A 12-BORE BEESLEY 1880 PATENT SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR LIVE PIGEON GUN, serial no. 18527,
28in. sleeved nitro barrels, retaining original raised matt rib inscribed 'A. FRANCOTTE LICENSED BY J. PURDEY & SONS - VON LENGERKE & DETMOLD NEW YORK US AGENTS', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. full choke in both, broad treble-grip action with hidden third bite, side-clips, fences carved in high relief with fleur de lys motifs on a finely matted background, broad toplever, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, incorporating Beesley 1880 patent self-opening system, articulated front trigger, profusely engraved with best fine bouquet and scroll engraving, the lockplates signed 'A. FRANCOTTE MAKER & PATENTEE. LONDON.', retaining much renewed colour-hardening and finish, 14 7/8in. boldly-figured replacement stock with matching replacement fore-end wood, weight 7lb. 7oz., in a brass cornered leather case
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