Fine Modern & Antique Arms - March 2023 : Sale A0323 Lot 1457
J. RIGBY & CO. A 12-BORE CLASS B SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 16558,

Product Details

A 12-BORE 'CLASS B' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 16558,
for 1897, 30in. nitro chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved in gothic script 'JOHN RIGBY & CO. 72 ST. JAMES'S STREET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, treble-grip action with removable striker discs, the action face marked '2522 CLASS B', automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, dipped-edge lockplates (slight setting cracks to stock at rear of lockplates), bold acanthus scroll engraving with ornate bordering, brushed bright and reblued finish, 14 3/8in. figured stock including steel buttplate, fore-end with 'Rigby's Patent' grip-catch release lever, weight 6lb. 13oz., in a brass-cornered leather case

Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was completed in 1897 as a 'Class B toplever hammerless non-ejector gun, barrel and action no. 2566 & 2522'.
The barrels have a barrel number of 2895 and are proofed post 1904, suggesting Rigby's re-barrelled the gun and converted it to an ejector at the same time

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Estimate £1,000-1,500

S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act