FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF GOUGH THOMAS HENRY ATKIN A FINE, KELL-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SPRING-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 3510, circa 1947, 27in. nitro chopperlump barrels, the tubes engraved 'HENRY ATKIN. LTD. 88. JERMYN ST. LONDON. S.W.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 3/4 choke, self-opening action with removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, articulated front trigger, the action, lockplates and furniture engraved with fine bold scrolling acanthus work set against a matt background, retaining traces of original colour-hardening and finish, 14 3/8in. figured stock, weight 6lb. 3oz., in its makers brass-cornered leather case, the lid interior with a letter from the makers stating 'Dear Sir, wishing you the best of health and good shooting', and details the specifications of the gun and craftsmen involved as 'Actioner: Healey, Stocker and Finisher: A. Hodges, Engraver: H. Kell', the lid exterior marked 'G.T.G.'
Provenance: Gough Thomas was born Godfrey Thomas Garwood on the 2nd August 1899 at Ipswich. His father, also Thomas, was an insurance agent. From an early age he was immersed in a traditional country way of life. He was an engineer by trade but also took up writing on guns and shooting, writing under the nom de plume of Gough Thomas. He wrote several books that became standards over the years, Shotguns & Cartridges For Game And Clays; Gough Thomas's Gun Book; Shotgun Lore For The Sportsman, Shotgun Shooting Facts and Gough Thomas's Second Gun Book. He also began to write for The Shooting Times in the 1950s, a magazine that had an enormous readership and influence in this era and it is probably through his regular articles for this periodical that he became so well-known and respected in the shooting world. He died in Devon on the 21st May 1987.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act