A PAIR OF 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 1517 / 8,
29 3/4in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, the ribs gold-inlaid '1' and '2' but the engraving to the ribs and tubes indistinct, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in all, No.2 left wall thickness below recommended minimum, both pitted, loose, carved leaf fences, toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, the sideplates with scrolling banners engraved 'F. BEESLEY. PATENT. LONDON.' around a coronet, brushed finish, No.1 gun with 14 1/2in. stock (worn) including 1/2in. wooden extension, No.2 gun with 14 3/4in. stock, weight 6lb. 8oz. (No.1) 6lb. 14oz. (No.2), in their brass-cornered oak and leather case, the lid exterior marked 'STEWART BALMAIN. XV. KINGS HUSSARS.'
Provenance: J.A. Stewart Balmain was born in 1869 in Chorlton, Lancashire. In 1893 he joined the 15th Hussars and rose to the rank of Major. He was made ADC to the Governor of Bombay in 1902 and in 1904 ADC to the Governor General of Australia. He retired from the army in 1909 and remained in Australia. He owned the estate, Coolart, Bittern, Balnarring in Victoria and this house was featured in the Australian magazine The Home in 1921 where photographs of him can be found. He died on the 19th November 1931 at Alford House, Somerset.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act