259. Splendid Westley Richards Scalloped Action Hand Detachable Droplock Double Ejectorgun

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serial #18497, 20 bore, 27'' Whitworth steel barrels are choked .006'' and .011'' (about improved cylinder and a loose modified) with bright excellent bores. It appears the gun was originally made with 2 1/2'' chambers but was opened to 2 3/4'' and was reproofed and overstamped with the current length and pressure by the Birmingham proof house. The top of concave rib is engraved with the 23 Conduit St. address and the gun has dual locking underlugs with third fastener in dolls head rib extension. The shotgun remains in fabulous condition retaining 99% London black finish on barrels with all engraving remaining sharp and clear. The action retains 99% brilliant color case-hardened finish with floorplate showing 90% London black finish; the triggerguard retains 99% finish with sharp engraving. This finish looks original, but under magnification there is a small area of very fine pitting on the breechface, aside from that there is no evidence that the gun was refinished. The checkered straight grip walnut stock and horn tipped splinter forend are flawless replacements and show nice figure and retain 99% finish overall with checkering remaining very sharp. The ejectors are in time and function flawlessly. The shotgun handles wonderfully weighing 5 1/2 lbs. and with a 15 1/8'' length of pull over its original checkered butt and showing drops of 1 1/2'' and 2 1/2''. We contacted Westley Richards by phone for a configuration check and they stated the following ''20 bore, 27'' barrels, improved cylinder and full, detachable lock, 2 triggers, Whitworth steel barrels, straight stock 14 1/4'', 5 lbs. 7 1/2 oz., purchased by Dr. Sidney Sharples in July 1942 from Westley Richards' Birmingham shop''. The difference in stock dimensions is the only way one could tell that this stock was not in fact original. The shotgun comes cased in a leather trunk style case with Westley Richards label on interior lid. The accessories are a cleaning rod, oiler and snap caps. This is a very handsome and crisp smallbore Westley Droplock. (18963-151) {C&R} [Tim Falvey Collection] (10,000/15,000) Sold For 8050.00

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