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*RARE .410 JOHN ROBERTSON OF BOSS BOXLOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 7827. (1930) Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. According to Ron Gabriel in AMERICAN AND BRITISH .410 SHOTGUNS, this is the very first of twelve .410 boxlock guns made by Boss under the Robertson name. SNs are included in the normal run of Boss numbers. These guns were made between 1930 to post WWII. This gun and all the others have 26″ dovetailed bbls. Narrow, concave rib is engraved “John Robertson, 41. Albemarle St. London.” (Boss’s prewar address) Bbl flats are stamped with British nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers. SN is engraved on bottom of left bbl. The diminutive, case hardened, boxlock action features automatic safety (SAFE silver inlaid), and double triggers. (Mr. Gabriel relates that these guns were actioned and barreled by John Harper.) Action is engraved with about 70% coverage well cut medium scroll. “John Robertson” is in scroll terminated ribands on each side. Well streaked and lightly fiddle figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/16″ over checkered wood butt, and features side panels, flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.386 (Full?), right -.401 (IC?). Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 4 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-5/16″. Green canvas case with brown leather trim is lined in brownish cloth, and has an Edward Whistler gold embossed black leather label on lid. CONDITION: Very fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a fine satin re-blue, engraving still sharp. Action retains 50 – 60% orig case hardening color. Floorplate retains 30 – 40% orig blue. Top lever retains most of its blue, silvered on thumbpiece and slightly flaked. Trigger guard is mostly silver. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish with a number of minor marks and scratches. Checkering is slightly worn and dark. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are strong and in time. Case cloth is very fine, with some rubs through, leather trim rubbed. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is fine with some rubs and soiling. Label is very fine. A lovely, scarce, little zephyr. 4-49284 (7,500-12,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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