E. J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) LTD.
A SCARCE .410 (3IN.) 'CROWN GRADE' BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5262,
for 1935, 26in. nitro reproved barrels (in 1992), the tubes engraved 'E. J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) LTD. ORANGE ST. GUNWORKS. LEICESTER SQUARE. LONDON.', 3in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke, automatic safety with engraved 'SAFE' detail, border and bold acanthus scroll engraving, the sides of the action with the makers name in scrolling banners, the underside silver inlaid with a four pearl crown, 13 5/8in. figured stock, weight 4lb.
Provenance: In the book 'American and British 410 Shotguns' by Ronald S Gabriel, it states that twenty-five .410 guns were produced within the 5000 serial number range, nine in Crown Grade, five of the Utility model and eleven 'plain' or 'ungraded' models. He states 'the company recorded number 5262, a Crown Ejector in 1935. It had 3-inch chambers with 26-inch nitro-proofed barrels'. He also states that virtually all the .410 guns between 1930 to the eve of the World War II were A&D boxlock ejectors and that many of them were made by John Harper.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act