I’ve been obsessed with SxSs and OUs for more than two decades now. In that time, I’ve only seen one other sidelock SxS shotgun by R.G. Owen.
According to the dealer selling this one: Bob Owen was born in Wales in 1884 and his father was a stockmaker at Greener. It was the early 1920’s when he advertised Springfield remodeling and gunstocking from his Sauquoit, N. Y. address. By the mid 20’s his custom rifles were some of the most expensive made in America. In 1931 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and by 1935 he was the head of Winchester’s custom department and was involved with the development of the M1 carbine. He made a try-stock for the Model 21 and helped fit people at Abercrombie & Fitch on weekends. He passed away in December of 1959.
R. G. OWEN 20 BEST ENGLISH SIDELOCK ENGRAVED by KORNBRATH- 2 Bbl. 27 & 28″ CHOPPER LUMP- BEST CHILTON LOCKS- ABOUT 1928- 90% ORIG. CASE COLORS: #4001, R. G. Owen (Robert Griffith), Sauquoit, N. Y.: A Superb 20 Bore 2 Barrel Best English Sidelock Ejector with Excellent Rose & Scroll Engraving that was done by Rudolph J. Kornbrath, Kornbrath engraved it in an identical Pre-War Woodward pattern plus it has the Woodward pattern arcaded fences, It has best Chilton Locks, Finished about 1928, Both barrels are Chopper Lump, Hidden third bite with a rib extension; The 27″ barrels at .617 .007 & .013″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), Original 2 3/4″; The 28″ barrels at .624 .012 & .030″ (Mod. & Full), Original 2 3/4″, Single non-selective trigger, It has a spare Miller trigger that is marked accordingly, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8″ over a 1″ pad, Neutral stock for the right or left hand, 6 lbs. 6 oz. with either barrel set, Excellent European walnut with excellent black/brown contrast, 98% coverage of excellent Kornbrath engraving in a pre-war Woodward pattern, The original case colors remain at 90%, The original barrel blue is at 98% on both barrel sets, The original stock finish remains an honest 98%, The checkering is 100%, The bores remain as new on both sets, This piece is smack on the face with excellent bite remaining. This piece points great with these stock dimensions. The whole is cased in a leather trunk with brass corners. This is flat-out one nice lightweight English sidelock with Kornbrath engraving, Chilton locks, chopper lump barrels, third bite, excellent wood plus it remains in overall 95% condition. Price: $19,400