JOHN RIGBY & CO.
A 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR WILDFOWLING GUN, serial no. 18068,
30in. nitro chopperlump barrels with raised tapered file-cut rib, engraved in gothic script 'JOHN RIGBY & CO. 43, SACKVILLE ST. LONDON.', 3in. chambers, bored approx. full choke in both, treble-grip action with fluted leaf fences, the toplever engraved with a dogs head, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, dipped-edge lockplates with gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, finely carved with bold acanthus scrollwork, the underside with a vignette of a duck in flight, the lockplates with later engraving of gold-inlaid fowl and retaining some colour-hardening,14 5/8in. replacement highly-figured semi-pistolgrip stock (cracked at hand) including 1in. wooden extension, weight 7lb. 7oz., in a leather case
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed the following details from their records:
Gun Serial: 18068
Date Sold: 10 August 1927
Description: Best hammerless ejector
Sold to: C. M. Harmsworth
Bore: 12-b (3")
Barrel Length: 30"
Stock Length: 14 7/16"
Remarks: Straight hand grip, a-r pad
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act