Lot 1218: WILLIAM EVANS A 9.3X74R BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, serial no. 6571,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
A 9.3X74R BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, serial no. 6571,
26in. nitro reproved barrels (rechambered to 9.3x74R and London proofed in 1997), raised file cut rib, open sights and two folding leaf sights with white metal inlaid sight lines and marked 100, 200 and 300, ramped bead fore-sight with flip-up moonsight, the breech end mounted with a Swarovski Habicht 1,5-4,5x20A Nova telescopic sight in quickly-detachable mounts, the rings engraved with the makers name, serial number and calibre designation, the tubes engraved ''WILLIAM EVANS, FROM PURDEYS. 63 PALL MALL. ST. JAMES''S LONDON.'', (sic) and ''CAL 9.3X74R 285GR'', slender treble-grip action with removable striker discs, intercepting sears, automatic safety with gold-inlaid ''SAFE'' detail, fine acanthus scroll engraving with ornate scrolling bordering and ''WILLIAM EVANS FROM PURDEY''S. LONDON.'', the triggerguard gold-inlaid with the serial number, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening and much renewed finish, 14in. highly-figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, engraved steel pistolgrip-cap, sling eyes, detachable comb raiser, engraved steel buttplate, bolstered fore-end with grip-catch release, weight 8lb. 15oz. (unscoped) and 9lb. 15oz. (with scope), in a canvas and leather motor case
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this rifle was completed in 1904 as a .400/.360 with 26in. barrels. It was made for Lord Alan Percy
Alan Ian Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland (17th April 1880 - 23rd August 1930) served as a Captain in the Grenadier Guards during the South African War from 1901 to 1902, obtaining the Queen''s Medal. In 1908 he was in the Sudan Campaign, taking part in the operations in Southern Kordofan and gaining the Egyptian medal. For a time he acted as Aide-de-Camp to Earl Grey.
During his time as ADC in Canada he undertook a wager to walk 111 miles from one city to another in three days - despite blizzards and heavy snowfall, he completed the challenge and won the wager. During the First World War he served with the Grenadier Guards, working with the Intelligence Department to provide eyewitness accounts of battles and the front line.