BOSS & CO.
A SCARCE 12-BORE 1863 PATENT (SECOND PATTERN) THUMBHOLE-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3087,
30in. black powder only barrels, the rib engraved '1' and 'BOSS & CO. 73 ST. JAMES'S STREET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, some rusting, dents and pitting, Purdey (second pattern) patent thumbhole underlever, patent no. 1104 of 2nd May 1863, carved percussion fences, rebounding sidelocks with dolphin hammers, fine acanthus scroll engraving, retaining very slight traces of finish, 13 7/8in. figured stock including buttplate (crack at hand), chequering worn, fore-end wood with minor losses at edges, weight 7lb. 1oz
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was ordered on the 18th April 1873 as one of a pair of guns, made to match gun no's 2947 & 8 'in every respect' for an Edgar Larking Esqr.
Other Notes: Barrels: 76cm
Stock length: 35cm
Functions with snapcaps: yes
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act