BOSS & CO. A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 2737, 30in. black powder only damascus barrels (bore measurements marginal, some pits and dents), the rib engraved '1' and 'BOSS & CO. 73. ST. JAMES'S STREET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, carved percussion fences, cocking indicator studs, non-rebounding locks with dolphin hammers, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, retaining some original colour-hardening and finish, 13 3/4in. figured stock with steel buttplate, weight 6lb. 10oz., in its makers leather case.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was ordered on 11th August 1869 by Edward Mashiter Dansey of 14 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London. He was born in 1852 and was 17 when he ordered the gun hence the short stock. He entered the 1st Life Guards and became a Captain