Fine Modern & Antique Arms - November 2023 : Sale A1123 Lot 1471

Product Details

A 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5699,
for 1904, 29in. Whitworth-steel nitro barrels, the rib engraved 'JAMES WOODWARD & SONS. 64 ST. JAMES'S STREET LONDON S.W. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, minor dents, right wall at 18, arcaded fences, removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, protruding tumbler pivots with gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, fine acanthus scroll engraving, brushed bright and reblued finish, 15 1/8in. figured replacement stock with Prince of Wales grip, weight 6lb. 11oz., in its brass-cornered oak and leather case, with original serial numbered nickel striker pot, Woodward marked chamber brush, turnscrew and cleaning brush and original Woodward labelled glass bottles 'Preparation for Cleaning' and 'Anti-Corrosive Gun Oil' (empty, missing stoppers), with a facsimile 1925 Woodward catalogue

Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:

Completed: 13th October 1904
For: M.P.B. Portman
Description: A hammerless ejector game gun
Weight: 6lb. 12oz.
Calibre: 12-bore
Barrels: 29in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Improved Cylinder & 3/8 Choke
Stock: 14 1/2in.
Action without side clips
Semi-pistolgrip stock

Maurice Percy Berkeley Portman (1884 - 1928) is recorded as serving in the Royal Navy. He was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant in His Majesty's Fleet in 1904, Lieutenant in 1906, Lieutenant-Commander in 1914, and was placed on the Retired List at the rank of Commander on 4 August, 1926

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Estimate £3,000-5,000

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