A 16-BORE 'THE FIELD XXV MODEL' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 4086,
for 1929, 25in. nitro barrels, matt Churchill-rib gold-inlaid 'XXV' at the breech end, the tubes engraved 'E.J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) LTD. ORANGE ST. GUNWORKS, LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, bore dimensions marginal and wall thicknesses well below recommended minimum, partially repaired dent right barrel, treble-grip action with hidden third bite, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, bold acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, the underside engraved 'THE FIELD MODEL' and gold-inlaid 'XXV', retaining traces of original colour-hardening and finish, 14 7/8in. figured stock, weight 5lb. 9oz.
Provenance: The vendor has kindly supplied us with the following information:
"This Churchill XXV sidelock 16-gauge "Field Model" was bought from the estate of a Captain Tredinnick of Wash common, Newbury, by my father, Jim Freeman. It was subsequently given to me as a 21st birthday present in 1965.
It was originally one of a pair, but its twin was quite badly damaged and, sadly, was not purchased. It has been sparingly used over the years on organised shoots, rough shoots and with clays. It has been serviced from time to time by John March Firearms of Wimborne, and recently by Mike Collins in Bournemouth, and was subsequently checked over by Sport Arms in Dorchester. It is a gun to use and treasure"
Other Notes: Please see Lot 900 for the Churchill double leather 'V.C.' motorcase the gun was supplied in
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act