J. WOODWARD & SONS
A 12-BORE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3902,
for 1883, 30in. nitro reproved bold damascus barrels, the rib engraved 'J. WOODWARD & SONS. 64. ST. JAMES'S ST. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl and 1/4 choke, Jones patent rotary underlever, carved percussion fences, rebounding back-action locks, border and acanthus scroll engraving, some reblued finish, some replacement screws, 14 1/2in. stock including horn buttplate, fore-end with crosspin release, weight 6lb. 12oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly supplied us with the following information from their records:
Completed: 2nd June 1883
For: The Lord Harris
Description: A back-action hammer gun
Weight: 7lb. 2oz.
Choke: Cyl & 7/8
Stock: 14 1/4 3/8
Fitted with SHC locks
Colonel George Robert Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris, GCSI, GCIE, CB, TD, ADC (3 February 1851 – 24 March 1932), generally known as Lord Harris, was a British colonial administrator and Governor of Bombay. He was also an English amateur cricketer, mainly active from 1870 to 1889, who played for Kent and England as captain of both teams. He had a political career from 1885 to 1900 and was for much of his life a highly influential figure in cricket administration through the offices he held with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He was President of the Kent County Football Association between 1881 and 1908.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act