STEPHEN GRANT A SCARCE 12-BORE E.C. HODGES 1871 PATENT TRIPLE-BITE SNAP-ACTION SIDELEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3908, 30in. nitro reproved bold damascus barrels (the undersides initialled 'E.C.H.'), rib engraved 'STEPHEN GRANT. 67A ST. JAMES'S STREET. LONDON.' and '3', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, occasional pit, Edwin Hodges patent treble-grip action, patent no. 251 of 1871, use number 469, action flat marked 'GRANT & HODGES PATENT', carved percussion fences, sidelever, rebounding back-action locks with high-spurred hammers, grip safety engraved with the serial number and '3', best fine acanthus scroll engraving, the action with 'STEPHEN GRANT'S PATENT', brushed bright and reblued finish overall, 14 3/4in. figured stock including 1 3/8in. horn extension, weight 7lb. 3oz., in a leather case.
Provenance: A photocopy of a page from the makers records indicate the gun was completed as No.1 of a pair for a John Hargreaves Esq. Junr. The gun dates to circa 1875
John Hargreaves born 1839 was a substantial landowner owning Maiden Erlegh, Reading, Whalley Abbey, Preston and Broad Oak, Accrington.
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