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Lot 1432: J. WOODWARD & SONS A 12-BORE 1876 PATENT ''THE AUTOMATIC'' PUSH-FORWARD UNDERLEVER SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 3937,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
J. WOODWARD & SONS
A 12-BORE 1876 PATENT ''THE AUTOMATIC'' PUSH-FORWARD UNDERLEVER SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 3937,
29in. black powder only Whitworth-steel barrels, the blued damascus steel rib engraved in gothic script ''THE AUTOMATIC'' and ''JAMES WOODWARD & SONS. 64 ST. JAMES''S STREET. LONDON. S.W. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH''S FLUID PRESSED STEEL'', and gold-inlaid ''2'' at the breech end, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, push-forward underlever, T. Southgate and J. Woodward patent ''Automatic'' lever-cocking action, patent no. 600 of 1876, use number 427, incorporating T. Perkes patent ejectors, patent no. 12176 of 8th September 1887, removable striker discs, side-clipped serpentine fences, the top-strap gold-inlaid ''2'', automatic safety with gold-inlaid ''SAFE'' detail, protruding tumbler pivots with starburst surround and gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, best fine border and floral scroll engraving, brushed and blued finish overall, 14in. well-figured stock including horn buttplate, chequering refreshed, weight 6lb. 12oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed the gun was made as a ''12 bore Woodward best quality double barrel hammerless non ejector gun completed in August 1883 for Edward Darell, barrel length 30", number 2 gun of a pair.''
Possibly refers to Sir Lionel Edward Darell, 5th Baronet of Richmond Hill, High Sheriff of Gloucester in 1887.