Classic shotguns at Gavin Gardiner
Gavin Gardiner’s first sale of 2019 will take place in the heart of the gunmaking district of London (Mayfair) and will include a good selection of fine English and European sporting guns.
Among the notable items is a fine pair of 12-bore single trigger sidelock ejector guns by highly desirable London-makers Boss & Co, built in 1923. The guns have 28in replacement barrels by the makers fitted in 1990 and remain virtually unused since. They carry an estimate of £25,000 to £35,000.
Elsewhere, a fine pair of 12-bore single trigger MX12 SCO single trigger over and under ejector guns, built in 1991 by Italian Makers, Perazzi. The guns have 26in barrels and remain little used from new and carry an estimate of £15,000 to £20,000.
Another interesting British piece is by John Wilkes. A .358 Win Mag boxlock non-ejector rifle, which was built in 1923. The gun is fitted with replacement 26in barrels fitted by John Slough of London, and extensively refurbished and refinished at the same time. The rifle has been little used since and carries an estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000.
Dating from 1939 is a fine, lightweight 12-bore single trigger boxlock ejector gun by Westley Richards, with 28in barrels with 2½in chambers, about ¼ and full choke borings and a dolls head extension. The frame and patent top lever has fine scroll engraving and retains much original hardening colour. It is estimated at £1,000-£1,500.
The auction of more than 200 lots of vintage sporting guns, rifles and shooting accessories, is the only sale of sporting guns to be held in the heart of London’s Mayfair and will also have a section devoted to accessories and more curious items. For more details visit www.gavingardiner.com.
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