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Fine Modern & Antique Arms - July 2022

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Sale A0722 Lot 1809

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BOSS & CO.
A SCARCE 12-BORE SINGLE-BARRELLED ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, no visible serial number,
circa 1870, 29in. nitro reproved bold damascus barrel, hexagonal breech section engraved 'BOSS & CO. 73, ST. JAMES'S ST. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chamber, bored approx. true cyl., the flat marked '200', Jones patent rotary-underlever, percussion fence, Stanton 1867 patent rebounding back-action lock, use number B45471, border and scroll engraving, the lockplate with 'BOSS & CO.' in a scrolling banner, some patination overall, 14in. stock (missing heel insert), weight 4lb. 11oz.

Literature: In his definitive history 'Boss & Co. Best Gunmakers' Donald Dallas makes reference to the fact that Boss & Co. supplied 'a mere handful of single barrelled guns'...'most for boys to learn to shoot with'. Not having a serial number is not uncommon for these guns, the likelihood being that they were bought in from a Birmingham supplier and finished and engraved in 73 St. James's Street



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Estimate £300-500

S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act




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