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Prewar Westley Richards Best Quality Droplock 577 NE Side-by-Side Double Rifle – Game Scene Engraved - “The Crumpler”
Prewar Westley Richards Best Quality Droplock 577 NE Side-by-Side Double Rifle – Game Scene Engraved – “The Crumpler”

Prewar Westley Richards Best Quality Droplock 577 NE Double Rifle – Game Scene Engraved – “The Crumpler”: Up for sale is a very rare and fine Westley Richards Droplock (hand detachable lock) ejector, game scene engraved, double rifle in the powerful .577 3” Nitro Express caliber. It has blued chopperlump Krupp steel 26” barrels engraved “WESTLEY RICHARDS 178 NEW BOND St LONDON”, “GUNMAKERS BY APPOINTMENT TO HIS MAJESTY KING EDWARD VII” as well as the following caliber markings “.577 BORE, 3 in CASE” and “100 Grs CORDITE 750 Gr BULLET”. Barrel flats also show original proofs for the full power load of 750 gr bullet and 100 gr Cordite max. The barrels feature select ejectors and matted and engraved quarter rib with ramped bead front sight and rear express sights features one standing leaf marked 100 yards and four folding leaves marked 150, 200, 250, 300 yards respectively. The massive receiver has patina’d to be mostly silver finish with nice case colors remaining only in protected areas. It features 80% English scroll coverage as well as game scene vignettes of an Indian Bear on the bottom lockplate cover and Indian Rhinoceros on the trigger guard. This rifle also features Westley Richards’ rock solid and reliable single select trigger. The bolted safety featured gold inlaid SAFE as well as BOLTED under the lockout lever. The forearm features a lever release and buffalo horn tip inlaid to a widows peak. The buttstock is a strong best grade English walnut featuring checkered side panels, attractive figure and vertical fiddle and has a beaded cheekpiece as well as gold escutcheon with rear sling swivel (front sling attachment in on the barrels) and 1” silvers pad. The solid steel grip cap still retains some attractive but faded case colors. The rifle comes cased in a modern case as shown. LOP is 15-1/8″ and weight is 13.4 lbs. Overall rifle is in VG++ original condition with some faded barrel blacking and some nicks and dings in the metal and wood but nothing that takes away from the rifle’s overall appearance. It is evident that it has been well cared for during its ~120 year history. Mechanics and bores are excellent. This rifle was made in 1904 for R. Tyader Esquire and is a near twin, including single select trigger, to the Westley Richards Droplock 577 NE rifles owned and used by famous historic figures such as author Ernest Hemingway, famed ivory hunter James Sutherland, explorer Admiral JA Baker, and actor Stewart Granger. This particular rifle was owned by Jim Wilkerson of Rifle Ranch and was documented and described by Jeff Cooper in a full, multipage, article that he wrote describing this exact rifle for the 1983 Gun Digest. In the article Mr Cooper dubbed this rifle “The Crumpler” based on John Taylor’s quote that the .577 NE will crumple a charging elephant better than any other cartridge. A copy of the article and the original manuscript is included with the rifle. This is a beautiful example of old-world British gunmaking at its finest in the premier ultimate big bore chambering made during the golden age of ivory hunters. There were very few Westley Richards 577s made prior to WWII (~37) and this is an exceptional and original example. These do not come up for sale often. Price: $62,500

Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32" SxS - Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance
Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32″ SxS – Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance

Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32″ SxS – Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance: Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga made with 32″ Chromox barrels. Long splinter forend with ebony tip. Frame is beautifully engraved in oak leaf and game scene pattern as seen in the phootos with scallops on top and bottom. Gun has double triggers, auto ejectors, auto safety. The round knob pistol grip buttstock is richly figured European walnut and beautifully scallop border checkered and terminiates with an aging Hawkins brand pad. This gun was sold through Abercrombie and Fitch in 1949 for the estate of the original owner, Maximilian Arther Ramirez. Ramirez was a Cuban born physician who lived on Park Avenue in NYC. The gun has his initials “MAR” professionally stamped in the ball grip as seen in the photos. Overall, the gun remains in excellent original condition. Barrels with 95-97% factory blue. Forend is excellent and sound with minor impressions. Frame with more than 90%++ bold and vivid original case color. Buttstock is sound and excellent with original finish and has scattered minor handling marks and impressions. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price: $12,500

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE-WAR 20 GAUGE SPLINTER FOREARM DOUBLE TRIGGERS
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE-WAR 20 GAUGE SPLINTER FOREARM DOUBLE TRIGGERS

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE-WAR 20 GAUGE SPLINTER FOREARM DOUBLE TRIGGERS: SN# 49XX 26″ SOLID RIB BARRELS MARKED MOD AND FULL (.008 AND .022 CONSTRICTIONS) 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGERS EXTRACTOR AUTO SAFETY SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH SOME LIGHT HANDLING WINCHESTER BUTT PLATE 6LBS 2 OZ 2 7/16″ DAH 1 5/8″ DAC 14″ LOP Price: $8,850

Massive Engraved W. & C. Scott 8 Gauge Dbl Hammer Shotgun 1884
Massive Engraved W. & C. Scott 8 Gauge Dbl Hammer Shotgun 1884

Massive Engraved W. & C. Scott 8 Gauge Dbl Hammer Shotgun 1884: Serial #34418, 8 Gauge Cartridge, 34 inch Damascus barrels with bright, near excellent bores showing a few tiny isolated spots of roughness. This is an early W. & C. Scott side by side hammer shotgun marked “W & C. SCOTT & SON. MAKERS & PATENTEES LONDON” on the barrel rib manufactured in 1884. The massive “B” grade shotgun weighs in at 12 lbs 10 Oz. and has border scroll work with a beautiful engraved dog’s head on the left lockplate. The side plates are marked “W. & C. SCOTT & SON” with the lever marked PATENT”. The underside of the barrels are marked with the serial number along with proofs and “CHOKE”, “9B”, “10M” and “NOT FOR BALL”. The barrel flats have the appropriate British proof marks with the water table having the W & C Scott Patent for the action. All numbered parts have matching serial numbers. The gun is in near excellent condition with the fine Damascus barrels retaining much of the original thumbprint pattern ranging from brown toning to a pleasant pewter grey and free of any major dents with only some isolated surface use marks and scratches. The side plates, hammers and protected areas of the frame retain much of the original vibrant case color fading to a smoky gray on the use and carry points. The finely checkered walnut stock with horn capped pistol grip is now solid with an excellent professionally spliced wood repair on the lower left side of the wrist and a small corner chip repair on the right side that are so well done as to be hard to find. The finely checkered forearm rates excellent and is solid with only some very minor use marks. The stock sports a silver oval name plate and horn grip cap and butt plate that rate near excellent. The LOP is 14 1/8″ with drops of 1 ¾” and 1 7/8″ at the comb and heel respectively. The barrels are on face with a tight lock up and the lever resting just right of the center. The hammers cock and release with a crisp trigger pull. A beautiful and rare, very large bore, W. & C. Scott waterfowl shotgun that could still be shot with the proper low-pressure loads. Antique Price: $6,495

A.H. FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 12 GAUGE - GREAT CASE COLOR - NICE GUN
A.H. FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 12 GAUGE – GREAT CASE COLOR – NICE GUN

A.H. FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 12 GAUGE – GREAT CASE COLOR – NICE GUN: A H FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 12 GAUGE.  CHROMOX FLUID STEEL 30″ BARRELS CLEARLY MARKED NUMBER 3 WEIGHT.  MODIFIED (.020) AND FULL (.040), 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, SINGLE BEAD SIGHT.  MIRROR PERFECT BORES, 99% ORIGINAL BRIGHT BLUE.  BOXLOCK FRAME WITH BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR.  EXTENSIVE COVERAGE, DEEP CUT ENGRAVING, SIDES HAVE A FOLIATE PATTERN WITH “ANSLEY H. FOX” ON A BANNER.  TOP, BOTTOM AND FOREARM IRON HAS ACANTHUS SCROLLWORK.  THE TOP LEVER IS TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  TRIGGERGUARD HAS THE ORIGINAL BLUE.  ROUND KNOB GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NEAR-PERFECT CHECKERING.  EXCELLENT WOOD FINISH WITH ONLY MINOR HANDLING MARKS.  ORIGINAL BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/4″, 7 POUNDS 4 OUNCES.  EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL HIGH-CONDITION FOX MADE IN 1927. Price: $2,750

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