BOSS & CO.
A SUMNER-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SINGLE-TRIGGER EASY-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5032,
29in. replacement nitro barrels (by the makers in 1973, barrel number 6472), the rib engraved 'BOSS & CO. 13 DOVER STREET. PICCADILLY. LONDON. W.' and gold-inlaid '1' at the breech end, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, toplever gold-inlaid '1', automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, removable striker discs, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, Boss 1905 improved patent single trigger and rolled-edge triggerguard, the triggerplate signed in italics 'BOSS'S PATENT NO. 11278', fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining slight traces of colour-hardening and renewed finish, 14in. highly-figured replacement stock including 7/8in. wooden extension and matching fore-end wood, weight 6lb. 5oz., in a brass-cornered leather case with reproduction Boss label
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was completed on the 18th August 1904 for a Col. W. W. Turnor, the original order page listing the gun as 'a 12 bore top snap hammerless ejector gun, two trigger, steel barrels right cylinder, left slight choke to finish not more than 6 1/4lbs rubber cheek pad on stock, gold oval'
Other Notes: Alongside a photocopy of the original entry in the order books, the gun comes with the original pencil written slip from Mr Robertson to Mr Sumner requesting he engrave the gun in 'Boss's usual best style', dated 6th August 1904
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act