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*J. P. MORGAN, JR.’S PAIR OF HENRY ATKIN SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUNS WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 2564/ 2565. (ca 1923) Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. This fine pair of guns are gold inlaid “1” and “2” in the usual places. 30″ Chopper lump bbls are engraved “Henry Atkin Ltd (From Purdey’s) 88 Germyn St London. S. W.” on narrow, swamped game rib. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot. SNs are stamped on bottoms of bbls. Case hardened, Purdey type, self-opening actions are built on Henry Atkin’s adaptation of Beasley’s famous patent, whereby the internal parts were shaped so as to make the guns easier to close than in “other” self-openers. Actions feature automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, and single non-selective triggers. Actions are engraved with exceptionally well cut, small, shaded scroll surrounding rose bouquets, in classic British “best” style. “Henry Atkin” is engraved on the bottom of each lockplate, and on bottom of actions over “From Purdey’s”. Trigger guards are engraved with open, flowing scroll, and with SNs on short tangs. Gun no. “1” has lightly veined European walnut. Gun no. “2” is dark, with finely marbled and nicely figured European walnut. Both guns have straight grip buttstocks measuring 14-3/4″ over coarsely checkered wood butts, and feature drop points, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and gold ovals on toe lines engraved with monogram, “JPM”. Matching splinter ejector forends have Anson releases. Gun no. “1”: Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.022 (Mod), right -.006 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.025, right -.025. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14-3/4″. Gun no. “2”: Bore diameter: left-.732, right -.733. Bore restrictions: left -.020 (Mod), right -.004 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.020, right -.016. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-3/4″. Makers oak and leather two gun case with brass corners is embossed “J. P. M.” on top. Case retains its canvas outer cover with leather trim and extra pockets, which also has central leather tag embossed “J. P. M.” and “1 & 2”. Interior of case is lined in scarlet cloth, and has black leather, gold embossed Henry Atkin label on lid, with secondary label tacked in which instructs: “NOTE. To insure proper working it is essential, when opening this gun, that the barrels should be dropped smartly to their fullest extent.” Case contains high quality long 2-pc ebony and brass cleaning rod (short handled) with mop, jag, and Turks head, a black morocco leather wallet containing pull through cleaning equipment, one snap cap marked “Henry Atkin London”, and three marked “J & W Hawksley”, along with a brass topped tin with green label marked “Special cleaning and lubricating oil” with Henry Atkin name and address. PROVENANCE: From the family of banker and philanthropist, J. P. Morgan, Jr. with letter explaining the order of family ownership. Henry S. Morgan Jr. Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain nearly all of an old high quality re-blue with slight silvering at muzzles and on ribs. Engraving is thin. Action of gun no. “1” retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, mostly where protected, but is generally an overall pewter gray. Lockplates have most of their color, considerably thinned. Gun no. “2” retains a bit more color on action, and perhaps 70% on lockplates. Top levers and trigger guards of both guns retain a considerable amount of their orig blue. Gun no. “1” was re-stocked, most likely by the factory, as shaping and quality are of the first order, with only a few minor marks. Checkering is slightly worn. Stock oval reset, engraving a bit thin. Gun no. “2” retains its orig stock, refinished over a number of light and heavy marks, showing considerable wear at butt. Checkering is considerably worn and dirty. There is an incipient crack behind top tang. Both forends have slightly worn checkering. Bores are excellent, with evidence of dent removal on top of right bbl of gun no. “1”, and bottom of left bbl of gun no. “2”. Actions are tight. Bbls of gun no. “1” are on face. Gun no. “2” has right bbl slightly off face. Right ejector trips intermittently on gun no. “1”, and ejectors are very slightly out of time on gun no. “2”. Triggers work. Guns have been in storage for a very long time and can do with a good cleaning. Case leather is fine with considerable staining. The outer cover has considerable mold and mildew from poor storage. Some straps of outer cover are detached and missing. Straps and handle of case are good. Interior cloth is good, with considerable marks and compressions from contact with guns, and with some light insect damage and considerable mildew. Accessories are fine. Label is mildewed. Secondary label is soiled, oil soaked and foxed. Case should clean up nicely. 4-49128 MGM182 (17,500-27,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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