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Fine Modern & Antique Arms - July 2022

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Sale A0722 Lot 1454

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BOSS & CO.
A RARE 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8611,
for 1942, 28in. nitro chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved 'BOSS & CO, 41, ALBERMARLE STREET, PICCADILLY, LONDON. W.', and gold-inlaid '1' at the breech end, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, toplever gold-inlaid '1', automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, removable striker discs, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, Boss patent full self-opening system, rolled-edge triggerguard, fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed bright and reblued finish overall, 15 1/8in. highly-figured (possible historic replacement) stock including 1/2in. leather covered recoil pad, matching fore-end wood, weight 6lb. 8oz., in a lightweight leather case

Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was ordered on the 17th August 1942, by an Edward Armes

Literature: In his definitive book on Boss & Co., Donald Dallas informs that Boss & Co. developed a full self-opening system in the 1930's which was used 'to a limited extent' during this decade. He states that self-opening guns are very rare, 'a mere fifty-six being recorded in the records'



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Estimate £8,000-12,000

S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act




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