Well, I went looking around and got some comments from other forums:
Quote: It's features looks mixed in time. The Suhler mounts are post 1900 for sure & more than likely post WWI. The triggerguard bow is of the early French type, while the horn grip is found on early German central-fire examples. The adornment of the bolsters resembles that of J.J. Reeb of Bonn. Christian Sturm hung out his gun making shingle in 1849 & I'm not sure how long after WWI that the concern survived. Unquote
Quote: My guess: no later than 1923 and if I had to put in a wild shot in the dark I´d say before 1912. Admittedly, I´m guessing wildly, at least regarding the pre-1912 date.
Please post further pics. Judging from the three posted I´ll have to put on a bib. Your friend the "gent" is a lucky man. I agree with Sans Peur, proof marks will reveal further "facts".
I too believe it´s a double rifle, but theoretically it could be a cape gun, I suppose. Unquote
It was suggested that you take it apart - remove the for arm and take the barrels from the receiver. There should be a variety of markings on the flats. Pictures of those would tell the whole story!!
Hey Road Rat I see you still drop by from time to time.
I just dropped in for a few minutes and saw your post.
lovetosafari would know something about this gun I would guess but I have not heard from him in a long time.I need to call him.