It’s a 12 gauge J. Dickson & Son boxlock ejector with short, 2″ chambers. Twelve gauge shotguns with two-inch chambers were popular in the 1930s. People liked how they were lightweight guns, but they were still big enough to feel right to people who had always shot 12-gauge guns.
Today, these doubles are awesome side-by-sides for upland hunters.
LOT 1067: J. DICKSON & SON TWO INCH BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga. S# 18014. Bbls. 27″ w/ Churchill rib. Ribbed surface is hand filed. Choked .007″ / .017″ (Light Imp. Cyl. / Light Mod.). Dbl. triggers. Ejectors. Auto safe. Bbl. lockup is via dbl. under lugs. Action is in the white. Blued bbls. & furniture. Checkered walnut straight hand stock w/ splinter forend. Action decorated w/ acanthus scroll plus “John Dickson & Son” in a banner on each side. LOP: 14 3/8″ over 1″ leather covered pad. DAC: 1 3/8″. DAH: 2 3/8″. Cast off: 1/4″. Minimum measured wall thicknesses: .032″ left & .036″ right; both measured 8″ from muzzle. Weight: 5 lbs., 12 oz. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: leather very compact case w/ red baize lining. Accessory compartment in case holds case straps. Also includes Dickson & Son oil bottle & 2″ snap caps marked “MORTIMER & SON”. CONDITION: like many British guns, this Dickson has been freshened still retaining 95%+ bbl. finish w/ crisp engraving on the action & deep rich blue on the furniture. Wood shows minimal marking w/ 95% freshened finish. Checkering remains crisp where recut. Initial plate is engraved w/ “LCT”. Leather covered pad retains its dark brown color. Bottom of bbls. stamped w/ “GRIFFIN & HOWE” import marks. Bbl. flats wear 1979 London proofs w/ bore diameters marked at .729″ (still measure). Bright shiny bores. ESTIMATE: $1,500-2,500.
FLLI RIZZINI R1E SxS 20 GAUGE: MADE 1999, PELI ENGRAVED, 29″ BARRELS CHOKED 017 AND 020, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS. SINGLE TRIGGER. EJECTORS. SPLINTER FOREARM. ENGLISH GRIP. CHECKERED BUTT. NEW IN MAKER’S CASE. 6LBS 7 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 3/8″. Price:$69,500
Pair of E.J. Churchill 12 bore “Utility Model XXV” 2-in. SxS doubles w/assisted opening: A beautiful pair of E. J. Churchill 2in. 12 ga. Utility Model XXV assisted opening doubles. The best bouquet and foliate scroll engraving is perfect and, as most of that era, high-class English doubles, the quality is superb. All markings are proper for a pair. The no’s. 1 and 2 done in gold along with the designation XXV. In my experience, pairs of 2 in. 12’s are not very common and these are outstanding! Price:$8450.
Serial Number: 5541/2
Stock Comb: 1 -1/2″
Stock Heel: 2″
Stock Cast: 1/4 in
Fore End: A bit wider than splinter
Butt Pad: 1 in. with spacer
Finish: see pics
Weight: No. 1 5lb. 7 oz.; No. 2 5lb 4 oz.
Manufacture Date: 1936
Chokes: No. 1; 3/8 R and 1/2 L
Choke Left: No. 2; cyl R and 3/8 L
Case: Original motor case.
Proof:Nitro: London nitro proof
BROWNING CITORI FEATHER 16 GAUGE: AS NEW, RARE BROWNING CITORI FEATHER FIELD GUN IN 16 GAUGE! LIMITED PRODUCTION RUN. BUILT OFF THE LITE WEIGHT 20 GAUGE FRAME (6LBS), FEATURES 28″ VENT-RIB BARREL WITH INVECTOR CHOKE SYSTEM. LOP 14 1/4″-1 1/2″-2 1/4″. Price:$2,800.
W. H. POLLARD 16GA Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: A very nice lively 16ga London game gun. Good wood, barrels, and mechanics. No issues good to go! Price:$1675
Bore: .659R .659L
Chambers: 2 1/2 IN
Bore Condition: BRIGHT with a few light pits down the bores
Stock Comb: 1 7/8″
Stock Heel: 2 1/4″
Butt Pad: LEATHER PAD
LOP: 14 7/8″
Weight: 6LBS 4OZ
Choke Left: IMP/MOD
Choke Right: CYL
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .031″
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .031″
FAMARS 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN – HIGH CONDITION: Here is a 28 Gauge Famars made for the European Market with double triggers, swivels, and extractors. Barrels are 27 7/8″ with screw in chokes (IC and IC). Looks like a Briley thin wall pattern. Top of barrels are engraved “Armi Famars”. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Manual safety. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 7/16″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″ Price:$1,450.
The one thing collector’s want most is original condition. Here’s an aweseome side-by-side Purdey shotguns with plenty of it. Just check out the color-case hardening on the action and the crispness of the wood. Great engraving, too.
Since its founding in 1814, Purdey has built 30,000+ firearms. I doubt they’ve built many like this, though. It’s a lightweight (5lb, 8oz) 12 gauge made to shoot 2″ shells. Of course, it’s built on Purdey’s famous Beesley action and appear to be in very nice original condition.
Twelve gauges with 2″ chambers were introduced by British makers in the 1930s and marketed as “featherweight” models.
Author Vic Venters, popular with sportsmen who hunted red grouse over pointers in the UK, not many were made. I can’t imagine Purdey built them in any significant numbers. And of the ones they made, how many are still in nearly-new original condition?