E. J. CHURCHILL
A MATCHED PAIR OF 12-BORE (2IN.) 'UTILITY XXV EASY OPENING MODEL' BOXLOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 5543 / 5548,
25in. nitro barrels, matt Churchill ribs gold-inlaid 'XXV' and '1' and '2', the tubes engraved E.J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) LTD. ORANGE ST. GUNWORKS. LEICESTER SQUARE. LONDON.', the breech and muzzle ends deeply carved with stylised acanthus scroll detailing, 2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/2 choke both (No.1) and 3/4 and full choke (No.2), wall thicknesses below recommended minimum, some external pits No.1, slender fences, toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, the undersides gold-inlaid 'XXV' and engraved with the model designation, 13 7/8in. replacement stocks, swept and cast for central vision, diminutive fore-ends, weight 5lb. 1oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the guns were ordered by a Captain R.A. Wilson R.N. on the 5th October 1936 and 22nd October 1936 respectively
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