A 9 bore Indian percussion sporting gun from the Jaipur Armoury
A 9 bore Indian percussion sporting gun from the Jaipur Armoury c 1840. The lock originally made as flintlock for the East India Company is signed THOMSON and dated 1802. The browned barrel is signed P.GIRARD and struck with Jaipur Arsenal stamps JPR/EXR/2655-85 41 S 97 X473 on the octagonal breech. The rosewood fullstock is fitted with 4 pierced brass barrel bands, brass sling swivels and engraved brass mounts. The grip is chequered and the butt inlaid with engraved ivory bands, pellets and stringing. It retains its original steel ramrod. Good age patina.
Barrel length 43¾” (111cms) Overall length 61¼” (155.5cms)
James Thomson received his first payment for muskets supplied to the E.I.C. in March 1789, mentioned in the Bengal report of 1807, and occupied premises at Swan Street, Minories, London whilst working as an EIC contractor. Stockel records 5 members of the Girard family of gunsmiths from St. Etienne, each with the forename Pierre, and all recorded between 1674 and 1751