This is a lovely double rifle by the famous Scottish maker John Dickson & Sons. Cased with accessories in great original condition.
John Dickson was born in Canongate, Edinburgh in 1794, the son of John Dickson and Margaret Henderson.
In 1806, at the age of 12, he was apprenticed to James Wallace, the great gunmaker who had premises on the High Street in the ‘Old Town’. Wallace made guns of the highest quality and also on the Forsythe detonating principle and was appointed sole manufacturer of these for Scotland.
Along with Wallace’s contemporaries, Francis Innes and John Thompson [Gunmaker to His Majesty], young John Dickson was working under some of the great gun making innovators of their time.
The listings of Gunmakers for 1840 show John Dickson & Son at 60 Princes Street.
John (II) married in 1842 and had nine children. The two eldest boys, John (III) and Peter, were apprenticed to their father and both became Gunmakers.
In 1848 came the move to 63 Princes Street, perhaps the best known address for Dicksons with the lion in the window.
It is rare to find a cased double rifle in this condition. All the accessories seem to be original other than the belted ball mould which I think may have been replaced.