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*E. J. CHURCHILL “FIELD” QUALITY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 4593. (1931) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 25″ Dovetailed bbls with matted Churchill rib, gold inlaid XXV, are engraved “E. J. Churchill (Gun Makers) Ltd” and “Orange St., Leicester Square, London.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/4 oz of shot and 2-3/4″. SN is engraved on bottoms of bbls. “Made in England” is on splinter. Case hardened sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features hidden third fastener, automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and double triggers. Action and lockplates are engraved with about 80% coverage of very well cut, medium, shaded scroll with rose bouquet highlights in classic London manner. “E. J. Churchill” is on each lockplate and bottom of action is engraved “The Field” “Model”. Well figured, stump European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 15-1/16″ over black leather covered pad, and features a high comb, drop points, typical point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a large vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.010 (IC), right -.007 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.036, right -.038. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 15-1/16″. Maker’s leather VC case with stitched leather corners and two brass spring locks, is lined in burgundy cloth, and has gold embossed black leather Churchill label on lid. Case contains 2-pc wood and brass cleaning rod with brush, mop and jag, as well as a pair of Churchill marked snap caps. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 95 – 98% orig blue, silvered at muzzles and thinning slightly at normal carry point. Action retains approx 90% orig case hardening color, silvered mostly on beads and tips of fences. Lockplates retain nearly all of their orig case hardening color. Top lever and trigger plate retain most of their orig charcoal blue, thumbpiece slightly silvered. Trigger guard retains nearly all of an old re-blue. Stocks retain essentially all of what appears to be their orig finish with only a few minor marks, from careful handling over the years. Bores are excellent, smooth, bright, and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case leather is still light in color, has a number of scuffs and abrasions, and some tape removal marks. Interior cloth is very fine, with a few rubs from contact with gun, with an area rubbed through from contact with bbl extension. Accessories are excellent. Label is excellent. A well fitted and finished “golden age” heavy proof sidelock gun, it balances and handles well, and retailed for 60 pounds in 1933. 4-47796 MGM28 (5,000-8,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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