FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF G.T. GARWOOD
COGSWELL & HARRISON
A 12-BORE 1865 PATENT TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 9053,
circa 1875, 30in. nitro reproved damascus barrels (in 2007, right wall at 15), rib engraved COGSWELL & HARRISON. 142 NEW BOND ST. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. in both, action incorporating Scott patent toplever and Purdey double-bite, Scott patent 2752 of 25th October 1865, use number 7997 and Purdey patent 1104 of 2nd May 1863, carved percussion fences, rebounding locks, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, retaining traces of original colour-hardening and finish, 14 3/8in. figured stock including buttplate, weight 6lb. 12oz., in its makers brass-cornered leather case
Provenance: This gun was formerly the property of Gough Thomas, and was featured in an article written by Tony Jackson in December 2019's issue of Sporting Shooter.
Gough Thomas was born Godfrey Thomas Garwood on the 2nd August 1899 at Ipswich. His father, also Thomas, was an insurance agent. From an early age he was immersed in a traditional country way of life. He was an engineer by trade but also took up writing on guns and shooting, writing under the nom de plume of Gough Thomas. He wrote several books that became standards over the years, Shotguns & Cartridges For Game And Clays; Gough Thomas's Gun Book; Shotgun Lore For The Sportsman, Shotgun Shooting Facts and Gough Thomas's Second Gun Book.
He also began to write for The Shooting Times in the 1950s, a magazine that had an enormous readership and influence in this era and it is probably through his regular articles for this periodical that he became so well-known and respected in the shooting world. He died in Devon on the 21st May 1987.
Other Notes: This Lot is accompanied by a copy of the December 2019 article, and some correspondence between Mr Garwood and Mr Jackson
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act