JOSEPH LANG & SON
TWO MAGNIFICENT, INDIVIDUALLY CASED, 8-BORE (3 1/4IN.) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK NON-EJECTORS, serial no. 15061 / 2,
34in. nitro chopperlump barrels (no. 15062 London nitro reproved in 1980), the ribs engraved 'JOSEPH LANG & SON. 102. NEW BOND STREET. LONDON.' and with fine acanthus scroll detailing at the breech end, the barrel breech ends engraved with a fine beaded band, the undersides with J.L.& S. marking and barrel makers initials 'F.S.', and 'CHAMBERED FOR 3 1/4" U.M.C. SHELL', 3 1/4in. chambers, bored approx. extra full choke in all, large treble-grip actions with carved fences, automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, Jones patent rotary underlevers, articulated front triggers, fine acanthus scroll engraving interspersed with floral bouquets, the actions, lockplates and furniture retaining much original colour-hardened finish, 13 1/2in. well-figured semi-pistolgrip stocks including 3/4in. ebonite extensions, each stock with oval gold escutcheon engraved 'E.C.C. N.Y.' (gun no. 15061) and 'B.S. Jr. N.Y.' (gun no. 15062), small insert repairs to underhorns gun no. 15062, minor damage to leading edge of fore-end wood (gun no. 15062), fore-ends with engraved Anson push rod release catches, weight 12lb. 15 1/2oz., in their individual brass-cornered oak and leather cases, the lid outers embossed 'E.C.C. N.Y.' and 'B.S. Jr. N.Y.', the interiors plushly lined with green velveteen cloth, oak-bordered gold-tooled red leather Joseph Lang & Son trade labels and additional Von Lengerke & Detmold plaques, with some nickel finish accessories
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the guns were sold on August 31st 1911 to Von Lengerke & Detmold for 'E.C.C. N. York' and 'B.S. Jr. N. York' at a cost of £78. 15s a piece. They are recorded as being "Hless non- Ejectors. Chambered for 3 1/4 UMC Shells. Automatic safety. Underlever dbl flip double barrel Rogers sidelock. Proved nitro 2 1/4oz. 34"steel barrel, 1/2 rib." A third gun of identical specification and consecutively numbered to these was also sold to Von Lengerke & Detmold for 'W.L.G. N. York' at the same time.
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