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SN 7802. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This wonderful gun, ordered in 1930, remains in exceptionally fine, mostly original, condition, and has 30″ chopper lump bbls with flat, matted, pigeon rib. Tops of bbls are engraved “Boss & Co 13, Dover Street, Piccadilly, London, W.” and “Made in England”. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers, and 1-1/4 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs and Whitworth sheaf of wheat logos. Robust, sidelock action is stocked to the fences, and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, and dbl triggers. Action and lockplates are engraved in typical Boss house style rose and scroll with 19 rose bouquets, most likely done by the revered Jack Sumner. “Boss & Co” is on the front of each lockplate. Matching blued single beaded trigger guard has SN relief engraved on long tang. Finely streaked, and lightly fiddle figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered wood butt. Stock features classic drop points, point pattern grip checkering, and a gold oval on toe line engraved “R. B. A.” In typical Boss fashion the toe line has a reverse camber of approx 3/16″ giving a sleek racy look. Matching splinter Boss ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left -.729, right – .729. Bore restrictions: left – .035 (full), right – .034 (full) (there is a .001 recess before the lead of each choke, as often done in pigeon guns so they would pattern with a “hot” center). Wall thickness: left – .026, right – .029. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Cast slightly off. Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Fine quality leather case with leather corners has central brass oval on top. Interior is lined in green cloth, and has reproduction Boss Cork Street label in lid. Case contains a pair of A&F snap caps and a Griffin & Howe engraved oil bottle. PROVENANCE: Consignor notes regarding measurements. Factory order sheet confirming all specifications. The only difference noted is that the ordered bend at heel was to be 2-1/4″, but measures 2-7/16″. The gun appears to have been made this way, and not altered. CONDITION: Excellent, original, with essentially no alterations, with the exception of engraving on oval. Bbls retain 90 – 95% orig blue. Action retains 70 – 80% orig case hardening color, silvered on beads and fences, thinning on bottom. Lockplates retain nearly all of their orig color. Top lever is silvered at thumbpiece. Trigger guard retains most of its blue, silvered on bead, and considerably at grip from normal hand wear. Engraving remains clear. Blue on forend iron is still vivid. Top lever screw shows use and widening. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig hand rubbed oil finish with a number of light and somewhat heavier marks and scratches, finish thinning a bit on comb and at grip. Checkering lightly worn. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout, with no visible pings or imperfections. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are strong and in time. Case is excellent with some marks on exterior. Interior cloth has some rubs and dust. Simply a lovely gun. 50623-2 MGM20 (40,000-60,000) C&R – Lot 3255

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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