The engraving to the action and locks is a masterclass in Edwardian British game scene with finely detailed panels involving numerous species of British game bird and waterfowl in their naturalistic habitats. With blued barrels respectively signed “W.&C. SCOTT & SON. MAKERS. THE PREMIER” and “78, SHAFTESBURY AVENUE. LONDON” on the tubes and engraved with scrollwork at the breech ends. Concave rib with bead sight and engraved with scrollwork and signed “SCOTT’S IMPROVED BOLT” at the breech end. The underside of the barrels each struck with Birmingham nitro proof and London nitro reproof marks. Casehardened rounded bar side-clipped action with cross bolt, blued toplever and automatic safety. The face of the action with gas escape grooves, and the watertable signed “THE PREMIER GUN” and “W.&C. SCOTT & SON/MAKERS”. Casehardened locks each signed “W.&C. SCOTT & SON” and with blued pins. Furniture comprising casehardened trigger plate and blued trigger guard. Finely engraved throughout with scrollwork surrounding fabulous panel game scenes, the fences fine low relief engraving of leaves against a matted ground. Finely figured semi-pistol grip stock including 1 1/8 inch leather wrapped butt pad, with carved drop points and checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release, and the wrist inset with gold shield shaped initial escutcheon engraved with a monogram. In brass cornered leather fitted gun case lined in red baize, the lid with black leather Scott trade label with gilt lettering, with some accessories including W&C Scott glass oil bottle and snap caps. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech reproved at 18.7/18.8 (.736/.740 inches) and measured at .736/.742 inches; choke constriction .003/.025 inches; minimum wall thickness .029/.023 inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 3/16 inch drop at heel; 14 9/16 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs. 6 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Fine with delightful engraving. The slightly shortened barrels retain nearly all of the reblued finish with crisp engraving at the breech ends and clear signatures. Action and locks with 60% faded original casehardened finish with crisp engraving, slight scattered corrosion spotting to the forward portion of the left lock and to the edge of the tail of the right lock. Toplever and trigger guard retaining nearly all of the reblued finish. Stock reoiled with crisp drop points and well defined multipoint checkering, occasional slight handling marks and blemishes throughout, evidence of small filled hole to underside of the butt possibly from a now removed sling mount. Mechanically excellent.
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