W. & C. Scott is one of my favorite English makers. Their guns, especially their early breechloaders, are some of the finest double-barrel shotguns ever made in the UK.
For a good chunks of Scott’s history (especially the 19th century), North America was their major market. Thousands of their guns were sold over here, many through an outfit called William Reid & Sons of Boston, MA. This gun here is a perfect example of the kind of side-by-side shotgun Scott was making, and of how Reid would have outfitted it and presented it to a client.
Made in about 1881, this is a hammerless 10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier in fantastic, all original condition. It is a true, Best-quality gun, and when this one was made, it was Scott’s top-of-the-line shotgun. I’m not sure how much it would have cost, but it was very expensive. A few things about this gun: the engraving is very stylized. I know the birds look a bit kooky; but in the 1880s, that was how they engraved them. Look at how the forend-iron fits into the action — flawless. And check out how the lockplates fit– again, perfect. This gun was handmade and it’s amazing to see how well perfect it is. Compared to most brand new, CNC made guns, it’s far nicer. BTW: If you have a W. & C Scott shotgun and you would like to know more about it, please drop me an email. I would be happy to help you out with it.