A 16-BORE 'FUSIL IDEAL PERFECTION' TRIGGERPLATE-ACTION EJECTOR, serial no. 38714,
for 1912, 29in. Hercule Trempe steel barrels (five palm branches and Director's mark), sunken matt rib ramped at the breech and muzzle and carved with foliate designs, the breech ends of the tubes with ornate deco bordered acanthus scroll detailing, the underside with matt sunken rib with laurel engraved sling eye mount (sling eye ground off), the sides of the tubes engraved 'MANUFACTURE FRANCAIS D'ARMES ET CYCLES. SAINT ETIENNE.', 'FUSIL IDEAL BREVETE DANS TOUS LE PAYS', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/2 and 3/4 choke, rounded bar action ejectors at fault, quadruple-grip action with rising bite and side-clips, the standing breech with serial numbered disc-mounted loaded indicators, triggerguard-mounted pull-back lever, the triggerplate with manual sliding safety bar, the fences carved in high relief with stylised leaf motifs on a finely stippled background, the action and furniture profusely engraved with fine acanthus scrollwork interspersed with stylised scrolling foliate art deco designs, bright finish, 14 1/4in. figured stock including horn buttplate, the right side inset with a gold oval escutcheon bearing the Tughra of Emir Amanullah Khan over a Persian calendar date of 1303 (1924)
Provenance: The vendor has kindly informed us that the gun was gifted to his Uncle in the late 1960's by a member of the Afghan Royal family and that it was formerly the property of Amanullah Khan, King of Afghanistan.
Amanullah Khan (1st June 1892 - 25th April 1960) ruled Afghanistan from 1919 until his abdication in 1929, initially as Emir and then after the declaration of a monarchy in 1926, as King. Early in his succession to Emir, by staging a surprise attack on British India, he orchestrated the beginning of the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Lasting less four months, Afghanistan's War of Independence saw them gain complete control of their own foreign affairs and emerge as a fully independent state. His reign was ended by the outbreak of a civil war in 1928, leading to his abdication and exile in 1929
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act