Fine Modern & Antique Arms - July 2022 : Sale A0722 Lot 1800

Product Details

for 1895, 30in. nitro reproved fine damascus barrels, rib engraved 'JAMES WOODWARD & SONS, 64 ST. JAMES'S STREET. LONDON. S.W.', and gold-inlaid '2', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke, Jones patent rotary-underlever, carved percussion fences and bolstered action, short top tang gold-inlaid '2', standing breech with Woodward 'Automatic' trademark, rebounding sidelocks with carved dolphin hammers, best bold acanthus scroll engraving, retaining slight traces of original colour-hardening, 14 1/2in. highly-figured stock, weight 6lb. 12oz.

Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in 1895 for Thomas Baring.

Research would indicate that Thomas Baring could be 'Tom' Baring, the tenth child (fifth of second marriage) of Henry Baring of Cromer Hall, and younger full brother of Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke. Like his brother, Baring was involved in the family banking business, beginning his career in the Liverpool office of Barings Bank.

He later moved to New York to join Kidder Peabody. When, in 1890, Kidder Peabody split its dual Boston-New York firm, Baring became a partner in the separated New York firm. He and another Kidder-Peabody alumnus, George C. Magoun, formed Baring, Magoun. Both houses continued as North American agents for Barings.

Following the near-collapse of Barings, which initiated the Panic of 1890, and the death of senior partner "T. C." Baring (a cousin) in 1891, Tom returned to London to become a Managing Director of the reorganized Baring Brothers and Co. Limited in 1892. In 1896 he joined the new Barings partnership formed to oversee the limited company. He remained in both positions until his retirement in 1912. Although Tom was the eldest of the partners, his nephew John Baring, 2nd Baron Revelstoke became head of the firm.

Tom Baring was born at Cromer Hall, Cromer, Norfolk, but never lived there as an adult. The estate was home to his younger brother Evelyn who, after a distinguished career as a statesman, diplomat and colonial administrator, was raised to the peerage as 1st Earl of Cromer.

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Estimate £1,000-1,500

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