This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .318 Accelerated Express Cased Mfg 1913 Outstanding condition
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .318 Accelerated Express Cased Mfg 1913 Outstanding condition

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .318 Accelerated Express Cased Mfg 1913 Outstanding condition: Barrel Length (in Inches)  24″, Stock Configuration: Capped Pistol Grip and very fine Flur-di-lis checkering and pancake style cheekpiece, Forearm Type:  Splinter Forearm Rib Type  1/4 Rib With express sights 1 standing and 4 folding Receiver Finish  Casehardened Engraving Type  Large ornamental scroll with game scene cameos and carved fences, Engraved wedges on barrels Other Options  Flip up night sight, Grip cap with trap, Leather case with maker’s label, Gold oval, Sling swivels, Bolted safety, Type C top lever Condition  EXC. Plus Condition Weight  9#9oz Dimensions  14 5/8″ LOP Other Details  Mfg 1913. Price: $60,000

Parker DHE 28 Gauge
Parker DHE 28 Gauge

Parker DHE 28 Gauge: 00 Frame, Serial Number: 240314, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Triggers: Single Selective Trigger, Gauge: 28 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/8 inches, Stock Heel: 1 3/4 inches, Fore End: Beavertail, LOP: 14 1/4 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz. Price: $39,500

Fr. Wilh. HEYM - 20ga - 28” - Lightweight Game Gun - 2 3/4” - IC/M - Double Trigger - 14 5/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 3/8” - 5 lbs 12 ozs - SN: 6009 - Gorgeous!!
Fr. Wilh. HEYM – 20ga – 28” – Lightweight Game Gun – 2 3/4” – IC/M – Double Trigger – 14 5/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 3/8” – 5 lbs 12 ozs – SN: 6009 – Gorgeous!!

Fr. Wilh. HEYM – 20ga – 28” – Lightweight Game Gun – 2 3/4” – IC/M – Double Trigger – 14 5/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 3/8” – 5 lbs 12 ozs – SN: 6009 – Gorgeous!! SN: 6009 – there are three ebony inserts – auto safety – Gorgeous!!  Read the case label for specs – the entire package is wonderful – The Engraving is Outstanding – Field Gun for the Discerning Shooter.  Some bluing wear – Case colors are in very good shape – mechanically tight and sound. Price: $21,900

Anderson Wheeler - SLE - 20 Gauge SXS
Anderson Wheeler – SLE – 20 Gauge SXS

Anderson Wheeler – SLE – 20 Gauge SXS: Action: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 1/2 “, Drop heel: 2 3/16 “, Cast amount: 3/16 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz, Manufactured in: England, Manufacture Year: 2015, Overall condition: NEW, Stock condition: NEW, Metal condition: NEW, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Chambers: 2 3/4 “, Length: 29 “, Chokes: IM/XF, Rib type: Concave. Exquisitely hand-engraved example of a best London gun, which has long been the center of firearm’s excellence. Anderson Wheeler pride themselves on maintaining that tradition of beauty, craftsmanship, and reliability in the sporting firearms they produce. The blend of modern innovation, craftsmanship and precision engineering used in the building of Anderson Wheeler firearms, demonstrates years of striving to perfect that balance of reliability with artistic elegance. Price: $18,700

Arrieta 2" 12 gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun 12Ga
Arrieta 2″ 12 gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun 12Ga

Arrieta 2″ Sidelock SxS Game Gun 12 Gauge: Serial #19-98, 12Ga 2″ chambers, Choked: Cyl./Imp. Cyl. Full length plain steel rib, Marked in gold “(For 2″ Case Only) Wingshooters Light Game Gun” Left barrel marked “Wingshooters LTD-Grand Rapids-Michigan USA, Double triggers, automatic ejectors, automatic safety. Straight grip stock checkered in 2-pt pattern with 15 1/2” LOP over  Pacmayer Decelerator pad, Splinter forend with Curtis release checkered in 4-pt diamond pattern. The receiver is lightly scroll engraved with wavy border pattern and marked “Arrieta YCIA” on both lockplates. Hand detachable locks, articulated front trigger, Weight 5 lbs. 13 oz. Condition is Extremely fine, near new. Buttstock and forearm are Exl. with very light handling marks, Perfect mechanics with Bright shiny bores. Price: $4495

Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

Here’s one of the all-time classic dangerous-game safari rifles. It’s coming up at Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale, which starts this Friday, 3/30.

Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle...
Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

Westley Richards Droplocks (aka “hand detachable locks”) are one of the most famous side-by-side actions ever created, and the .470 Nitro Express cartridge is also highly regarded. If you’re thinking of heading to Africa on safari, this gun would be ideal for everything from Cape Buffalo to Elephants. Westley Richards still makes them today. The double rifles have a starting price of around $100,000+.

Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle...
Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

LOT 1047, WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE: Cal. 470 Nitro. S# 1431. Dovetail lump 26″ bbls. w/ single standing leaf express sight in matted quarter rib. pedestal front sight topped w/ blade including bright bead & flip up high visibility sight. Sling swivel attached to bottom rib. SST. Ejectors. Polished & jeweled hand detachable locks underneath hinged floorplate. Lock up is via dbl. under lugs w/ doll’s head top fastener. Westley Richards camming top lever. Stalking safety w/ gold “SAFE” & gold “BOLTED”. Action is decorated w/ 70% pattern of bold scroll. Full length bottom tang. Capped checkered walnut pistol grip stock w/ drop points checkered side panels, sling swivel & English leather covered pad. Grip cap is engraved to match & features trapdoor storage. Wide splinter forend w/ engraved pull lever style latch. Consignor states that rifle was recently checked for regulation by maker & that it is very accurate w/ Federal ammunition. LOP: 14″. Weight: 12 lbs. CONDITION: bbls. & furniture retain better than 90% freshened blue. Coin finished action exhibits crisp engraving. Hand detachable locks still display brilliant jeweling. Grip cap blue is beginning to show a plum tone. Wood shows a few scattered compression marks w/ none protruding through the finish. Checkering remains crisp. Initial oval is engraved w/ “LCT”. Leather covered pad retains strong black color. Action is tight & on face. Ejectors are strong. Bright bores w/ crisp rifling. ESTIMATE: $17,500-22,500.

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Westley Richards .577 3" NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production
Westley Richards .577 3″ NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production

Westley Richards .577 3″ NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production: Westley Richards famous Droplock action with a scroll back, hinged cover plate, Snap Action Lever work and Model “C” Doll’s Head Extension, non-automatic “beetle back” safety, two triggers with the front one hinged, disk-set strikers, and Westleys’ patent ejectors. The action is color hardened with blacked furniture and wonderfully engraved in small scroll in a traditional House “diamond” pattern with the Maker’s name inlaid in gold on the top rib and on the action sides in flowing banners. Rolled trigger bow for a right hand shooter and an extended tang to a trap grip cap. Serial number is also inlaid in gold. Rifle is fitted with 25″ chopper lump barrels, WR pattern full length quarter rib with a standing Express sight (50 yds) and a single folding leaf (100 yds) both lined in gold with WR’s patent combination front sight with a flip up moon-sight. Barrels and sights are regulated for 750gr Bullets.Stock  is a highly figured, yet appropriately laid out, walnut stock w/ a right handed beaded cheekpiece, drop points, traditional point pattern checkering with Mullered borders, a blank gold oval and sling swivel stud. Rifle has a 15 1/8″ LOP over a leather covered pad and a splinter forend with an ebony forend tip and Deeley forend latch. The rifle weighs 13 lbs. 6 oz. Rifle is complete in a Maker’s Best O&L case w/ accouterments and canvas outer cover with the rifles descriptions and serial number on the initial patch. Price: $95,000

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge: This is the first 7E Grade Ithaca we have ever seen, which is understandable since there were only 22 or 25 ever manufactured.  According to Walter C. Snyder, an Historian of the Ithaca Gun Company, this shotgun was shipped to an undisclosed location on 12/5/44.  The condition is superb, as one might expect from such a high grade shotgun, it shows almost no wear or evidence of use.  The blue and case-colors are near 100%, the bores are perfect and the highly figured American Walnut stock is ornately checkered and is in near new condition.  It appears that the only non-original part is a proper “sunburst” Ithaca marked reproduction recoil pad.  The case hardened receiver is highly engraved and has six gold inlays including 2 ducks, 2 pheasants, a dog holding a duck and a bald eagle complete with a white gold head.  The shotgun is fitted with ejectors, double gold plated triggers, and the barrels are 28 inches in length, choked full and full (0040″ + .0040″).  The stock dimensions are: 14 inch length-of-pull, 2 3/4 inch drop at the heel and 1 3/4 inch drop at the comb.  The weight is 7 lbs. 13 oz.   The 7E Grade Ithaca is one of the rarest of all American Doubles and it would be hard to find a better one.  Comes with a letter from the Chronicler of the Ithaca Gun Company dated 9/5/07.  Price: $35,000

A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set:
A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set:

A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set: This is an A.H. Fox XE 12 gauge shotgun, with a 2nd barrel set fit by Turnbull Restoration. This classic American double gun carries serial number 29317, and is dated from 1924. Metal restoration was performed by Turnbull, and included light polishing, engraving was not re-cut (see photos); color case hardening of receiver, top lever and forend iron/latch; trigger reshaped to mid-position; both sets of barrels were polished and rust blued by us. The Fox has been utilized by its owner since restoration, so it does carry some handling marks. This Fox’s original barrel set is 28″ in length. A 2nd barrel set at 26″ was fit by Turnbull Restoration and engraved to match the original set. Wood condition is very good with minor handling marks. We did not work on this Fox’s wood, and appears to have been refinished by a 3rd party at some point. We replaced the original broken grip cap. 28″ barrel set (original): Cylinder/Improved Cylinder, 2-1/2″ chambers. 26″ heavey barrel set: Improved Cylinder/Modified, 3″ chambers with long forcing cones. Price: $20,000 

PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE--BY-SIDE SHOTGUN-- SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN:
PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE–BY-SIDE SHOTGUN– SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN:

PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE–BY-SIDE SHOTGUN– SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN: 26″ MOD/FULL — EXCELLENT DIMENSIONS AT 14 1/4 LOP — LATE REMINGTON REPLACED DHBP — ORIGINAL COLOR IS VIBRANT IN AREAS AND ABOUT 75% COVERAGE — ORIGINAL BLUE AT 95% BARRELS AND 50% FADING ON GUARD — BALL GRIP — EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CHECKERING AND VARNISH — SINGLE BEAD — SPLINTER FOREND — EXTRACTOR — FANTASTIC ORIGINAL GUN THAT WOULD LOVE TO BE BEHIND A DOG AGAIN — THE PERFECT UPLAND SET UP AND LIGHT AT 5LBS 7 OZ 14 1/4″ X  1 1/2″  X 2 5/8″ to a  Dog’s HEAD BUTT PLATE. Price: $24,500.

Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F
Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F

Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F: Capped pistol grip, checkered butt, 2 ¾” proof 3 ¼ ton, drop lock, factory single trigger, beavertail, gold oval, scalloped frame, unfired condition.  This gun has 100% original case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Magnificently scroll engraved, just simply the best. Special ordered gun with hinged foreplate and the best Turkish walnut. 6 lb. 2 oz. 14 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 2’. Price: $19,995

 

5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS - SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge
WESTLEY RICHARDS – SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge

WESTLEY RICHARDS – SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge26″ M/F – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTOMATIC EJECTORS – STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK HIGH COMB STOCK – THIN RECOIL PAD – HAND DETACHABLE LOCKS – SLIM BEAVERTAIL FOREND – FULL COVERAGE ROSE AND SCROLL ENGRAVING OVER A COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER 4 LBS. 14 OZ. 14 1/2″ X 1  1/2″ X 1 1/2″. Price: $49,500 

DAN'L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE
DAN’L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE

DAN’L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE#2026, Dan’l Fraser & Co., 4 Leith St. Terrace, Edinburgh: A Daniel Fraser 500/450 No. 1 BPE Double Rifle That is Totally Museum Quality & Museum Condition, Overall a 96% Original Piece on both Metal & Wood, Made about 1891, 27″ steel barrels with perfect bores (I don’t like the word perfect but it applies here), Rib extension dolls head with a third bite, Fold-up night sight, Full length hand filed rib with 1 standing & 1 folding sights with Ivory & Platinum, Intercepting safety sears on a Boxlock action, Bushed strikers, Bolted safety block, Carved fences, Swing lever forend release, Full length trigger guard strap to the profiled horn grip cap, Shadowline cheekpiece, Sling eyes, 14 7/8″ LOP over a Fraser horn buttplate with their rubber divider (A patented Fraser buttplate/pad), 9 lbs. 4 oz., Excellent wood with excellent color contrast, 98% coverage of period scroll engraving including the top lever, trigger guard and forend lever, Absolute original barrel blue at 96%, It retains 98% bright & vivid original case colors, The breech face and receiver flats retain 100% case colors, The inside of the opening lever and forend retain 100% bright and vivid case colors, The striker bushings have 95% deep heat blue, The stock & forend remain at 97%, The checkering is at 100%, The bores and chambers are absolutely like brand new and totally look like the day they left #4 Leith Street, The total of all the screws are at 98%. It is smack on face with all the bite left on the double underlugs with double bite. The whole is cased in the maker’s original brass cornered oak & leather trunk, ivory container with spare strikers, fish-hook sling swivels, 2 boxes of original Kynoch bpe cartridges, some brass & cast bullets, original cleaning gear and the original & correct trade label. The trunk case remains in excellent condition as well. It comes with a set of RCBS loading dies plus a lot of loading information. This piece embodies classic Daniel Fraser with strength, distinctive styling, high quality, elegance, grace and from a firm that is all things Edinburgh and Scottish. There are double rifles and then there are serious double rifles. Dreams of tigers and ships and palaces, fine spices and women and silk. ////////////////////////////////////////// Daniel Fraser apprenticed 7 years with the famous gunmaker Alexander Henry. In 1880 his patent #5403 became the famous falling block Fraser rifle. He was the designer of the ‘Velox’ bullet. There are very few Fraser double rifles as the original Fraser Co. did not survive after the First World War. Every Fraser and nearly every Scottish gun usually have very few apologies. Daniel Fraser died in August of 1902 at the young age of 57.  Price: $23,500

F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun
F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun

F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun: Price  $19,000.00
Configuration: SXS
Serial #:  8063
Barrel Length: 28″
Choke: R  M(.019)
Choke: L  IM(.031)
Trigger: ST (Single)
Stock Configuration:  Pistol Grip
Forearm: Beaver Tail
Rib Type: Level Flat Filed Rib
Action Finish: Coin
Engraving: King I fine Italian scroll and bouquets by Granetti
Other Options: Gold crest in forend, Gold crown on top lever, Extra fine 32lpi checkering, Recoil pad, Factory leather case,
Condition: EXC. Plus Condition
Weight: 7lb 15oz
Dimensions:  1 3/8″ x 1 3/4″ x 14 1/4″ with 3/8 cast off

 

SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun
SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun

SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun: Imported by New England Arms Co.  Sidelock with self Cocking and 1999 Production Date, 28″ barrels with extractor choked IC and improved Modify, double trigger, articulated front trigger, engraved receiver by master engraver Cabrioli P. sharp checkering on both the grip and the butt plate Few small scratches on the stock and small oxidation in three spots nothing deep, bores are bright and shiny. Price: $5900
Manufacturer: Siace
Model: SXS
Bore: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Used
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Clean & Bright
Barrels: 28″
Action: Side Lock
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 28
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/4″
Weight: 6.00 lb

BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2" VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.
BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.

BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.: #2448 V72, Belgium Browning 20 Bore Superlight with a Vent Rib and a schnabel forend Made in 1972; It has 26 1/2″ Ejector vent rib barrels at .624 .005 & .014 (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), Factory choke markings are I.C. & Mod., 2 3/4″ chambers, Single selective trigger, Game forend with the schnabel, Straight hand stock at 14 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/4″ over the factory hard buttplate, 5 lbs. 13 oz., The gun retains 99% barrel blue, The receiver blue is 99%, The wood is 98% with very few & light handling marks only, The checkering is 100%, The bores and chambers look like new, It remains as tight as the day it left Belgium and the mechanical life left is 99-100%. This is almost like buying it new in 1972. Price: $4,400

Auction alert: 12g Westley Richards droplock with hidden value…

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

There are 4 things I love about this classy, little Best-Quality Westley Richards boxlock ejector droplock shotgun coming to auction May 7, 2018 at Poulin’s Antiques in Fairfield, ME.

1. It’s an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock. This is one of the classic British shotgun designs. Reliable & rugged, it’s been around since 1875 and is still used by Westley Richards today (those guns start at £54,500).

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

2. Droplocks (or”detachable locks,” as the Brits call them). Invented in 1897, droplocks are durable, easy to maintain, and just plain cool. Gunwriter Vice Venters wrote “Westley Richards hand detachable…are nothing short of a stroke of genius.”

3. Newish barrels by Westley Richards in 1954. They’re this gun’s hidden value–and a huge benefit. Even though this gun is 100+ year old, it has modern, 2 3/4″ chambers nitro-proofed for 1 1/4 ounce loads (and perfect upland chokes). That means it can shoot most easy-to-find, modern, 12-gauge ammo (just stick to light loads and lead shot).

4. Its estimate. With a low range of $3,000, it could go cheap. And if it goes anywhere with the $3-5,000 range, it’s a deal.

Lot 1014: WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 3/4″. S# 9004. Bbls. 26″ Fluid steel w/ Nitro proofs for 1 1/4 oz. loads were new from Westley Richards in 1954. “Westley Richards” gold name model. Scalloped drop lock action having Case colored finish w/ blue floorplate & trigger guard. Removable locks have fully jeweled surfaces. Single selective trigger. Auto ejectors. Horn-tipped splinter forearm & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine English walnut w/ silver nameplate in toeline. LOP: 14 5/16″ over Universal solid red pad. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 1/4″. Cast off. Bore diameter: right – .729, left – .029. Bore restriction: right – .010, left – .020. Wall thickness: right – .033, left – .030. Weight: 6 lbs. 5.9 oz CONDITION: 70% blue w/ fading along sides. Frame retains 30% lightly visible case colors. Floorplate shows 80% blue. Trigger guard has good blue on bow w/ silvering along grip. Stocks have lightly worn finish w/ scattered scratches & handling marks. Very good bright bores. (17-3919/DS). CURIO. $3,000-5,000.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

This week’s 5 good guns…

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS - SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge
WESTLEY RICHARDS – SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge

WESTLEY RICHARDS – SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge26″ M/F – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTOMATIC EJECTORS – STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK HIGH COMB STOCK – THIN RECOIL PAD – HAND DETACHABLE LOCKS – SLIM BEAVERTAIL FOREND – FULL COVERAGE ROSE AND SCROLL ENGRAVING OVER A COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER 4 LBS. 14 OZ. 14 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2″. Price: $49,500 

JAMES PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, .400 3″BUILT IN 1940, .400 PURDEY, A 3″ STRAIGHT CASE WITH 230 GRAIN BULLETS. ENGRAVED WITH THE FAMOUS PURDEY “ROSE & SCROLL” PATTERN, STRONG HINTS OF COLOR CASE REMAIN. 25″ BARRELS AND BORE CONDITION IS EXCELLENT, BRIGHT AND SHINY, NO SIGNS OF PITTING OR HEAVY USAGE, ALONG WITH A VERY STRONG LOCK UP. THE ACTION HAS BUSHED FIRING PINS, ALONG WITH A UNIQUE “STALKING SAFETY” AND SIDE-CLIPS ON THE BEAUTIFUL FENCES. WOOD IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH AN UNUSUAL CHECKERED BUTT! COMPLETE WITH ENGLISH STYLE SWIVELS AND SILVER OVAL. LOP IS 15 1/4″ AND WEIGHT IS 7 LBS 15 OZ ORIGINAL CASE, BRASS AND BULLETS, RCBS DIE SET ARE INCLUDED. COMES WITH FACTORY CORRESPONDENCE. Price: $30,000

JAMES PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, .400 3":
JAMES PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, .400 3″:
Holloway (G&S) - 28 Gauge - B. Jenkins of NY, NY - 1952 build - 26” - M/IM - 14 3/4” LOP - 5 lbs!
Holloway (G&S) – 28 Gauge – B. Jenkins of NY, NY – 1952 build – 26” – M/IM – 14 3/4” LOP – 5 lbs!

Holloway (G&S) – 28 Gauge – B. Jenkins of NY, NY – 1952 build – 26” – M/IM – 14 3/4” LOP – 5 lbs!: A 28 Bore English Boxlock Ejector Game Gun that was imported by B. (Bob) Jenkinson, New York, N. Y. and so marked, Jenkinson imported a fair number of English guns in the 50’s & 60’s and I believe nearly all were made by Holloway, This 28 Bore was made in 1952, 26″ dovetail lump barrels at .550 .013 & .016″ (Mod. & Imp. Mod.), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Proved in Birmingham at 3/4 ounce, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4″ over a checkered butt, Slight cast-off with a swept comb that points like a dream, 28 bore weight at 5 lbs. 1 oz., 60% coverage of English scroll, Nice wood, The original barrel blue at 99%, The gun retains 98% original bright & vivid case colors, The stock finish is original and at 99%, The checkering at 100%, The blue on the floorplate, trigger guard, trigger guard tang and forend metal is 99%, The bores are as new from breech to muzzle, The gun is smack on the face with plenty of bite, The barrels ring with a nice chime. This is flat out one nice 1952 English boxlock with excellent workmanship on both the metal & wood. The stock inletting is superb and the checkering is as well cut as you will find on any English Best Sidelock. This is like buying it new in 1952. The Jenkinson serial # is 700 and the Holloway # is 22734. Holloway & Co. has been around since the 19th century. They had premises at 10-12 & 14 Vesey Street in Birmingham. In 1901 Tommy Naughton was the manager at Holloway & Co. and he bought the firm and it became Holloway & Naughton Ltd. but they continued business separately. G & S (George & Sidney) Holloway were for the most part makers to the trade and maintained an excellent reputation before and after WWII. About 1978 production of new Holloway guns was dropped but they continued with repairs. Graham Clive Holloway of G & S Holloway died in February of 1994 and that was the end of an era for G & S Holloway. To this day Holloway & Naughton shotguns are still made and manufactured to the client’s individual requirements and they can be found at hollowaynaughton.co.uk B. (Bob) Jenkinson was a dealer in many Holloway made guns during the 1950’s & 1960’s in New York City. Price: $11,995

Parker DHE 20 gauge SxS Shotgun, Straight Stock
Parker DHE 20 gauge SxS Shotgun, Straight Stock

Parker DHE 20 gauge SxS Shotgun, Straight Stock: $8,950.00 
Serial Number: 191xxx
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 30 3/4 inches
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 20 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: 7/8 inch
LOP: 13 3/4 inches
Weight: 6 1/2 lbs.

Ernst Steigleder of Berlin & Suhl high grade German double ~ Condition x 3
Ernst Steigleder of Berlin & Suhl high grade German double ~ Condition x 3

Ernst Steigleder of Berlin & Suhl high grade German double ~ Condition x 3Boxlock – This fine German shotgun was proofed when it was completed in September of 1923 in Suhl. With near 90% original case color and blue and wood finish, this fine double is in outstanding condition and features the outstanding pre-war German craftsmanship one would expect.
This shotgun is not clunky but handles very well. This is a fine shotgun that will make its next owner a fine bird gun that with care should last a lifetime. Price: $3,600
Serial Number: 114392
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 29.5″
Barrel Type: Steel
Action: Boxlock
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 1/2″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
Stock Cast: 1/4″
LOP: 14 1/2″
Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz.
Choke Left: .032 full
Choke Right: .018 Mod
Proof:Nitro: 2 3/4″ NP
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .034

This week’s 5 good guns…

 

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410
JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410: Price: $79,500
KEN HUNT ENGRAVED
CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED
BOTH ARE 26″ MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGER
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
ENGLISH GRIP
CHECKERED BUTT
4LBS 14 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2 X 15
BOTH GUNS ARE NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun
Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun: Single Trigger, with a modern leather case. Circa 1931, Barrels are 28 inches with original 2 3/4 chambers proofed for 1 oz. Scalloped backed action 80 % coverage large scroll. Original Westley Richards Patent one trigger. Nicely fiddle figured European walnut stock measures 13 7/8 over a thin checkered horn plate, Deluxe checkering. Bore diameter left .619 right .620. Min. wall thickness right .030 left .032  choke is full and full both barrels .031. Dimensions are 1 5/8″ X 2 1/2″ with cast approx 1/4″ on. Weight 6 lbs. Barrels, Whitworth Steel, chopper lump, retain 90% of what looks to be original black. Action retains 70% to 80% case color. Floor plate retains 50% A lovely small bore upland or game gun. Price: $26,500

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4" Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition
Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition: This is another one of those double rifles that are in exceptional condition without having been run through the refinishing mill. Barrels retain 98% original black. Frame has 90-95% vivid case color.  Wood is in very good condition, showing some handling marks.  The only alteration to the rifle is on the wood.  At one time a tang sight was added to the rifle which has been removed and new wood filled in its place; evidenced in one of the pictures.  Just a pleasure to find something this nice. Bores Are absolutely Mint!!!! 28″ barrels. 1/4 rib with 1S &2 F Scroll – 80% coverage. French Walnut stock. Solid Red Recoil Pad. 14 5/8″ LOP. 11 lbs. 2 oz. Price: $24,500

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS
Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS: 1901, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 10oz, SxS Serial Number: 35307E. Most who pursue American doubles are aware that Lefever Arms Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. produced very elegant shotguns.  The engraving is better than most in its tasteful application, the frames were ornately sculpted and shaped, and the workmanship overall was superior to the competition of the day.  With the last Lefever being produced in 1919, Lefever produced relatively few guns; in the range of 50.000 or so in all grades and gauges, most being lower grade guns.  Mr. Elliot’s book “Uncle Dan Lefever—Master Gunmaker” notes few high-grade Lefevers were produced, and most gunners that search for fine American vintage double guns are aware that there are few Lefever EE Grade guns ever seen for sale, especially in great original condition.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEFEVER, SN35307 MADE IN 1901, RETAINS PLENTY OF  FACTORY ORIGINAL CASE COLORS. Price: $4,450

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28" choke tubes, with extra straight stock
Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stock

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stockHere is a nice, lightweight 28 ga. that is both light, petite, and in a great gauge. Also with this gun come with an extra straight stock that has been shortened for a lady, youngster or a gentleman with shorter arms. The wood has lots of figure and would rate about 95% with some surface marks. The action of this gun has a few buff marks at the top. 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 * 6 lb 4 oz. Price: $1595.

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FABBRI BEST 20 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN
FABBRI BEST 20 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN

FABBRI BEST 20 GAUGE OU SHOTGUNMADE 2005, PELI CREATIVE ARTS ENGRAVED, 27 1/2″ VACUUM ARC REMELT BARRELS  SOLID RIB, IMPROVED MODIFIED AND FULL 2 3/4″, SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW IN MAKERS CASE, 6LBS 2 OZ X 2″ X 1 3/8″ X 15″. Price: $99,500

JOSEPH LANG 12GA SIDE-BY-SIDE CUSTOM 2 BL SET 30″: SIDELOCK EJECTOR, 30″ BARRELS, ONE SET CHOKED .022 AND .035, SECOND SET TRUE CYLINDER AND .019. BARRELS ARE CHOPPER LUMP. EARLY GUN DATES FROM 1913. ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, 14 3/8 PULL TO A LEATHER BUTT , 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 DROP, SINGLE TRIGGER, HIGH QUALITY BOUQUET AND SCROLL ENGRAVING, CLASSIC LOOK, NICE LOOKING GUN IN GREAT SHAPE, CASED, WITH LETTER FROM DOUGLAS TATE OF BRITISH GAME GUNS. Price: $14,700

JOSEPH LANG 12GA SIDE-BY-SIDE CUSTOM 2 BL SET 30"
JOSEPH LANG 12GA SIDE-BY-SIDE CUSTOM 2 BL SET 30″
Westley Richards 12 Bore S/S – BOXLOCK, EJECTORS WESTLEY SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, 28”, NICE!
Westley Richards 12 Bore S/S – BOXLOCK, EJECTORS WESTLEY SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, 28”, NICE!

Westley Richards 12 Bore S/S – BOXLOCK, EJECTORS WESTLEY SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, 28”, NICE!This sweet little Westley Richards BLE is a great example of a fine British shotgun at a very affordable price.  A Birmingham proofed gun made in or around 1904, snO8605 weighs a svelte 6 1/2 pounds with 28” barrels and is balanced dead on the hinge pin.  This is one of the guns you hand to a shooter as you are trying to explain why the Brits have always had the most dynamic guns…they just feel right in your hands.  For those who like a single selective trigger, the Westley Richards “One Trigger” is amongst the best ever devised and works like a dream.  Few British guns have SELECTIVE single triggers and this is a very rare option.  Mechanically perfect in every way, with excellent bores, lots of wall thickness, still in proof with HEAVY 1 1/4OZ. PROOF STAMPINGS, lots of wear to the original factory finishes but still tight on hinge pin and breech face, the gun is ready for several more generations of use.  Choked just right for upland birds and sporting clays, great stock dimensions, and a great price, this is your chance to own a British gun with a very notable maker’s name.  Thanks for looking. Price: $3,750

Ithaca SKB 20ga. Model 280 "English" SxS
Ithaca SKB 20ga. Model 280 “English” SxS

Ithaca SKB 20ga. Model 280 “English” SxS: This gun has 28″ barrels choked modified (.012″) and full (.028″), 3″ chambers, choke left: full (.028″), choke right: modified (.012″). It has a straight grip stock with a 141/4″ LOP over the original buttplate. It has a single selective trigger,ejectors,and a beavertail forend. Stock Dimensions, 14 1/4″x1 1/2″x2 1/2″, weight: 6lb, 2 oz. The gun is in excellent condition retaining at least 98% of the original blue and wood finish. The barrel bores are bright and free of any rust,dents,or pits.The wood is solid and free of any cracks or damage and is nicely figured. The model 280 was only made for a short time and are fairly hard to find.This would make a great dove,pheasant,or clays gun. Price: $1695

Browning Citori Upland Special OU in 20 Gauge
Browning Citori Upland Special OU in 20 Gauge

Browning Citori Upland Special OU in 20 GaugeCouple very minimal handling marks otherwise, excellent condition. Price: $1,499.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 3 Inch
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Bright
Barrels: 26 Inch
Triggers: SST
Stock: Straight Grip, Checkered Walnut
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4″ LOP
Fore End: Schnabel tip
Butt Pad: Decelerator Recoil Pad
Weight: 6 Lbs 6 Ozs
Sights: Vent Rib, Metal Bead
Chokes: Mod / Imp. Cylinder Fixed

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WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO
WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO24″ BARRELS WITH A SINGLE LEAF 1/4 RIB REAR AND A HOODED PATENTED WESTLEY NIGHT SITE FRONT DOUBLE TRIGGERS EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP TEST FIRED ONLY IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 15 1/4 LBS . LOP: 14 3/4″. Price: $99,500

Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set: 28” barrels choked Mod/Full and interchangeable 28” barrels choked WS1/WS2.  Vent rib, single selective trigger, selective ejector, non-auto safety.  Capped pistol grip, checkered butt, highly figured feather crotch walnut, marked deluxe on floor plate with factory letter indicating that.  Multi point deluxe checkering.  Very special gun in as new condition with Cody Letter. 14” x 1 ½” x 2 ¼” 6lbs 14oz. Price: $13,995

Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set
Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set
Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: This Parker has 28” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .001 right and .014 left. The bore diameters measure .617 right and .618 left. The barrels retain 95% original bluing with freckling in several areas, some light scratches, thinning in areas and wear from the forend. The rib has a single silver bead and is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. PARKER SPEC. STEEL”. The bores are clean and shiny. The 0 frame retains 60% original case coloring. The trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. The forend iron has little finish left. Double triggers, ejectors and automatic safety. The pistol grip stock and forearm have had varnish added. They retain most of their finish with some thinning in the grip area and various light handling marks. The length of pull is 14” to the front trigger over a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 1/4″. Drop at heel: 2 3/8″. Weight: 6.25 lbs. Mechanics are excellent. Price: $12,500

IVER JOHNSON – SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE – 28″ – D.T. PISTOL GRIP STOCK LOP 14 1/16″ OVER LOGO BUTTPLATE – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – RECEIVER BLUE 90% – TOP LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER. Price: $4,450

IVER JOHNSON - SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE - 28" - D.T.
IVER JOHNSON – SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE – 28″ – D.T.

 

1998 - Beretta - 686 Onyx - 28ga, 28"
1998 – Beretta – 686 Onyx – 28ga, 28″

1998 – Beretta – 686 Onyx – 28ga, 28″: Mobichoke Barrels, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-9/16″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 6 lbs. 2 oz. Condition: Metal 99%, Wood 98+% – just a couple of minor handling marks. Price: $1775

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John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned 'Round Action' Side-by-Side Shotgun
John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned ‘Round Action’ Side-by-Side Shotgun

John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned ‘Round Action’ Side-by-Side Shotgun: A pre-owned 12 bore John Dickson & Son ‘Round Action’ Ejector Shotgun with 28 inch barrels at our New York Showroom. John Dickson & Son best quality round action ejector with double trigger and automatic safety. Price: $29,900 
Barrel Length: 28 Inches – New 1989
Chamber: 2 1/2 Inch
Rib: Game
Chokes: Bottom: 1/4 Top: 3/4
Length: 14 3/8 Inches
Bend: 1 5/8 – 2 5/16
Weight: 6lb 5oz
Case: Single Leather Motor
Date of Manufacture: 1899

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga: #19133, Westley Richards ,  hand detachable sidelock  assisted opening 12 Ga. Made in 1965 , in maker leather case with snap caps and cleaning rod. 28” dovetail lump barrels, 2 ¾” chambers  in like new condition ,  bores measure .730” With mirror finish, chokes are .009” and .017” ( Imp Cyl and Mod) . Narrow swamped rib with like new  soldering . Holland type, spring loaded opener . Original blacking in 95+% condition.
Bar action , hand detachable sidelocks, single selective single trigger with selector on the right lock .
I have checked and serviced the gun for the last 5 years, and the single trigger has been absolutely trouble free. 95% coverage of acanthus leaves with a 95%+ original condition charcoal case color hardening. Automatic safety. Splinter forend with Anson release and Southgate ejectors. Nice game gun with weight at 6 lbs. 8 oz. and a balance point at the hinge. Stock measures 14 5/8” LOP over a .600” leather covered pad , drop is 1 3/8” and 2 1/16”  with a ¼” cast off. The wood is in 95% original condition with some light marking in the finish and checkering. Obviously this gun has been well taken care of and maintained  for the last 52 years . A chance to own a 95% condition  bespoke game gun  for a third of the new replacement. Price: $24,900

Parker VHE 20 ga SxS Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition
Parker VHE 20 ga SxS Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition

Parker VHE 20 ga Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition26” Barrels bored Skeet 1 and Skeet 2, Single Selective Trigger, Beavertail Forend, and Auto Ejectors.  This is a late Remington gun (SN 2423XX) in almost new condition throughout.  Case colors are about 95% showing slight ware just below the hinge pin on the bottom of the action bar.  Standard dimensions for a skeet gun but would also work well for sporting clays or quail: LOP = 14 ¼ in. over the factory original Noshock pad, DC = 1 ½ and DH = 2 ¼ inches.  A truly lovely little gun priced to sell. Price: $12,500

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME28” BARRELS M/FULL, DT, PG, 14  1/4” X 1  ½” X 2  7/16′, CASE COLORS 90% plus –  WT. 6 LBS. 14 OZS., VERY CLEAN HIGH CONDITION ORIGINAL GUN. Price: $4,250

Parker VHE 12 gauge SxS, No. 1 frame, 6lbs, 14oz
Parker VHE 12 gauge SxS, No. 1 frame, 6lbs, 14oz
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 12/” BARRELS WITH MINT BORES, 3″ CHAMBERS, BORES: OVER .610 CHOKE .009, UNDER .610 CHOKE .009, MEASURES IMPROVED CYLINDER BOTH BARRELS, CHOKES MARKED SKEET, LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER, USED BUT NOT ABUSED, PERFECT FOR THE FIELD SUPERPOSED, ROUND KNOB LONG TANG, MADE IN BELGIUM CIRCA 1959′ , DIMENSIONS WITH FACTORY BUTTPLATE 14 1/4″-1 1/2″-2 1/4″ Price: $1,950

The secrets of the sexy 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS …

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

On Wednesday, I put up this post  and asked Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

Right away, few folks spotted this pretty little side-by-side’s special features right: sideclips, a Greener-style top bolt, and, most impressively, droplocks (AKA hand-detachable locks).

Westley Richards patented the Anson & Deeley boxlock action in 1875. Twenty-one year later, they updated it with their iconic hand detachable locks. Hand-detachable locks were to clean up the action’s appearance. After their introduction, a couple major benefits became apparent: If a lock breaks in the field, it can be replaced in a few minutes, and at the end of damp mornings or wet days, you pull the locks out for oiling and give the inside of the gun a good opportunity to dry.

Original WR advertising image for detachable locks
Original WR advertising image for detachable locks

Here a few things I love the 20 gauge droplock you see here:

-The beautiful cut scroll engraving

-The original Westley Richards single selective trigger

-The blushes of genuine color-case hardening

-The untouched, fancy checkering on the stock

-It’s tiny action. I hard to tell in the pictures, but its perfectly scaled to the gauge.

-It’s condition. Other than the extension on the stock (and maybe a bit of oil on the wood), this gun has not been messed with. Sure it has some dings and wear, but every one was put there

BTW: Remember, this gun is for sale. If you would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Wow – what a nice shotgun. Classic, British, and very original, this vintage 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS was completed in November in 1929 for Boston sporting goods store Bob Smith.

It has a couple secrets. See if you can spot them. In a few days, I’ll reveal them and show & tell more about this great little double.

BTW: This gun is for sale. If you’re interested and would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Westley Richard’s most important invention…

Evolution of Westley Richard's doll's head & toplever. Earliest at top. From The Explora.
Evolution of Westley Richard’s doll’s head & toplever. Earliest at top. From The Explora.

So far in my tributes to Simon Clode, the former Chairman & Managing Director of Westley Richards, I’ve mentioned two of his company’s most important contributions to side by sides: The Anson & Deeley boxlock action and the Deeley ejectors. Now it’s time for WR’s third and most significant.

If you ever shot a SxS or an O/U, you’ve used it. And while it was revolutionary in its day, it’s so common and obvious now I doubt you’ve ever wondered where it came from.

So what is it? It’s the toplever.

Back in the 1850s, shotguns were moving from muzzleloaders to designs that broke open to be loaded from the breach. Lefaucheux’s pinfire was shown at London’s Great Exhibition in 1851. By the end of that decade, other makers had designs for these doubles.

Westley Richards’ version featured a doll’s head and came out in 1858. To make it function, the company patented its first style toplever the following year. This toplever reached all the way down to the nose on the stock. In the years that followed, WR cut it back to the shorter size we’re familiar with today.

Evolution of Westley Richard's doll's head & toplever. Earliest on left. From The Explora.
Evolution of Westley Richard’s doll’s head & toplever. Earliest on left. From The Explora.

Around same time WR introduced its design, other gunsmiths and gunmakers were introducing their inventions: The Jones Underlever, the Purdey thumbhole, the Daw lever. But time showed they were all two-legged stools compared to the top lever. Once Purdey patented its sliding bolt and W & C Scott came up with it’s spindle, the toplever was able to operate them and introduce a design which has been used on tens of thousands of OUs and SxS since.

Westley Richards’ interesting ejector system …

Deeley ejectors in a Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley hammerless SxS shotgun. Pic from The Explora.
Deeley ejectors in a Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley hammerless SxS shotgun. Pic from The Explora.

Here’s the next post in my continuing tribute to Westley Richards’ former Chairman & Managin Director Simon Clode.

I have mixed feeling about ejectors. Part of me appreciates them. Ejectors can satisfy. If you think of breaking a clay or downing a bird as a sentence, hitting your target is the verb and the shells kicking free of the chambers is the exclamation point.

Deeley sxs shotgun ejectors, contained in their "box"
Deeley sxs shotgun ejectors, contained in their “box”

But another part of me thinks ejectors just complicate things and eventually break. Some designs are unreliable, and a lot of them make it a pain to pull unshot shells from the chambers. On top of this, ejectors are absolutely unnecessary for all of shooting I, and most of us, do.

Back in the 19th century, ejectors  were brand new. While not revolutionary, they were evolutionary and a sign of how the newest shotgun designs were adapting to the newest shooting craze: driven game.

In 1885, Westley Richards patented their Deeley ejectors (nine years after their Anson & Deeley hammerless shotgun).  Self contained in a kind of box and complex, it was difficult to make. But it was also easy to install as a completed unit. This led many makers to buy finished ejectors units and install them on their own SxSs.

In this video, you can see just how complex Deeley ejectors are.

Westley Richards’ brilliant Anson & Deeley design …

Westley Richards Anson-Deeley Cutaway, pic from The Explora
Westley Richards Anson-Deeley Cutaway, pic from The Explora

Many of you know Simon Clode,  the Chairman & Managing Director of Westley Richards, passed away last week. In tribute to him, I’m putting up a series of posts dedicated to his great company.

Today’s, we’re covering one of Westley Richard’s huge contributions to the world of double barrel shotguns: The Anson & Deeley action. Patented in 1875, the A & D action was simple, rugged and easy to build. It was also revolutionary and one of the first successful “hammerless” shotgun designs created.

A: Hammer, shown forward in “fired” postion

Key parts of an Anson & Deeley boxlock SxS shotgun, from Finegunmaking.com, Steven Dodd Hughes
Key parts of an Anson & Deeley boxlock SxS shotgun, from Finegunmaking.com, Steven Dodd Hughes

B: Mainspring, drives hammer

C: Cocking level, tips hammer into position when bbls drop

D: The spring with hold the trigger sear (E) in place.

E: Trigger sear, releases hammer when trigger is pulled

In the late 19th and into the 20th century, it was the basis for thousands of side-by-sides made throughout the UK and across Europe. After WW2, it even found its way to Japan, where it was used by companies like Miroku and the Sakaba (SKB) Arms.

Today, a handful of companies still make true Anson & Deeley boxlocks: Westley Richards (of course) a few British and European firms, and Connecticut Shotgun (see their oddly named “Christian Hunter“).

Sad new for gunmaking: Westley Richard’s Simon Clode passes away …

Simon Clode (right) with professional hunter Robin Hurt. Pic from The Explora.
Simon Clode (right) with professional hunter Robin Hurt. Pic from The Explora.

Wow – I can’t believe this: Westley Richard’s Simon Clode had passed away. My condolences to his family. You can read his obit on Westley Richard’s The Explora blog here.

I ran into Simon a few times, the last one at the 2016 Safari Club Show in Vegas. He was sort of the Steve Jobs of the British gun trade – a real visionary.

I have tremendous respect for what he accomplished. He built great guns and a great brand. He brought a new generation of craftsmen into the biz and gave work to the existing ones. He was also spread the word about British guns to shooters around the world.

From marketing to gun making, he knew what he was doing. People like him are rare. I hope Westley Richards has someone in line to take over with the same drive and feel for the future.

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PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH OVER UNDER 2 BARREL SET 28 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH OVER UNDER 2 BARREL SET 28 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH OVER UNDER 2 BARREL SET 28 GAUGETHIS IS THE FINEST KEN HUNT ENGRAVED GUN THAT WE HAVE HAD 26″ SOLID RIB IC AND MOD 28″ FULL AND FULL SOLID RIB SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM CAPPED PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 12 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $175,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS .410 DROPLOCK SxS SHOTGUN28″ BARRELS, M/F CHOKES, 4 LBS. 10 OZ., 14 5/8″ X 1 3/8″ X 2″  Price: $65,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS .410 DROPLOCK SxS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS .410 DROPLOCK SxS SHOTGUN
CHARLES DALY HAL LINDNER DIAMOND GRADE FEATHERWEIGHT BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUN
CHARLES DALY HAL LINDNER DIAMOND GRADE FEATHERWEIGHT BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUN

CHARLES DALY HAL LINDNER DIAMOND GRADE FEATHERWEIGHT BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUNSCALLOPED BOXLOCK 12GA, S/S, COCKING IDICATORS, INERSEPTING SEARS, BEAUTIFUL FULL COVERAGE SCROLL WITH GAME SCENES, 28″ EXTRA FINE DAMASCUS BBLS, LONDON NITRO PROOFED, 3 TONS, 2 1/2″, MIN WALLS 27 THOU, CHOKED 1/4, 3/4, RAISED GAME RIB, EJECTORS, SINGLE TRIGGER, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, CHECKERED SIDE PANELS, TEARDROPS, ENGRAVED SKELTON BUTTPLATE, LOP 14 1/4, 1 5/8, 2 3/4, 5LBS 14OZ, VERY FINE WOOD, BORES AND DAMASCUS PATTERN ON BBLS. Price: $11,950

FRANCOTTE MODEL "20E" DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH
FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH20 gauge, 28″ barrels choked  R: .009″   L: .030″.   Engraved sideplate action with auto ejectors, side clips, hiddend third bite (crossbolt with rib extension), double triggers, top lever.  Checkered splinter forend and semi-pistol grip buttstock.  Stock measurements:   Comb: 1 1/2″  Heel: 2 1/2″  LOP: 14 1/4″ to a horn buttplate.  Weight 5lbs 13oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining nearly all of the casehardened finish on the action and sideplates.   Trigger guard and top lever have all of the high polish charcoal blue remaining.  Barrels showing 98% original blue with the maker’s  and A&F’s names engraved on top.  “A FRANCOTTE MAKER” and patent info on the left  sideplate at the bottom.  Excellent wood and checkering.  1949 mfg. Price: $8,750

Verees & Co. 28ga. 28″ auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954: Chokes F-F (.028) Doub. Trig., LOP 14 1/4″ to Silvers type pad,  DAC 1 3/8″  DAH 2″ Beaver tail FE
Condition:  nearly unfired with strong case color and blue. Price: $4750

Verees & Co. 28ga. 28" auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954
Verees & Co. 28ga. 28″ auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954

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Parker Bros, AHE SxS 12 gauge shotgun, 2 BBL SET
Parker Bros, AHE SxS 12 gauge shotgun, 2 BBL SET

Parker Bros, AHE SxS 12 gauge shotgun, 2 BBL SET: $24,500
Serial Number: 95xxx
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 30
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Plate
LOP: 13 3/4″
Weight: 7 3/4 lbs.

Parker Bros. CH Grade 12 Ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side
Parker Bros. CH Grade 12 Ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side

Parker Bros. CH Grade 12 Ga. Double Barrel Side-by-SideRare CH Grade Parker Shotgun with 30″ Titanic Steel Barrels that are choked Imp. Mod. / Imp. Mod. The LOP is 14 1/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 1/2″ and weight is 7lbs 14oz.  This Parker is on a number 2 frame.  It is listed on page 382 of Parker Gun Identification & Serialization.  Serial number is 130777.  Price: $6,500

Beretta SO3. As new condition. 28" barrels. 100% factory hand engraving
Beretta SO3. As new condition. 28″ barrels. 100% factory hand engraving

Beretta SO3. 12 gauge OUA shotgun, as new condition. 28″ barrels. 100% factory hand engravingFor sale is a beautiful piece of art work. An as new side lock SO3 Beretta from the late 1960’s. All factory hand engraved. It has a true EELL pattern but for the price of an SO3 instead of an EELL. 28inch barrels. Mod and Full. unmolested. bores are bright, shiny no pits. perfect. Checkered butt. LOP 14.25″  DAC 1.5″. DAH 2.25″.  The bluing is 98%. The wood is 98%.  Single selective trigger. Very dynamic. Can be used for bunker, live birds or sporting clays.  Comes in its makers leather case. The overall weight is 7pounds 4ounces. Neutral cast. Price: $5600

MOORE & GREY / WESTLEY RICHARDS 12B SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
MOORE & GREY / WESTLEY RICHARDS 12B SIDELOCK SHOTGUN

MOORE & GREY / WESTLEY RICHARDS 12B SIDELOCK SHOTGUNAn excellent, elegant, Moore and Grey TL round action 12b double sidelock with ducksbill lock plates, serial # 2xxx, No. 2 of a pair, with recent replacement 30” steel barrels by Westley Richards with perfect bores, NITRO 2 1/2” chambers choked IC/FL and retaining 98% blue. The lock plates with excellent, crisp, banknote scroll engraving, beautifully executed, with darkend backround which enhances it’s effect.  Beautifully figured SG / SPL wood with dark swirls, proud to metal, with excellent, crisp flat top checkering, vacant gold oval, LOP 14 1/4 to a silvers style pad.  Weight 6 lbs 12oz. DAC, 1 5/8, DAH, 2 3/8.  A beautiful, classic upland game gun.  The photos don’t do it justice. Price: $3995

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH ZOLI & RIZZINI 28GA SxS SHOTGUN
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH ZOLI & RIZZINI 28GA SxS SHOTGUN

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH ZOLI & RIZZINI 28GA SxS SHOTGUNA dandy light and livley 28 ga. game gun. No issues: Price: $2675
Chambers: 2 3/4IN
Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Barrels: 26IN

Gauge: 28GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 3/8IN
Butt Pad: ORIGINAL
LOP: 14 1/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 4OZ
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: MOD

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Westley Richards " Ovundo " 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector
Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector

Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector: A sweet, beautiful , light shotgun. 5lb 9oz. Single trigger (selective). Straight english stock  to a checkered butt with toe and heel plates  Great case colors, great engraving on a scalloped frame. Knockout wood. Price: $25,995

J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock.  Straigh grip English StockPrice: $1,895
Serial Number: 125798
Chambers: 2 3/4
Ejectors: extractor
Action: Boxlock
Triggers: Double

J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock. Straigh grip English Stock
J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock. Straigh grip English Stock

Gauge: 12ga
Stock Comb: 1 1/2
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
Fore End: Splinter
LOP: 14.75
Weight: 7lbs 14oz
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: full

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BOSS BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK
BOSS BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK

BOSS BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK#793X 26 1/2″ SELF OPENER 006 AND 010 2 3/4 CHAMBERS SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP  CHECKERED BUTT MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 5LBS 4 OZ X 1 3/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $59,500

WESTLEY RICHARDS SIDELOCK 20- OVERALL 95% ORIG- 26" EJECT Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIG- 98% ENGRAVING- 1965- 5 Lbs. 9 Oz.- ENGLISH STOCK 14 3/4"- CASED
WESTLEY RICHARDS SIDELOCK 20- OVERALL 95% ORIG- 26″ EJECT Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIG- 98% ENGRAVING- 1965- 5 Lbs. 9 Oz.- ENGLISH STOCK 14 3/4″- CASED

WESTLEY RICHARDS SIDELOCK 20- OVERALL 95% ORIG- 26″ EJECT Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIG- 98% ENGRAVING- 1965- 5 Lbs. 9 Oz.- ENGLISH STOCK 14 3/4″- CASED#19134, Westley Richards & Co. Birmingham, England: A Bar Action Hand Detachable Sidelock Ejector 20 Bore Made in 1965, 26″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels proved at 3 1/4 tons and original 2 3/4″ chambers, The bores at .618 .013 & .030″ (Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on both barrels at .034″, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/16″ over a checkered butt, Cast-Off for the right hand, Great game gun weight at 5 lbs. 9 oz., 98% coverage of scroll engraving, Very Nice wood with excellent color and contrast, 98% original case colors, Original barrel black that remains at 95%, Original wood finish that remains at 95% with very light handling marks, The original checkering remains at 99%, The barrels inside and out look like the day they left Westley, The barrel striking is excellent, It is cased in the maker’s leather trunk with all the accessories and the factory trade label. Here is a Sidelock Westley that almost qualifies like new and remains in excellent condition for a piece that has been around 51 years. The new replacement for this exact gun is considerably higher. Nice piece. Price: $26,900

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE BOXLOCK 16GA, 29" NEW
F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE BOXLOCK 16GA, 29″ NEW

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE BOXLOCK 16GA, 29″ NEW: Price  $19,000
Choke  IC
Choke 2  M
Trigger  DT (Double)
Stock  Straight Grip
Forearm  Splinter Forearm
Rib  Smooth Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened Receiver
Engraving Type  Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving
Other Options  Upgraded action shape with Sculptured & scalloped receiver, Checkered butt
Condition  NEW
Weight 6#3oz
Dimensions 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 7/8 with 1/4 cast off

Holland & Holland Double rifle in classic 450 3 1/4"with perfect bores
Holland & Holland Double rifle in classic 450 3 1/4″with perfect bores

Holland & Holland Double rifle in classic 450 3 1/4″with perfect bores:
Serial Number: 11484. I wish we could get more with condition and quality like this one. 26″ bbls, 14 5/8″ LOP, weight 8lbs, 6.5oz. Back action, rebounding locks. This H&H still retains considerable case color and the bores appear as new, bright and fresh. Even the stock finish appears original. It has been our experience these 450 BPE Hollands shoot extremely well both with the nitro for black loads and black powder. Price: $8,600

Ruger Red Label 28 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
Ruger Red Label 28 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

Ruger Red Label 28 Gauge Over Under ShotgunNo marks or dings. Checking is still so sharp that it grabs your fingers when you run them across the checkering. Straight stock with 26 inch barrels and 3 choke tubes. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch. Price: $1,595

The best of the best? Perhaps…

One of the taxidermy displays at the 2016 Safari Club Show in Vegas
One of the taxidermy displays at the 2016 Safari Club Show in Vegas. All animals were full, life size, btw.

Last month, I was fortunate to spend a few day in Las Vegas at Safari Club International’s annual get together. It was a huge show, featuring outfitters, gunmakers and retailers from around the globe. If you were looking to book a hunt to anywhere in the world, find a taxidermist, order a new shotgun from the world’s top makers, or buy an expensive fur coat (oddly, several people were selling these), it was the place to be.

Droplock Westley Richards SxS shotgun. Pic from WR website
Droplock Westley Richards SxS shotgun. Pic from WR website

I was there to see the guns, and I have to say, I saw plenty of them. Most of the major makers were there with plenty of new guns on hand for me to inspect. Of these, three makers really stood out: Westley Richards, Boss & Co and Hartmann & Weiss.

Westley Richards’ new droplocks are great doubles, and their sidelocks are nice, too. While far from cheap, both are some of the best guys in the new, best-quality market. Deliver times are reasonable, too.

Boss & Co had two of their new OUs on hand for me to look at. Both were 28 gauges and very impressive.Boss & Co invented the low-profile style OU, and the guns the company is making today retain the style, elegance and quality that made this design so famous. From what I saw at the show, Boss is building the best over-unders coming out of London (and the most of London’s other major makers were at SCI).

Hartmann & Weiss OU shotgun. Pic from H&W site
Hartmann & Weiss OU shotgun. Pic from H&W site

Compared to the other gunmakers, Hartmann & Weiss had one of the smallest booths at the show. But their doubles were hugely impressive. Drop dead ‘friggin gorgeous. The 16 gauge, Boss-style OU had on hand blew me away. It may have been too nice, actually. If it were mine, I don’t know if I could bring myself to use it. Even though it was a standard gun with rose-and-scroll engraving, it looked it deserved to be displayed behind glass forever.

To see some more pics of new doubles by Boss & Co and Hartmann & Weiss, check out these posts from The Explora, Westley Richards’ great blog:

The English and German Gunmakers. Hartmann & Weiss and Boss & Co.

Boss & Co. Over and Under .500 3″NE

BOSS & Co. 20 & 28g. OVER AND UNDER.

A HARTMANN & WEISS 20g Over and Under Engraved by Alan Brown.

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