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*JOHN DICKSON LIGHTWEIGHT ROUND ACTION SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 7180. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Chopper lump bbls are engraved “John Dickson & Son. 63 Princes Street Edinburgh” on swamped, concave, game rib, with third bite extension. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with “Vickers Steel”. Classically filed, case hardened, round bar, trigger plate, ejector action is stamped with patent use number on water table (1683) and features pivoting bite third fastener, automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and has what appears to be orig, Boss single trigger marked “Boss’s Patent No 22894”. (Not listed in factory ledger.) Action is engraved with exceptionally well cut, small, shaded scroll with rose bouquet highlights. (Most of Dickson’s prewar engraving was done by Jack Sumner.) “John Dickson & Son” is on each side of action, and “Dickson’s Patent” is gold inlaid on bottom. Blued top lever, trigger plate, and single beaded, small bow trigger guard are also scroll engraved. SN is at grip. Finely figured and well marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-7/8″ over 1-1/4″ brown leather covered pad. Stock features diamond hand, point pattern checkering with line borders, and a gold oval on toe line engraved with initials “R J H”. Matching splinter forend is marked with action patent use number on iron, and has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.011 (Lt Mod), right -.007 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.023, right -.022. Drop at heel: 2-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″. Makers leather case with brass corners, is embossed “W B M” on top, and interior is lined in dark green velvet, with large paper Dickson label on lid. Case contains 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod with mop, brush, and jag, a box of H & H cleaning patches, an H & H bench cloth, along with Dickson marked square oil bottle, and snap caps. PROVENANCE: Copy of factory ledger pages and cover letter from John Dickson & Son. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a fine satin re-blue, engraving a bit thinned. Action retains approx 70% orig case hardening color, quite strong where protected, silvered on fences, top tang, and bottom. Top lever, floorplate, and trigger guard are re-blued, and retain nearly all of that blue, engraving still quite good. Stocks retain nearly all of an older oil finish, with a few minor marks, wood slightly below metal of top tang. Pad is new. Checkering re-cut. Bores are excellent, with a hint of frosting and slight striations at breech ends. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are strong, and slightly out of time. Trigger works. Case leather is good, darkening, with considerable chipping of top grain on edges, and a number of light marks. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is very fine, with some soiling and compressions from gun, bbls, and dividers. Partitions are good. Accessories are very fine. Bench cloth is slightly soiled. A fine example of this iconic shotgun. 4-49188 MGM267 (12,500-17,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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