** JOHN ROBERTSON
A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 9043,
28in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved with a flash of scroll engraving at the breech end and 'JOHN ROBERTSON. 41. ALBEMARLE STREET. LONDON. W.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and full choke, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving surrounding a banner engraved with the makers name, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 15 3/4in. stock including 1in. wooden extension, weight 6lb. 9oz., in its makers lightweight canvas and leather case
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in 1956.
This gun was formerly owned by Col. John F. Weston-Simons (1920 - 1974) of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars.
A man of impressive stature at 6' 7", Col. Weston-Simons (pictured with Princess Alexandra at the presentation of the Guidon at Balmoral, Belfast, 15th May 1960) saw action in North Africa in WWII, leading a squadron of tanks against the Germans. His tank was hit by enemy fire and he sustained serious leg injuries, which left him with a significant disability.
After the war his military career continued, but mainly in diplomatic postings. He saw service in Germany, Norway, Jordan, Italy and Northern Ireland. His final posting was as Defence Attache to the British Embassy in Beijing, which was closed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Weston-Simons was part of the team which re-opened the embassy.
He passed away in Beijing at his post in 1974, and this gun was then held in storage in Edinburgh until 1985 when it was given to Col. Weston-Simons' son-in-law and was taken to Australia.
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