J. WOODWARD & SONS
A PAIR OF 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 4708 / 9,
29in. nitro chopperlump barrels, ribs gold-inlaid '1' and '2' and engraved 'JAMES WOODWARD & SONS. 64 ST. JAMES'S STREET. LONDON. S.W. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 1/4 choke, arcaded fences with side-clips, toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, removable striker discs, protruding tumbler pivots with gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, fine acanthus scroll engraving, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening, 14 3/4in. well-figured stocks including buttplates (No.1 likely replacement), weight 6lb. 6oz., in a Woodward brass-cornered oak and leather case, lid exterior stamped 'EARL OF WESTMORLAND'
Provenance: We are kindly informed by the makers that this pair of shotguns were completed July 1893 for Hugh Smiley, Esq.