*BEAUTIFUL CASED SIDELOCK FRANK E. MALIN & SON DBL BBL SHOTGUN. Cal. 20 ga. SN 80028. Spectacular sidelock English dbl with 26″ bbls choked IMP-CYL/IMP-CYL with smooth concave tapered rib, sgl bead with hidden third fastener, dbl chopper lump with ejectors & dbl triggers, front articulated. Right bbl is engraved “FINEST PRESSED FLUID STEEL” & left engraved “GUN MAKERS TO THE NOBILITY & GENTRY. Rib is engraved with maker’s name & address with cities “MELBOURNE” & “LONDON”. Receiver & lockplates are spectacularly relief engraved by Collins with lockplates having simple but elegant foliate arabesque patterns with maker’s name on each side in a flowing ribbon. It has cocked indicators. Receiver is also relief engraved with feather patterns around edges & oak leaf & acorn patterns on fences. There is a large rosette around each end of hinge pin. Opening lever, top tang, safety, trigger guard & forend iron are beautifully engraved to match. All engraving has a very fine stippled background. Engraving extends about 2″ up rib with feather border patterns around chamber ends of bbl. Mounted with highly figured shell grain pattern walnut with full checkered forearm & straight stock with raised teardrop side panels, 14-1/2″ over an incredibly fine checkered butt. Checkering on stock & forearm are about 32-lines & on butt at least 36-lines per inch. Accompanied by its orig maker’s brown leather, red felt lined trunk case with maker’s label in lid, compartmented in bottom for shotgun, a Malin & Heimbecker square oil bottle, a pair of snap caps & a 2-pc wood & brass cleaning rod with bits. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Bore restrictions: left – .005, right – .006. Wall thickness: left – .027, right – .024. Bore diameter: left – .616, right – .617. Weight: 6 lbs. .64 oz. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, as new. Retains virtually all of its brilliant orig finish to both metal & wood. There are a few very light handling & storage marks in wood, a small scratch or two on bbls & no other discernible flaws. Case colors are brilliant. Blue is brilliant & wood is beautiful. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores. Case has a few handling & storage scratches on lid with some slight fading to interior & minor wear in lid lining, otherwise is fine. 4-56664 JR633 (7,500-10,000)
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