J. WOODWARD & SONS
A 12-BORE 1876 PATENT 'THE AUTOMATIC' PUSH-FORWARD UNDERLEVER SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 4391,
29in. nitro barrels, the rib gold-inlaid '1' and engraved 'JAMES WOODWARD & SONS. ST. JAMES'S. LONDON. S.W.', (refreshed), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. half choke in both, push-forward underlever, T. Southgate and J. Woodward patent 'Automatic' lever-cocking action, patent no. 600 of 1876, use number 580, incorporating T. Perkes patent ejectors, patent no. 12176 of 8th September 1887, use number 313, removable striker discs, side-clipped arcaded fences, the top-strap gold-inlaid '1', automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, protruding tumbler pivots with gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, best fine border and floral scroll engraving, brushed bright and reblued finish overall, 15 1/8in. highly-figured stock with Prince of Wales semi-pistolgrip with pistolgrip-cap and including 5/8in. wooden extension, weight 6lb. 7oz., in a lightweight leather hammergun case with numerous original Woodward labels
Provenance: The makers have kindly informed us that this shotgun was completed as No.1 of a trio with 29in. Whitworth steel barrels in August 1890 for Ralph Sneyd.
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