A GRIFNEE-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 91231,
27 5/8in. (70cm) nitro chopperlump barrels with raised matt rib, tubes engraved 'AUGUSTE FRANCOTTE BREVETE LIEGE', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/2 and 3/4 choke, automatic safety, removable striker discs, cocking-indicators, articulated front trigger, best fine acanthus scroll engraving, the triggerplate signed 'PH. GRIFNEE. 75', bright finish overall, 14 1/2in. well-figured stock, weight 6lb. 10oz.
Other Notes: The engraver, Philippe Grifnee universally recognised as being one of the worlds finest gun engravers, sadly passed away in May 2012 at the age of 59.
He graduated from the Liege School of Engraving in 1970, having spent much of his time there under the tutelage of the renowned Rene Delcour. He refined his skills at Auguste Francotte between 1970 and 1988, and returned to the Liege School of Engraving, this time as a teacher.
In 1988, his talent was recognised by Holland & Holland and he engraved a number of guns for them - which lead to a contract with them to exclusively engrave their guns between 1992 and 1997. After his contract ended, he continued to work on Holland and Holland guns and his skills were also retained by James Purdey & Sons.
He was twice awarded medals for his work by the Belgian Government, a silver medal in 1992 and a gold in 1999.
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