885.
Size: 117 cm (42 1/8 inches)
Weight: 3060 g