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*ED ZERN’S BOSS AND CO. ROUND ACTION SIDELOCK, COMPLETELY LEFT HANDED, GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 5617. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Sleeved bbls with concave game rib, are stamped on flats with old London nitro proofs, and Birmingham nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers, also with “SLEEVED” and “W. R” (Westley Richards). Bottoms of new tubes are stamped with Birmingham proofs and SNs. Boss round bodied, case hardened action is stocked to the fences, and features non-automatic safety, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and Miller single selective trigger (intercepting sears removed). Action and lockplates are engraved in classic “best” Boss fashion, with 18 rose bouquets surrounded by well cut small scroll. “Boss Patent” is on both sides of action. Gun was built for a left hand shooter, with top lever pivoting to the left. Single beaded trigger guard has bead on left side. Beautifully marbled and flame figured European walnut straight grip buttstock is cast-on, and measures 13-3/4″ over brown leather covered pad. Classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip, and a gold oval on toe line is engraved “E. Z”. Matching splinter Boss ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.005 (Skeet), right -.007 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.040. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. Abercrombie & Fitch VC leather case with stitched leather corners, has oval leather overlaid medallion embossed “James E. Fender” on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth with paper Boss label on lid, and contains 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod, and a pair of A & F marked snap caps. PROVENANCE: From the collection of noted writer, J. E. Fender, who intends to write an article on this gun. Copies of correspondence between gun writer, Ed Zern, (Field and Stream – Exit Laughing, as well as many other articles and several books) and Abercrombie & Fitch, as well as Holland & Holland, regarding the interesting story of Zern’s purchase of this gun from A & F in 1964, and having it re-sleeved by H & H in 1970. CONDITION: Excellent, as refurbished. Bbls retain nearly all of a satin re-blue. Action and lockplates retain most of their orig case hardening color, vivid where protected, and they have been lacquered. Stocks retain nearly all of a high quality oil finish, with a few subsequent minor marks and repairs, checkering correctly re-cut. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case leather is darkening and has a considerable number of scuffs and marks. Handle is fine, with some loose stitching. Straps are good, one partially detached. Interior cloth is fine with some soil and compressions from contact with gun, as well as some mildew. Label is fine with some slight soiling. Accessories are fine. An unusual gun with an interesting history. 4-48899 MGM219 (12,500-17,500)


Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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