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*VERY FINE AND VERY RARE JAMES WOODWARD PIGEON GUN WITH CASE. SN 7112. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Chopper lump bbls with slightly raised, flat, matted rib are engraved “James Woodward & Sons.” and “29 Bury Street. St. James’s. London. England.” on tops. 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 SN. Robust, full sidelock, case hardened action is stocked to the fences, and features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, side clips, hidden third fastener, gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers with front trigger articulated. Action is filed with simple beads on bar, and classic Woodward arcaded fences. Action and lockplates are engraved with about 80% coverage very well cut, small, shaded scroll. “J. Woodward & Sons” is on each lockplate. Top lever and trigger guard are blued and also scroll engraved. SN is at grip. Beautifully marbled and lightly figured European walnut buttstock measures 15-1/8″ over black leather covered pad, and features slight diamond hand, drop points, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a gold oval on toe line engraved with monogram “SO” (Woodward records indicate that it was made for “Sami Ozan”). Matching large (factory records indicate 9-1/8″) splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.032 (Full), right -.021 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 15-1/8″. Makers oak and leather case with brass corners, is embossed “J. F. T. Jr.” on top. Interior is lined in scarlet cloth, with gold embossed black leather Woodward label and secondary paper instruction label on lid. Case contains 2-pc hard rubber and brass cleaning rod with mop, jag, and brush in black morocco wallet. Most of the other accessories are Woodward marked including: glass oil bottle with green label, two Japanned tins with brass tops (one with green label, the other unmarked), pair of horn bodied snap caps with German silver heads marked with patent information, and nickel-plated brass striker bottle with strikers, marked with SN. PROVENANCE: Copy of orig Woodward ledger. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of an excellent quality, dark, London re-black, engraving clear, rib slightly softened. Action retains a considerable amount, perhaps 30%, orig case hardening color, vivid where protected. Lockplates retain a similar amount of their color, over all appearance is a very pleasing mottled silver to pewter gray. Pin heads have been fire blued, and retain nearly all of that brilliant blue. Top lever and trigger guard retain nearly all of a re-blue, engraving still sharp. Stocks retain nearly all of an old rubbed oil finish over a few light marks, and with a number of subsequent minor handling marks. Checkering correctly and competently re-cut. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout, with no visible imperfections. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. A correct glimmer of light shows between bbl flats and water table when gun is closed. Ejectors are strong and in time. Case leather is very fine, with a few knocks and scuffs, mostly along edges. Straps are new, and excellent. Orig handle is fine. Interior cloth has been renewed, and is excellent, with only some minor compressions and light soiling. Makers label is very fine. Instruction label is foxed and has some soiling. Accessories are fine. Snap caps have some stray dents and scratches. Top of oil bottle is loose, and glass is missing its ferule. Woodward made very few pigeon guns, and this example which measures perfectly, is simply a lovely gun. 4-49315 MGM264 (27,500-37,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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