This fine shot & ball gun was manufactured in circa 1924. The blued rifle choked barrels are respectively signed “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO./LONDON”, engraved “SUPER MAGNUM EXPLORA” on the left tube towards the breech, and each tube engraved with a band of stylized foliage at the breech end. The sunken concave rib has a bead front sight and matted quarter rib with rear express sight of five folding leaf notch sights each with inlaid center line and graduated to 300 yards. The casehardened treble grip action is signed “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO.” on each side and has a blued toplever, automatic safety with inlaid “SAFE”, blued floorplate, casehardened trigger plate, blued trigger guard, and classic English scrollwork finely engraved throughout. The underside of the barrels and water table have Birmingham nitro proof and reproof marks, and it is import marked under the forearm. The well-figured walnut straight hand stock with dark horn Westley Richards buttplate has panels of multipoint checkering on the grip and forearm, and the latter has a scroll engraved Deeley and Edge fastener and dark horn tip. The underside of the butt with blank silver oval initial escutcheon. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): chambers proved at 70 mm (2 3/4 inches), bore diameter 9 inches from the breech both reproved at 18.9 mm (.744 inches) and measured .745/.744 inches; minimum wall thickness .032/.025 inches; 1 5/8 inch drop at comb; 2 3/16 inch drop at heel; 14 1/16 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 7 lbs 13 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Excellent as professionally refurbished. The barrels, action and furniture each retain nearly all of their renewed blued and casehardened finish. The deep engraved decoration remains crisp and finely detailed. The stock has been refinished and retains well-defined checkering with occasional scattered minor age related storage and handling marks. The buttplate is worn. Mechanically excellent.
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