A 12-BORE J. THOMAS 1870 PATENT 'SOLID SELF-LOCKING VERTICAL GRIP' ROTATING-BOLT SINGLE-BITE SNAP-ACTION TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 1346,
circa 1874, serial number on fore-end only, 30in. nitro reproved bold damascus barrels, rib with fine acanthus scroll detailing at the breech end and engraved '1', monogrammed 'SK' and engraved 'CHAS. INGRAM. B18 RENFIELD ST. GLASGOW', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, John Thomas patent single-bite action, patent no. 324 of 4th February 1870, use number 1335, carved percussion fences, toplever engraved '1', rebounding sidelocks with dolphin hammers, fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral and beaded bordering, the lockplates with vignettes of hound and fowl, the makers name in a bow shaped banner held by a stylised lions head, the triggerguard with further scene of hound and fowl, the triggerguard tang with a brace of grouse, retaining very slight traces of colour-hardening, 14 1/2in. highly-figured replacement stock with chequered horn buttplate, silver oval escutcheon with the monogram SK surmounted by the coronet of an Earl, fore-end with Deeley & Edge patent release catch, weight 7lb. 4oz., in a brass-cornered oak lined case with Charles Ingram trade label
Provenance: The vendor has kindly informed us that the SK monogram under an Earl's coronet is likely to refer to the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (21 July 1824 - 16th February 1904), was the great-grandfather to the late Queen Elizabeth II
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act