J. & W. TOLLEY
A RARE AND UNUSUAL 12-BORE 1877 PATENT 'GIANT GRIP' TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 7869,
30in. nitro reproved barrels, file-cut matt rib with bead fore-sight with flip-up high-visibility bead, silver-inlaid flip up leaf sight marked for 100 yards and with a further flip-up sight of Battue-style, the tubes engraved 'J. & W. TOLLEY. 59. NEW BOND ST. LONDON', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, incorporating Henry Tolley patent 'Giant grip' top extension, patent no. 461 of 3rd February 1877, 'inverted' toplever with reciprocal groove in the wrist to allow transition of the toplever, carved serpentine fences, rebounding locks with hammers of hare's ear form, bouquet and scroll engraving, retaining traces of original colour-hardening and finish, 13 3/4in. pistolgrip stock (crack at wrist) with sling eyes, engraved steel pistolgrip cap, including 7/8in. rubber recoil pad, weight 9lb. 13oz., in its (relined) brass-cornered leather case, the exterior marked 'Lieut. Col. J. Fraser'
Provenance: Research would indicate Lt. Col. J. Fraser to be Lt. Col The Hon James Hay Fraser was born in 1833 and was a brother of the 17th Baron Saltoun. He joined the Bengal Staff Corps in 1852 and retired as a Lt. Col in 1880. He died in 1886 at Wellington in Somerset
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act