J. WOODWARD & SONS
A 12-BORE 'THE AUTOMATIC' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5138,
circa 1897, 29in. nitro reproved Whitworth-steel barrels, the rib engraved 'JAMES WOODWARD & SONS. 64 ST. JAMES'S STREET, LONDON. S.W.', and 'MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', the breech end gold-inlaid '1', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, arcaded fences with side-clips, removable striker discs, toplever gold-inlaid '1', automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, protruding tumbler pivots with gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, fine acanthus scroll engraving, the makers name in elaborate cartouches, the action face with 'THE AUTOMATIC TRADEMARK. JAMES WOODWARD & SONS', bright and blued finish overall, 14 3/4in. highly-figured stock including buttplate, weight 6lb. 9oz., in a brass-cornered oak and leather case with James Purdey trade label
Provenance: For Heron Charles Goodheart b1878. He resided at 1 South Audley Street and was an attache in the Foreign Office
The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 20th July 1897
For: Heron C. Goodheart
Description: No. 1 of a pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 9 1/2oz.
Barrels: 29in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Both 1/4 Choke
Stock: 14 3/4in.
Action with clip sides
Straight hand stocks
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act