A smooth bore shotgun by J.Jamain
Liege, Belgium – circa 1850-1870
Maker: J. Jamain
Mechanism: Blackpowder, Pin-fire
Materials: Steel, wood (Juglans), iron, silver
A fine side-by-side damascus barreled blackpowder shotgun made by J.Jamain in Liege. The stock is made of Junglans, a dark type of walnut combined with steel applications. The trigger guard, cocks, chamber exterior and lever are made of hand engraved steel with a magnificent tight pattern. The side by side barrel is forged in damascus steel, which is a slightly incorrect term and is often called ‘watered steel’. It consists of a steel core on which steel layers were twisted. Afterwards the barrels were etched with a fine brown finish.
The walnut stock bears a silver inlayed shield which was ment for the owners initials. In this case still blank.
The shotgun has a pin-fire system which was commonly used in the mid and second half of the 19th century. It consists of two hammers with a half-cock and full cock mechanism which hammers down on the brass pin which was attached to the cartridge.
Condition: Very good, some minor ware and pitting on the steel and wood. There are some traces of dismantling gained during time. Original brown etched barrel.
Barrel length: 75cm
Total length: 115cm
Marks: EL (Liege) after 1850
Gauge stamp: 17.4
Specifications: 128RP, LB106
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