A PAIR OF 12-BORE SINGLE-TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 2017 / 8,
circa 1907, 29 3/4in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels (in 2005, No.2 left wall below recommended minimum) the ribs gold-inlaid '1' and '2', and engraved 'F. BEESLEY. 2. ST JAMES'S STREET. LONDON. PALL MALL CORNER.' and the tubes engraved 'WHITWORTHS FLUID PRESSED STEEL', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke (both), carved acanthus leaf fences, toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', manual safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, fine bouquet and scroll engraving, retaining traces of original colour-hardening and finish, 14 1/2in. figured stocks (possible replacements, No.1 cracked and repaired at head), gold escutcheons engraved with a mower with his scythe over the motto 'Now Thus Now Thus', weight 6lb. 10oz. (No.1) 6lb. 8oz. (No.2)
Provenance: The motto and crest on the escutcheons of these guns are that of the Pilkington family
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act