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3179
$5,750.00

FINE HIGH CONDITION CHARLES LANCASTER HAMMER UNDERLEVER OVAL BORE DOUBLE RIFLE.

SN 05149. Cal. 450 BPE. 28″ Dovetailed steel bbls are fitted with full length matted rib holding one standing leaf express rear sight marked for 50 and 200 yards, and a gold bead front. Tops of bbls are engraved “Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond Street. London.” and “Non-Fouling Smooth Oval Bore Rifling”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with London black powder proofs and “CL”. Case hardened Jones underlever action is fitted with bar locks, having round bodied, serpentine non-rebounding hammers with dolphin heads and tall spurs. Front sliding stocking safeties are fitted, which engage at half cock. Action and locks are engraved with line and geometric borders. “Charles Lancaster London” is on each plate. Trigger guard with SN on bow is checkered on tang, which extends to horn grip cap. Finely fiddle figured and well marbled European walnut deep pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over deeply checkered steel buttplate with long top spur. Flat top checkering with mullered borders is at grip, continuing to a triangle of coarse checkering on toe line pointing to vacant silver oval which is in front of a large steel sling button. Matching splinter forend with inlet steel tip attaches to bbls with captive side nail through shaped steel escutcheons. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-11/16″. Cast: approx 1/8″ off. Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. PROVENANCE: Wayne Eikenberry Collection, Bloomfield, NJ, 1981. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished (?). It appears from the softened engraving and edges of stippling on rib that the bbls have been re-blued. The condition of the remainder of the gun is superb, and it is possible that this bbl blue is original, and may have been re-done a number of times at the factory, to “get it right”. Present blue on the bbls has a number of rubs and marks, and is completely in accord with the 90 – 95% of remaining case hardening colors on action and nearly all the colors on locks. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig hand rubbed oil finish with a few light marks, checkering is lightly worn. Bores are exceptional, with just a hint of frosting. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. 51006-3 MGM251 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3179

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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