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*VERY FINE “GOLDEN AGE” BOSS 20 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 7985. (ca 1932) Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Chopper lump bbls are engraved “Boss & Co. Albemarle Street. Piccadilly. London. W.” and “Made in England” on narrow, swamped, concave game rib. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 7/8 oz shot, and “2-3/4″”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. Petite, case hardened, sidelock action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers. Action is engraved with nearly full coverage exceptionally well detailed, cleanly cut, very small, shaded scroll with 20 rose bouquets in typical Boss house style, and is undoubtedly the work of noted London engraver Jack Sumner. “Boss & Co” is on each lockplate. Single beaded trigger guard has more scroll on bow and has SN in semi relief at grip. Beautifully marbled and lightly burl figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/4″ over thin black “Decelerator” pad. Traditional point pattern checkering is at grip, and classic drop points behind locks. Matching splinter forend with Anson release is fitted with Boss’ highly regarded ejectors, that lift cartridges well clear of bbls when acting as plain extractors. Bore diameter: left-.615, right -.615. Bore restrictions: left -.020 (Full), right -.008 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.025, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-3/4″. PROVENANCE: Factory ledger page no. 294, dated 3 Oct. 1931, with specifications for this gun. Made for Carl Holmes “For Mother”. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain essentially all of a very fine satin re-blue. Action retains 50-60% orig case hardening color, vivid where protected, silvered on fences, bottom beads, and silver turning to brown on bottom of action. Lockplates retain nearly all of their very fine orig color. Top lever is silvered at thumbpiece. Trigger guard re-blued, and retains nearly all of that blue. New buttstock is by noted ex-Purdey stocker, David Trevallion, replicating orig measurements except for additional 3/4″ LOP, and is presently “cast on”. Buttstock retains nearly all of its orig finish. Checkering is still light. Orig forend is nicely refinished, checkering correctly re-cut. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are strong and in time. Simply a delightful little gun, with bbls measuring perfectly. 4-49126 MGM178 (40,000-60,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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