Lot 1431: J. WOODWARD & SONS A 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5521,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
J. WOODWARD & SONS
A 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5521,
29in. nitro reproved Whitworth-steel chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved ''JAMES WOODWARD & SONS. 64 ST. JAMES''S STREET. LONDON. S.W. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH''S FLUID PRESSED STEEL.'', and gold-inlaid ''1'' at the breech end, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, treble-grip action with hidden third bite, arcaded fences, removable striker discs, toplever gold-inlaid ''1'', automatic safety (at fault) with gold-inlaid ''SAFE'' detail, protruding tumbler pivots with gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving, the lockplates with the makers name in elaborate cartouches, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening, 14 3/4in. well-figured Prince of Wales grip stock (crack to right overhorn) including 1/2in. wooden extension, chequering worn smooth, fore-end wood with minor damage to leading right edge, weight 6lb. 9oz., in its brass-cornered oak and leather case with some accessories, the lid outer marked ''HONble R.A. CAMPBELL''
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was made as a ''12-bore best quality double barrel hammerless ejector gun completed in December 1901 for Hon. Ralph A. Campbell, barrel length 29".
Lt.-Col. Hon. Ralph Alexander Campbell was born on 18 February 1877.1 He was the son of Frederick Archibald Vaughan Campbell of Cawdor, 3rd Earl Cawdor of Castlemartin and Edith Georgiana Turnor. He married, firstly, Marjorie Theophila Fowler, daughter of Sir John Arthur Fowler, 2nd Bt. and Alice Janet Clive Bayley, on 1 December 1906.1 He married, secondly, Marjorie Edith Devas, daughter of Horace George Devas, on 14 January 1914. He died on 1 August 1945 at age 68.
He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England. He fought in the Sudan Campaign in 1898. He fought in the Boer War between 1899 and 1902, where he was mentioned in despatches twice. He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the Cameron Highlanders. He was Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1919.