Auction alert: Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun …

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

I’ve seen lots of hammer guns. LOTS. But this Tolley is totally new to me. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and it’s being sold at No Reserve. The listing ends tomorrow, 12/16/2018, @ 11:00 PM EST.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

J & W Tolley, Gunmakers, was established around 1859 in Birmingham, England. They opened a shop in London in 1883, and in 1955, the final guns carrying the J & W Tolley name were made.

The double you see here was made early in the company’s history — around 1870 — and it has a couple unique features: the shape of its action and the way the barrels lock onto that action. Take a closer look at the pics to see what I mean.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

BTW: Something else worth mentioning is how great this auction listing is. Not only are there a lot of pics, but the seller gives you a lot of info about the gun, including an outline of the gun’s flaws. A listing like this make me feel a lot better about bidding on this gun. I wish more sellers would follow this example.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun: 1870s era, game-scene & scroll engraved Hammer gun. Established ca. 1859, Tolley gained their excellent reputation building top-shelf big bore shotguns and rifles. 8 lbs. dead-on and built like a tank with heavy duty top lever, back action locks, stout hammers & oversized “Mushroom-cap” firing pins. Has a unique, hidden fastener system that has to be one of the earliest examples of a hidden bite as Purdey’s, (known for 3rd bites) didn’t offer theirs until the late 1880s. Another unique feature is the cut-away “I-Beam” frame which was likely an attempt to shave off weight or to stiffen it up. Never the less, it gives the gun a distinctive look. To top it off, there’s an odd protrusion at the underside of the muzzles – most likely to prevent damage. The Ivory bead is also unusual on a gun from this period. This is a real piece of British gun innovation – we’ve never seen anything like it from any maker. The Game-scene & scroll engraving is top-rate and also unusual for a heavy-duty gun from this era. With sculpted percussion fences, detailed hammer filing, fine Damascus steel barrels, this gun is as distinctive as it is classy.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

EXTERNAL CONDITION: Looks like the gun was stored on a wall as one side is clean and shows quite a bit of original finish whereas the exposed side has what appears to be a light coat of cabin soot. NOTE: An expert cleaning of the duller side would likely reveal some very nice condition. The barrels have nearly all of their original Chocolate brown and fine Damascus pattern – Barrel lettering and proof marks are clear and sharp. The action and balance of metal show no evidence of polishing or buffing – everything is crisp and sharp and mechanically excellent! Barrels are an UN-CUT 28 3/16” (see pic of muzzles). Bores are very shiny with just a few light blemishes scattered throughout and we’d rate them a solid 9.5 / 10. Chambers are 2 ¾” with bores measuring R: .0736 & L:.731 min walls @ .733 / Choked: R: .011 / R: .007. The Horn capped ½ grip stock with “Gentleman’s” dimensions measures 14 ¼” x 2 ¼ x 3 ¼” drop at heel. Don’t snicker at these dimensions – the gun shoulders quite well and the boys back in the day were well known for their high percentages using these measurements. 8 lbs. dead on.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

FLAWS: There’s a small nick on the top outside of the L bbl. a few inches from the muzzles at the 12:00 position that’s barely visible from the inside. There’s also a 1/8” long sliver of wood missing alongside the top-tang (easy fix) and somebody made a small & careful attempt to remove some of the soot from the right side of the stock, but only a small patch – but that’s it. Take a close look at the wood-metal & metal-metal fit and the nearly spotless breech-face showing very little evidence of firing – this gun is tight and crisp! Lock-up is solid, gun is on the face and barrels ring true – no loose ribs! All-in-all, here’s a unique example that’s built like a tank from a well respected Birmingham maker in excellent condition. Sure, it’s had the screws turned a few times, and the bores touched-up, but the overall excellent, lightly used condition and unique design make this an unusual and rare find!

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

Auction alert: Real nice 12g W & C Scott hammer shotgun …

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Back in the ’90s, most hammer guns were curiosities few people were interested in. But thanks to magazines like The Doublegun Journal and organizations like The Vintagers, these old SxSs became the must-have doubles everyone wanted. Old ones that wouldn’t have brought $500 in 1995 were selling for $2,500 by 2005.

As a result, gun dealers grabbed every hammer gun they could find, slapped a high price on it, and made money. So today harder than ever to find nice, original hammer guns at decent prices. That being said, the W & C Scott sidelock SxS hammergun you see here appears to just that – nice, original and, because it’s a no-reserve auction, fairly priced.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

When this gun was made, W & C Scott’s best-quality gun was The Premier Gun. This isn’t a Premier. Instead, it’s a high-quality, hand built, medium-grade gun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends on 8/30/2018 @ 9:31 PM, EST.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Beautiful W&C Scott Sidelock Double that was was manufactured at the Birmingham works in 1878 for retail through Scott’s London storefront. A bespoke piece with features, dimensions and appointments tailored to order, the gun features 30″, twin-beaded, browned Damascus barrels joined by a solid rib, manual extractor, wonderfully figured English Walnut pistol grip stock capped with a checkered buttplate of horn, and embellishment in the form of 70% engraving coverage. Brilliantly performed by one of the era’s finest artists, the engraving consists of classic, English vine-and-scroll highlighted by a Spaniel and Setter on either flank, each dog chasing an egret and a pheasant, respectively. The engraving extends to both the barrel and bolsters, while the blued trigger guard is adorned with a matching game bird. Wonderfully finished and in a remarkable state of preservation, the gun has seen no restoration, refinish or refreshing, with unfaded engraving, vivid Damascus star patterns on the barrel, while the receiver is awash in original case color. A wonderful find for the discriminating enthusiast, this Scott undoubtedly saw regular use followed by intervals of maintenance, likely by the original maker. Appearing ready for the field for decades to come, the gun locks up tightly, exhibits

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

bits superior balance and both bores are pristine. A true classic from a British icon, this all-original early W&C Scott Sidelock would be an outstanding addition to any advanced collection.

 

Condition

Very fine, the gun has seen no refinish, and retains better than 70% naturally softening case color on the frame and hammers, with the areas of selected bluing displaying almost no finish loss apart from subtle fading. The barrels have largely turned to a brown-tinged steel patina with 70% Damascus pattern. There is light oxidation along the outside of the barrels with rubbing around the muzzle-no rust or pitting is present on any metal surface. The markings are correct, with matching numbers on all components and no fading of the engraving. No import or export mark is present and the gun has not been reproved. The furniture shows light, consistent wear to the checkering and no cracks, chips, sanding or refreshing. Mechanically excellent, both bores are on the face, lockup is tight and the action is impressive. The bores are outstanding-clean and bright with no rust, pitting or oxidation.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Good gun alert: 12g Midland boxlock ejector …

 

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

Here’s a double that just may be a fantastic deal.

The Midland Gun Co. was one of the many gunmakers who thrived in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century. They were known for making sound shotguns at affordable prices. And that is just what the one you see here looks like.

From what I can tell from the lousy pics, it looks pretty original. The only thing that worries me is the mention of it being for “2 3/4″ shells only”. Judging by this gun’s weight, I would say it was nitro proofed for 2 1/2″ shells. So before you buy it, you should check that out. Also, be sure to get a 3-day inspection period on it and have a qualified gunsmith check it before closing the deal.

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector ShotgunMidland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector ShotgunPrice: $849.99 

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2.75 in. shells only
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good, shiny but signs of use
Barrels: 28 in.
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Round knob pistol grip, checkered wood
Stock Dimensions:
13.75-14.5 in. LOP
Fore End: Checkered wood
Butt Pad: Checkered wood
Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz
Item Location: Fort Mill, SC

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

See how they prove inside the Birmingham Proof House…

On the face? Birmingham Proof House series, Matthew Brown Photography
On the face? Birmingham Proof House series, Matthew Brown Photography

If you spend any time looking at old English and European guns, “proof” is something you’ll hear about.

In Great Britain and throughout the continent, state-recognized “proof houses” test every new firearm built in, or imported into, that country. Basically, they do this by trying to blow the gun up. If it survives. this process “proves” the shotgun, pistol, or rifle is safe to shoot.

The UK has two proof house: The London Proof House, founded in 1637, and the Birmingham Proof House, founded in 1813. Both are still proofing guns today.

With this series of pics, photographer Matthew Brown takes viewers into the inner workings of the Birmingham house and give us a rare look at one goes on throughout the proofing process.

Auction alert: SxS Webley & Scott Model 700 12 gauge, 28″…

Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28" bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28″ bbls

Here’s the kind of auction I like to see: A great gun, well described, and No Reserve. When the hammer falls, this side-by-side’s new owner will get himself a nice double and an even better deal.

Webely & Scott introduced the M700s in the 1950s. These rugged, reliable SxSs were entry-level shotguns and the company made thousands of them. Each was built on Anson & Deeley-style actions–one of the most reliable shotgun designs ever created–and used just-as-proven Southgate-style ejectors.

This M700 is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 6/19/2016 11:00 PM. It’s being offered at No Reserve, so you could end up getting a heck of deal.

Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28" bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28″ bbls

Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28″ bbls: Pre-war quality, lightweight Game gun with heavy (1 ¼ oz. proofs) and tight chokes. This is a great looking & unusual gun: A 28”, 6 lb. 6 oz. gun with heavy proofs. Barrels in proof: L. .728 R. .728 ChokesL L .039 (Extra full) R .028(Light Full). Classic features include highly figured oil finished wood with fine flat-top checkering, checkered butt, and really nice engraving. Action retains nearly all of its classic British case colors, barrels about 85% of original black with excellent wood & checkering. Has no import marks and appears to be a special order gun given the extra nice engraving and wood. Stock oval has fancy monogram dated 1955. 14 ½” LOP to checkered butt.

Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28" bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28″ bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28" bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28″ bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28" bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28″ bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28" bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28″ bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28" bbls
Lightweight, Mid 50s Webley & Scott Model 700, SxS 12 gauge ejector gun, 28″ bbls

Good gun alert: a 12g William Ford Boxlock Ejector…

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Birmingham, England, used to be one of the world’s largest gunmaking towns. Thousands of people used to be employed by the trade there, and all kinds of makers had shops or factories in and around the city. William Ford was one of these makers.

William Ford rose to prominence in the late 1870s as a barrel maker, and by the 1880s he had his own shop/factory in Birmingham. I’m not sure when the side-by-side you see here was built, but judging by the fluid-steel bbls I’d say it was made in the early 20th century. From what I can see, this double looks like a good deals  – if the gun is in proof and the bbl walls are sound (I like to see .o25″+ as a minimum in each tube). Be sure you find out before you close the deal.

12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: Price: $2,650

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Boxlock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: 0.5 ”
Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad
Drop comb: 1 3/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/4 ”

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Cast amount: 3/16 ”
Cast: OFF
Weight: 6 lbs, 10 oz

Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 28 ”
Chokes: Skeet 1 and 2
Rib type: Concave

Manufactured in: England
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case

Good gun alert: a nice looking 16g Webley & Scott Model 700…

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F

I’ve raved about Webley & Scott’s Model 700 shotguns a bunch of times. Rugged and dependable, the M700 was introduced in the 1950s as an entry-level shotgun and it went of to become one of the most popular side-by-sides ever made. While 12 gauge Model 700s are easy to find, 16 gauges are not. The one you see here is on Gunbroker.com now and the auction ends on 11/16/2014 3:07:58 PM ET.

The Brits were never big fans of 16s. But here in the US, a small number of upland hunters have preferred them. Sixteens tend to weigh less than twelves, and they push more than enough lead to drop any grouse, woodcock, or quail.

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F: Scarce 16 gauge English shotgun by Webley and Scott Birminham England. Gun is 98% original finishes, tight as the day it was made. Nice color case frame and perfect dent free barrels with bright bores. Factory marked 2 3/4 chambers proofed for 3 1/4 tons ejectors are timed and work flawlessly. Wood is a nice grade of English walnut, double triggers 14 1/2 over checkered but. 1 3/8 comb 2 1/8 heal. slight cast for right hand shooter. Auto safety 6lbs-1/4 oz Chokes are .011/.035 both bores are .662.

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Manufacturer:  Webley & Scott
Model:  700-E
Barrel Length:  28 inch
Gauge:  16
Capacity:  2

This week’s good guns: Powered by Gunsinternational.com…

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE
PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE:  #207XXX #1 FRAME 32″ VENT RIB FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER  EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS  8LBS 7 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 7/8 X 14 1/2. Price: $16,500

ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET: Made in 1933 and everything letters. Both sets of barrels are 26″ in length, one set is imp cyl/mod the other is skeet/skeet. Winchester recoil pad. Overall this gun will go 95% on wood and metal. Price: $13,950

ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET:
ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET:
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12's- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702's- ALL- 28" Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12’s- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702’s- ALL- 28″ Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8″

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12’s- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702’s- ALL- 28″ Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8: #143885 & 143886 & 144150, Webley & Scott, Birmingham: A Trio (3 each) of 12 Bore Game Guns in Model 702 Made in 1974 with 28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels, #1 at .730 .012 & .038″ (Imp.Cyl. & Full), 2 3/4″; #2 at .730 .012 & .040″ (Imp.Cyl. & Full), 2 3/4″; #3 at .730 .009 & .031″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″; Standard concave game ribs, Nitro Proved at 3 1/4 tons per square inch, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stocks at 15 1/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/8″ over a 1″ pad, Very slight cast-off for the right hand, All 3 right at 6 lbs. 9 oz., 90% coverage of period scroll engraving, The original barrel blue on all 3 would average out at 88-90%, The 3 average about 90% original bright & vivid case colors, The stock finish comes out at 88%, The checkering overall at 95%, Each gun has a leather cheek face installed for a right hand shooter, Every bore is bright & shiny and in excellent condition but there are a few very minor dings in a couple of the barrels, Each gun is numbered 1 – 3 in Gold on the toplever. These guns belonged to a very Sporting Lady in Spain and were used to shoot driven Red-Legged Partridge in Spain. You can buy all 3 for $5950, or we will sell the #3 gun for $2250. Price: $5,950

L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE
L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE

L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE: sn218189E, Ejectors, Hunter One trigger, 26″bbls, choked sk1 and sk2. Mfg in 1914, one of only 691 manufactured between 1913-1950, and is even more unusual in the straight stock configuration.This gun is in excellent condition and would be a fine collectors piece and /or field gun. It shows light wear, has mirror bores, and the ejectors are in perfect working order. The stock is 141/4″LOP, cast off for the right hand, and is a nicely figured piece of wood with crisp checkering. The action is tight and there are double ivory beads on the barrels. An overall nice piece that will gain value and will be a pleasure to handle. Price: $5,600

Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28"
Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28″

Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28″: Chokes (FULL/EXTRA FULL) barrels, case-colored action with single selective trigger. Prince of Wales pistol grip stock, splinter forend. About 60% of factory case-color hardening remains, minor bluing wear and handling marks in stock. Probably a live pigeon gun, tight bores and heavy barrels.  Built between 1906-1915 . Sold without case. Price: $4,995

 

 

A nice 12g Webley & Scott Model 700 SxS shotgun…

12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry's Fine Guns
12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry’s Fine Guns

New to side-by-sides and looking for a good buy? Then check out this 12g Webley & Scott Model 700 listed at Cherry’s Fine Guns (Scroll down-it’s near the end of the list.)

This twelve gauge is more than enough gun for upland hunting. For pheasants, you can load it up with 1 1/8oz of shot. If you’re after quail or woodcock, you go down to 7/8oz. And on a sporting-clays course, Winchester’ Featherlight rounds should work just fine (if this gun’s 2 3/4″ chambers are original – something to have checked out before you guy the gun.

Webley & Scott introduced the M700 in the 1950s as an entry-level shotgun and it went of to become one of the most popular side-by-sides ever made. Built on an Anson & Deeley-style style action with Southgate ejectors, they’re workhorses that can handle lots of shooting, season after season.

If this one is as nice and original as it looks, the price is very fair.

Webley & Scott Boxlock, 12 Gauge SXS Shotgun: With 28″ Barrels, Choked Imp.Mod/Full, 2 3/4″ Chambers, Barrels Very Clean Inside, 90% Soft Blue, Case Colors 98%, Wood Is 95% Oil Finish, Checkered, Straight Stock, Nonfactory Pad, Double Triggers, Auto Ejectors, Nice Gun. PRICE: $2,500

12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry's Fine Guns
12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry’s Fine Guns
12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry's Fine Guns
12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry’s Fine Guns


Auction alert: a real nice 12g W & C Scott hammergun…

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

Here’s another nice double barrel shotgun coming up tomorrow, 3/8, @ Poulin’s auction. It’s a W. & C Scott, with a ton of original condition and — amazingly — its original hang tag and case. W. & C Scott was founded in 1840 by brothers William & Charles, and their company went on to become one of the most important gunmakers in the world. In 1897, the firm merged with P. Webley to form Webley & Scott. Up until around WW2, Webley & Scott was one of the largest gunmakers in the world.

The side-by-side Scott you see here was made around 1885. It’s a mid-grade gun. Mid- and lower-grade doubles were usually used hard, so it’s incredible to see all the original color-case hardening, bbl brown, and oil finish. on this one. The gun is beautifully made, too. Just take a look through the pics at the bottom of this post to see what I mean.

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

The fact that this gun also comes with its original, handwritten hang tag and case with the dealer’s label is another plus. The gun was retailed by William Read & Son, Washington St, Boston, and I can’t believe both those items have made it through the last 129 years.

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

W & C SCOTT SxS HAMMER SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 1/2″. S# 36941. Bbls. 30″ Damascus steel. Fixed full & full chokes. Top rib marked “W&C Scott & Son. Makers & Patentees. London.” Case colored bar lock action with low style, rebounding circular hammers. Fine foliate scroll engraving featuring a swan on the left lock. Double triggers. Extractors. Splinter forend, with Scott-patent, pull down release lever. Round-knob stock of hand checkered fancy English walnut. LOP: 14 1/8″ over original checkered buttplate. DAC: 1 7/8″. DAH: 3 1/4″. Stock is cast off. Weight: 8 Lbs., 1 oz. Minimum wall thickness L. .040 & R. .040.

CONDITION: Bbls. retain 85% original brown finish having spots of light freckling & showing vivid Damascus pattern. Locks retain 90% original bright case colors with applied lacquer. Action retains 70% original bright case colors fading to patina in carry areas. Stock and forend have good original finish showing light wear with a few light marks & scratches. Very good, bright bores. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: original W.C. Scott & Son hang tag, numbered to gun, featuring original specifications. Upper right corner of tag missing. Original case with William Read & Sons trade label. Case in poor condition. ESTIMATE: $3000-4500

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

 

Original Hang Tag for 12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885
Original Hang Tag for 12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885

 

    Original case  for W. & C. Scott shotgun, provided by retailer
Original case for W. & C. Scott shotgun, provided by retailer

 

Original William Read & Sons case label for W. & C. Scott shotgun
Original William Read & Sons case label for W. & C. Scott shotgun

 

Auction alert: a nice looking 12g Westley Richards Droplock shotgun…

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

Quinn & Farmer Auctions in Charlottesville, VA has this nice looking double barrel shotgun coming up tomorrow at their a 2/8 sale. I know there’s a lot of vital information missing from the listing, but if you live within driving distance, you may be able to make it over today to see the gun for yourself.

Here are the details on it. This info comes from the actioneer. And BTW, according to the pics the auctioneer provided, at least one of the sets of bbls was made in or after 1954.

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun: 90-95% original condition, true droplock. Two-barrel set, 28″ & 30″, marked 2 3/4″. Gun made between 1901-1908. Strong traces of case hardening on frame, checkered stock grip. Serial number 16967. Gold oval inlay on underside of stock with intials, “RD.” Top of frame marked with numeral “1” in gold. The shotgun is accompanied by its original leather case with name plate “ROBERT W. DANIEL/BRANDON,” with the name Brandon referring to Brandon Plantation.  Serial # 16967.

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

What’s this 20 gauge Westley Richard’s little secret?

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

Droplock Westley Richards shotguns are nice doubles, and they’re very collectible, especially in the smaller gauges. Most of the time, a 20 gauge will cost you at least $15,000 if it has any kind of condition.

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

So when I saw this little 20 gauge Westley Richards double barrel droplock shotgun on Gunbroker.com, I thought WOW – a deal! But after I took a longer look at the pics, I figured out why it’s priced so low.

Take a look at all the images. Then let me know if you can figure out what’s up with it:

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock with a single trigger, straight-gripped stock, and 15″ LOP.

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

A couple great Greeners, both F25s side-by-sides in 28 gauge…

W.W. Greener Facile Princeps Actio
W.W. Greener’s Facile Princeps Action

W.W. Greener made some of my favorite shotguns — especially the doubles they made on their Facile Princeps boxlock. The Facile Princeps was patented in 1880, four years after Westley Richard’s famous Anson & Deeley patent boxlock. The designs are similar, so much that they sparked a lawsuit — a lawsuit which Greener won.

The Greeners you see here are both F25s – the lower end of the medium-grade Facile Princeps offered by the company. As you can see, the design of the this model changed a bit over time. That being said, they were always very well made doubles.

W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun
W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

W. W. Greener F25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun: A rare gun with auto ejectors, 27″ barrels choked full & mod. LOP is 14 1/4″, English stock with well figured straight grip. 4-3/4 lbs. with checkered butt. Nice engraving with case. An unusual collector grade Greener. Price: $19,995

W.W. Greener F25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun: Serial #67177, 28 Bore, 27″ barrels with excellent, bright bores. This is a beautiful little gun built on Greener’s Facile Princeps non-ejecting boxlock action and exhibits almost no evidence of any past use. The ribbed barrels retain virtually all of the original blue with just a few hints of silvering at the muzzles and the frame, which is engraved with tasteful decorative flourishes and the “W.W. GREENER” ribands, retains a commensurate amount of the original vibrant color case-hardening (almost all of which remains on the breech faces attesting to the lack of use). Even the extractor still retains most of the original lustrous nitre bluing as does the Greener sliding safety on the left side of the wrist.

W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:
W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:

There is a small amount of silvering on the underside of the frame where it meets the forend and an unobtrusive and barely noticeable import mark on the water table. The checkered walnut forend and nicely figured semi-pistol grip buttstock have only some very minor handling marks and surface blemishes scattered about the original oil finish. The stock is proportioned for a lady or young adolescent and has a 13 1/2″ LOP with drops of 1 1/2″ and 2 3/8″ (small but not so small that the gun is unusable to longer armed individuals). About the only flaw worth mentioning is a slight proudness of the forend tip widow’s peak which would be very easy to rectify by a competent gunsmith. The gun is housed in its original Greener labeled, maroon baize-lined leather traveling case and comes complete with the original hang tag, Britannia metal oiler, a partial tube of Greener gun grease, various cleaning tools, and several gun rags.

W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:
W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun

The case exterior is quite scuffed and the included original leather security straps are flaked and broken but the case itself is still robust and fully serviceable. This is an absolutely gorgeous little 28 bore British double in almost flawless original condition, complete with the original case and accessories, and would make a stellar gun either for woodcock in the fall or simply just to look at in the gunroom. FFL or C&R. Price: $15,995

W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun
W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun
W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun
W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun
W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:
W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:

Real nice 16g & 20g Webley & Scott double barrel shotguns…

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

I’ve written this before, but if  Webley & Scott is the Ford of British gunmaker, the Model 700 is their F150 pickup. Introduced in the 1950’s, the rugged and reliable M700 was the double of choice for thousands of shooters in the UK and Europe.

But almost all those Webleys were 12 gauges. The Brits have never loved the smaller bores, and their gunmakers have never made 16s & 20s in great numbers. That’s one of the things that makes the side-by-sides you see here special. The other thing that makes them unique is their condition. Both of these SxSs look new – pretty impressive when you consider they’re at least 40 years old.

Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30″ barrels.

Webley & Scott Model 700 16 bore 30″ barrels: This is great well balanced bird gun.  I think 16ga Webleys with 2 3/4″ chambers are harder to find than the 28ga guns. 16ga, 30″ barrels, Imp/ Full (.008/.036), 2 3/4″ chambers, semi-pistol grip stock, 14 1/2″x1 1/4″x2 1/8″ and cast off,  6 lbs. Two triggers, ejectors, grooved stock end, excellent codition.  Barrel blue is 99%, case colors 99 %, wood 97 %. Bores are perfect with no dents or bulges. Price: $ 3995

Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30″ barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels: High condition W & S Model 700 20 bore with rare 28″ barrels with 3″ chambers. Original Birmingham nitro 3 1/2 ton proof. Gun remains in proof. Little used. Game rib.  Barrels have engine turned breech. 139xxx series made in Birmingham in the ’60s or ’70s. Lacquered original case colors. Original blacking. Slight wear at muzzles and sides of action from case. Shiny bores choked Skeet 1 right and Modified left. Double triggers. Pleasing wood and sharp checkering with a few marks. Blank oval. Checkered butt. Properly balanced gun.  Weight approximately 5 lb 9 oz. Dimensions 14 5/8 x 14 1/2 x 14 3/4. Drop 1 3/8″ x 2″. Cast off 1/4″. Ejectors in time, no buggered screws!  This is a nice, true English built gun. Price: $4795

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge John Harper double barrel shotgun…

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

When most Americans think about hunting in the UK, fancy estates, titles, and big bills come to mind. But not everyon in the UK was an aristocrat or rich. Everyday sports-people also found time for the field. When they did, they carried doubles like the one you see here.

This SxS is by John Harper, a gunmaker who used to be located in Birmingham, England. Harper opened a shop in 1902 and his business was in operation until 1975. From what I can tell, most of his trade was in good quality boxlocks, sort of the meat-and-potatoes of the English shotgun business. Doubles like these were great deals when they were made 80 years ago. Today, the same is still true.

Even though this shotgun has been on the market before, it’s still a great deal at its current price ($3,295).

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

JOHN HARPER 12 GA BLE: Serial # 14XX, circa about 1920’s. John Harper specialized in making guns for others such as James Woodward and W.R. Pape. An exceptional well kept light wgt (6.7 Lbs.), BL Ejector with 28″ barrels retaining 98% blue, mint, mirror bores choked IC / F, nitro proofed 1 1/8 oz, with 2 3/4″ chambers and rib extension with Greener x-bolt. The nicely scroll engraved receiver retains about 80% original case colors with the floor plate and TG 90% blue. The well figured, dark streaked SG / Spl wood with excellent crisp checkering shows only the most minor handling marks and retains 97% finish. Serrated original BP, vacant silver oval and push button FE release. An elegant collector/shooter. Price $3,295

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a solid 12 gauge Webley & Scott 700…

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

If there’s a side-by-side that you could call the perfect starter double, Webley & Scott’s 700 is the gun. A basic boxlock built on the tried and trued Anson & Deeley action, 700s were made for decades.

They’ve always been great guns, and if you’re looking for a solid, reliable English shotgun that’s on the affordable side, it’s a great choice.

The one you see here, looks like it can be bought for $3,000 – a great price for a solid Birmingham boxlock in nearly-new condition. If this shotgun looks good to you, get on it now. The auction ends Wednesday, 6/12/2013 @ 12:07:43 PM ET.

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Webley & Scott 700 series 12ga 28″ barrels mod/full: in about 93% condition with a small area of freckling on right barrel. LOP is 15″ to front trigger w/ original Silvers pad. Case colors are strong.

Rare and beautiful. A double barrel 12 gauge by William Donn / Thomas Kilby…

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

The title “gunmaker” has always had always had a broad definition, especially here in America. Some of our gunmakers did make shotguns and rifles from scratch (or mostly from scratch). But others bought parts from overseas and then assembled, stocked, and finished off the firearm over here.

Many more American “gunmakers” were retailers who had their firearms built in their name by real gunmakers in the UK and Europe. Charles Daly is the most famous of these gunmaker-retailers, and until around World War II, side-by-sides carrying his name were made in Germany. From the looks of the shotgun you see here, William Donn was following a similar business model.

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

William Donn was gunsmith/gunmaker who worked in the Peoria to Chicago area from around 1870-1910. For while he has was partners with his brother, John. Later in his career he was on his own. Sometimes during in this second phase he imported this shotgun from the UK.

This side-by-side was made by Thomas Kilby of Thomas Kilby & Son, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, England, Kilby was a famous British barrel maker, and it looks like he also supplied finished SxS shotguns to retailers in the United States. While most ofhte work looks British, I’m not sure if Kilby also had the stock carved. He may have, or Donn may have had it done over here. Regardless, it’s a beautiful shotgun, and one I would love to call my own.

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge Russell Hillsdon side-by-side with case…

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun
12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun

If you had to buy one shotgun for everything from pheasants and grouse to sporting clays, this 12 gauge Russell Hillsdon boxlock would be an excellent choice. It’s an Anson & Deeley boxlock – one of the most dependable actions ever made. It’s also a non ejector, so you never have to worry about those things going out of time or breaking.

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun
12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun

Overall, it looks pretty original. The chokes are a bit open, but I wouldn’t let that bother me. Unless you’re shooting late-season wild pheasants, it shouldn’t be a problem. The best part of it is the price – $2,399.99. Not a steal, but still a very good price.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun
12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon boxlock: 28″ bbls, 2 1/2″ chambers, Cylinder and IC, 15″ LOP with 7/8″ wood extension, 1 3/8″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH. 6 LBS 7 OZ, Comes with a very nice hard takedown case. Wood cleaning rod. Snap caps. A gold color oil bottle. A horn decocker. And makers labels.

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun
12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun

A Westley Richards droplock: here’s what makes them different…

In 1875, Westley Richards started building side-by-side shotguns on their famous Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Twenty-one year later, the company updated the A & D design with the famous Detachable Lock Action. Check out the pics below to see some of what sets these designs apart.

This first pic shows a regular Westley Richards Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Note the three pins  on the side of the action. Those pins fasten the lockwork in place.

A standard boxlock Westley Richards
A standard boxlock Westley Richards

The next pic shows a Westley Richards droplock. See how the the three pins on those three pins are missing on this gun? That’s because the detachable lockwork on this Westley is fastened on plates housed inside the action.

A droplock Westley Richards
A droplock Westley Richards, pic from Hallowellco.com

Here’s another pic of a standard Westley boxlock. Even though this shotgun is equipped with a hinged floor plate, it’s a fixed-lock gun.

Locks & action on a standard boxlock Westley Richards
Locks & action on a standard boxlock Westley Richards

This is a droplock with the floorplate removed and the left-had lock lifted from the action. See the plate to the back of the lock? That’s what the lockwork is mounted on.

Locks on a Westley Richards Droplock
Locks on a Westley Richards Droplock, pic from Hallowellco.com

In this final pic you can see the set of the locks dropped all the way out of the gun. You can also the plate that entire lock mechanism is mounted on.

Westley Richards Boxlock with Detachable Locks (Droplocks)
Westley Richards Boxlock with Detachable Locks (Droplocks)

Check out this real nice 28 gauge by John Wilkes…

28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Nice British 28 gauge side-by-sides are hard to find.  So when I saw this one by John Wilkes, I had to check it out. It’s special for a couple reasons: First there’s the 28″ barrels. Then there’s the longish stock (14 1/2″ LOP over a leather pad). Coming in third is the shotgun’s beautiful wood and excellent overall condition.

Here’s more about the shotgun from the dealer’s listing:

John Wilkes Boxlock, 28 bore, 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ original fluid steel barrels with original London Nitro proof of 5/8 oz., choked IC and Mod.,  5 lbs. 1 oz., 14 1/2″ LOP over a leather pad, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/8″ DAH, neutral cast, English scroll engraving with the maker’s name in banner on the sides of the action, straight grip, splinter forend, double triggers, rib engraved “John Wilkes, 1 Lower St. James St., Golden Square, London”, concave game rib, automatic safety with “SAFE” in silver, Greener crossbolt, highly figured walnut. Completed in 1912. Excellent condition showing about 60% case color remaining. Comes with a high quality leather luggage case and a maker’s label. Price: $10,950.00

28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge, A.A. Brown boxlock…

12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun

Few people in the double-barrel shotgun world know the name A.A. Brown & Sons. This isn’t surprising. Even though A.A. Brown & Sons has been making doubles since 1938, they’ve spent most of their history making them for  firms like Holland & Holland, E. J. Churchill, and Westley Richards (this sidelock Westley Richards is a Brown).

12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun

Officially, it wasn’t until 1974 that A.A. Brown & Sons started making side-by-sides under their own name. So the one you see here is a bit of a mystery. Even though it’s clearly a Brown, its proof marks show that it made before 1954. So was it a one off that the family turned out for a friend, or a leftover that was finished off in house and then sold out the back door?

12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun

Whatever its story is, the gun does looks well made. Check out the pics to see what I mean. At $2999, it’s a pretty good deal, too.

Here are the rest of the specs on the gun from Cabela’s site: 7 lbs 9 ozs, 30″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, Full and Improved Modified, 14 3/8″ LOP; 1 9/16″ DAC; 2 1/4″ DAH.

BTW: I’ve written about A.A. Brown & Sons before. You can read my earlier post here.

12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
12 gauge A.A. Brown boxlock side by side shotgun
%d bloggers like this: