A 12-BORE SINGLE-TRIGGER BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 13405,
circa 1910, 28in. nitro damascus barrels, rib engraved 'CHARLES LANCASTER. 11 PANTON STREET. HAYMARKET. LONDON.' and gold-inlaid '2' at the breech end, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, dipped-edge lockplates, non-selective single-trigger, the triggerplate engraved 'CHARLES LANCASTER'S SINGLE TRIGGER', acanthus scroll engraving, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening and finish,14 1/4in. figured semi-pistolgrip stock including 2in. wooden extension, weight 6lb. 7oz., in its makers canvas and leather case
Provenance: The vendors research would indicate that this gun was completed in 1910 for Major General A.P. Wavell C.B.
Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, CMG, MC, KStJ, PC (5 May 1883 – 24 May 1950) was a senior officer of the British Army. He served in the Second Boer War, the Bazar Valley Campaign and the First World War, during which he was wounded in the Second Battle of Ypres. In the Second World War, he served initially as Commander-in-Chief Middle East, in which role he led British forces to victory over the Italians in western Egypt and eastern Libya during Operation Compass in December 1940, only to be defeated by the German Army in the Western Desert in April 1941. He served as Commander-in-Chief, India, from July 1941 until June 1943 (apart from a brief tour as Commander of ABDACOM) and then served as Viceroy of India until his retirement in February 1947.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act