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Lot 2403: Westley Richards Super Magnum Explora Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: June 11, 2021

Rare Engraved Westley Richards 12 Bore “Super Magnum Explora” Double Barrel Droplock Ejector Shot & Ball Gun with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

Rare Engraved Westley Richards 12 Bore “Super Magnum Explora” Double Barrel Droplock Ejector Shot & Ball Gun with Case

Manufacturer: Westley Richards
Model: Explora
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 100
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

OC - FINE- all original parts; over 30% original finish, sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood.




Manufactured c. 1914 and features the famous Deeley and Taylor patent hand-detachable locks (British Patent No. 17731 of July 28, 1897). With blued rifle choked barrels respectively signed “WESTLEY RICHARDS LONDON” and “SUPER MAGNUM EXPLORA”, each tube engraved with a band of stylized foliage at the breech end. The sunken concave rib with bead front sight and matted quarter rib with rear express sight of five folding leaf notch sights each with platinum inlaid center line and graduated to 300 yards. Casehardened treble grip action signed “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO.” on each side, with blued toplever, automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”, blued removable floorplate, casehardened side-plates, blued trigger plate and blued trigger guard. The whole finely engraved with classic English scrollwork. The underside of the barrels and water table struck with Birmingham nitro proof and nitro reproof marks. Figured 14 1/8" walnut pistol grip stock including 3/4" rubber recoil pad, with panels of multipoint checkering to the grip and forearm, the latter with scroll engraved Deeley and Edge fastener, dark horn pistol grip cap, the underside of the butt with blank silver oval initial escutcheon and blued sling mount, the corresponding sling mount fitted beneath the barrels. Barrel measurements (R/L): reproved at 18.9mm/18.8mm, measuring 18.9mm/18.8mm, 70 mm (2 3/4") chambers, minimum wall thickness 0.035/0.033. Weight 8 lbs. 4 oz. With a leather takedown case with "A.A.N.B." marked lid, Westley Richards label, rod, and oiler. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

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