Dot che­quer­ing

Shooting Gazette - - A dog’s life -

When­ever che­quer­ing first ap­peared around the 1770s, it tended to be large and square. It was of­ten coarse, too, with the che­quer­ing lines de­lib­er­ately over­run­ning the squares. Such che­quer­ing is known a “square che­quer­ing” and im­me­di­ately gives a late 18th-cen­tury look to a gun.

The squares were of­ten so big that they were in­filled with a sin­gle dot to give ex­tra grip. Such dot che­quer­ing cer­tainly looks very hand­some but must have been quite time con­sum­ing to cre­ate, get­ting the dots ex­actly in the cen­tre of the squares.

Some of the bet­ter mak­ers like John Man­ton and Durs Egg went fur­ther than this and inserted four dots. The ac­tual che­quer­ing it­self was far deeper that we are used to to­day but the use of the dots cer­tainly gave a gun or pis­tol a very stylish look.

To­wards the end of the 18th cen­tury, ev­ery­thing on sport­ing guns was re­fined: smaller locks, finer en­grav­ing, and, with this gen­eral trend, che­quer­ing was re­fined as well. The old coarse che­quer­ing with dots dis­ap­peared to be re­placed with the finer, sim­ple di­a­mond pat­tern that we’re all fa­mil­iar with to­day.

A flint­lock sport­ing gun by John Twigg c.1785 with dot che­quer­ing.

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