JOSEPH MANTON A FINE MOORE-ENGRAVED 'LEGEND' 20-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 11501, 28in. nitro chopperlump barrels, the rib gold-inlaid in script 'Joseph Manton London', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 3/4 choke, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, rolled-edge triggerguard, the action, lockplates and furniture fully carved in relief with bold acanthus scrollwork on a matted background, the lockplates with scrolling banners inlaid in gold and drop shadowed with the makers name, the underside similarly inlaid 'LONDON', the triggerguard tang gold-inlaid with the serial number, the triggerplate signed 'G. Moore', bright finish, 15 1/8in. highly-figured stock, weight 6lb. 3oz., in a leather case.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that in the making of the gun, three top ex-Purdey apprenticed craftsmen were involved, Mick Kelly on the barrels, David Becker on the woodwork and David Sinnerton on the finishing