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A single barrel muzzle loading 12 bore percussion shotgun complete with cleaning rod. The shotgun has an octagonal barrel until it reaches the end of the stock when it turns into a conventional round barrel. It has a square fronted trigger guard with a scrolled design and " London " is marked on the top of the breech. " J. Jackson / London " is marked on the lock plate. " NATINI " is lightly marked by hand on one side of the stock. Portions of the stock are lightly chequered and there is a circular nameplate on the top of the stock that has not been engraved. A thin gold coloured band is prominent on top of the breech and there is some fine scrollwork on the lockplate and hammer.
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This shotgun was captured by settler forces at the battle of Mahoetahi on 6 November 1860. Richard Langman, of the Taranaki Rifle Volunteers claimed that he seized the gun after shooting one of the Maori defenders of the position. However ownership was also claimed by J. C Davies who was presented with the shotgun after the battle by bugler George Cooke. In 1908 this ownership dispute was resolved by the presentation of the gun to the Taranaki Volunteers "to be kept as a memento of the battle of Mahoetahi, where the Volunteers so nobly distinguished themselves and assisted to capture the position." An ornate signed certificate, which is also cared for by Puke Ariki, formally records this arrangement.
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