79. Fine Boss & Co. Assisted Opening Sidelock Double Ejectorgun

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serial #7661, 12 ga., 29" barrels are choked improved cylinder and modified showing bright excellent bores. This shotgun was completed on March 27, 1929 for Mr. G.D.B. Bonbright of Rochester, New York and Pimlico Plantation, South Carolina. The barrels show the proper Dover Street address and is additionally engraved "MADE IN ENGLAND". The barrels are properly London nitro proofed with 2 1/2" chambers for 1 1/8 oz. load. The chambers have subsequently been opened to 2 3/4". The action is engraved in rose and scroll with each lock being engraved "BOSS & CO.". The barrels retain about 95% evenly thinning blue which appears to be original with engraving remaining sharp around the breeches and with flats and lugs showing proper polish. The action and locks retain about 95% original color case-hardened finish which has softened just slightly and has a wonderful appearance. The triggerguard retains about 70% thinning original blue finish and has a rolled edge for a right handed shooter. The checkered straight grip stock and splinter forearm are of beautifully figured English walnut and rate excellent with lots of original hand rubbed oil finish remaining and with crisp edges, fine strong checkering and lovely dropper points. The exterior forend metal is fully engraved in tight scroll and there is a crack beginning at the rear of each lock, they are minor and should be an easy repair. The action is equipped with cocking indicators and the safety has a taller than normal checkered knob. The gun has a 14 1/2" length of pull over its solid red rubber pad and a 3/8" black spacer. A copy of the original ledger page is included with the shotgun, it shows the gun being made as a single gun with 2 triggers for Mr. Bonbright listing his addresses in South Carolina and Rochester, NY, 12 gauge, 29" barrels, 2 5/8 chamber, large knob on safety, 2 3/4 bend, 13 3/4 length, 3/8" cast off, engraved G.D.B.B., to be ready in London 1st August. The gold escutcheon in the toeline of stock now bears the intials "S.E.P.". Mr. Bonbright was a successful stock broker in Rochester being a member of the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. He purchased Pimlico Plantation in 1925 and was an avid sportsman. He is probably most well known for developing the Bonbright Streamer which was an adaptation of a Maine Landlock salmon fly that he modified and used with great success fishing Tarpon. The shotgun is very honest and in a very fine state of condition with robust ejectors. The barrels show a wall thickness which is over .025" for almost all areas with one area in the right tube toward the muzzle before the choke where it gets to .022". The gun comes in a leather luggage style Abercrombie & Fitch case. A fine double gun by one of the world's most respected makers. (18111-3) {C&R} (15,000/25,000) SOLD FOR $21,850.00

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