COGSWELL & HARRISON
A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'KONOR' SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 67511 / 2,
circa 1954, 28in. nitro barrels, the ribs engraved 'COGSWELL & HARRISON LTD. "KONOR" 168 PICCADILLY. LONDON.' and gold-inlaid '1' and '2' at the breech ends, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke (No.1) and imp. cyl. and 1/2 (No.2), toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 14 1/2in. figured stocks, weight 6lb. 9oz., in their leather case
Provenance: The vendor has kindly supplied us with the following information:
"The guns were owned by Mr John Oakley - my father's stepfather - and passed on to me when he died in the early '80s. Uncle John (as we knew him) was married to my grandmother Velma, who was the eldest daughter of William 'Bill' Stephenson who was picked by American store magnate Frank Woolworth to launch/build F.W. Woolworth & Co in the UK in the early 1900s; becoming the UK's first MD and then Chairman and making it more profitable than the American business! My Grandmother and Uncle John bought a farm near Beckley in East Sussex (Great Conster) after they married in the early 1950's - I am unsure if he purchased the guns then or owned them from new"
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act