PROPERTY OF SIR JOHN SCOTT, 5TH BARONET
E. M. REILLY & CO.
AN 8-BORE (82MM) SINGLE-BARRELLED ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 26957,
36 1/8in. nitro reproved fine damascus barrel, octagonal breech end with top flat engraved 'E. M. REILLY & CO. 16 NEW OXFORD ST. LONDON', and with fine acanthus scroll detailing, 82mm chamber, bored approx. full choke, Jones patent rotary underlever, carved percussion fence, rebounding back-action lock, border and fine acanthus scroll engraving, matt nickel-plated finish overall, 14 1/4in. stock including 1in. rubber recoil pad (distressed), fore-end with horn finial and insert repair to right edge, weight 9lb. 14oz.
Provenance: Sir John has kindly provided the following provenance regarding the gun:
"This wonderful old goose gun has provided sterling service on foreshore and salt marsh over many years of family ownership on estuaries such as the Tay, Wells-next-Sea, both the English and Scottish sides of the Solway, at Lindisfarne and the Kent, where it comes into Morecombe Bay. Reilly specialised in big bore 'fowling guns and although heavy, it is so beautifully made that it is as light as a feather at the point of balance."
An author, regular columnist and contributor to the Field Magazine, natural historian, broadcaster and television presenter, Sir John is very actively involved in countryside affairs. He is Joint Master of the North Pennine Hunt and currently holds the Presidency for The Union of Country Sports Workers, The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust, The Tay Valley Wildfowlers Association and The Newcastle and District Wildfowlers Association. He is also patron to a number of organisations including BASC.
Sir John wrote and co-presented the BBC television series 'Clarissa and the Countryman'.
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