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Lot 1426: Westley Richards Hand Detachable Droplock Ejector Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Factory Engraved Westley Richards Hand Detachable Droplock Double Barrel Ejector Shotgun with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Factory Engraved Westley Richards Hand Detachable Droplock Double Barrel Ejector Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: Westley Richards
Model: Double Barrel Shotgun
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1440
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 212
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured between 1937 and 1941 per page 128 of Nigel Brown's "British Gunmakers: Volume One - London". Blued Westley Richards Special Steel barrels with single steel bead sight on the matted, concave solid rib which is marked "WESTLEY RICHARDS. 23. CONDUIT ST. LONDON GUN MAKERS BY APPOINTMENT TO HIS MAJESTY GEORGE V.", Birmingham proofs and reproofs, choke constrictions measured .005/.009 inches, and chambers reproved at 2 3/4 inches with automatic ejectors. The casehardened famous Westley Richards droplock action displays near full coverage floral scroll engraving with "WESTLEY RICHARDS" banners on either side. The gun features a single selective trigger with gold inlaid "L" and "R" and a tang mounted automatic safety with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings, Deeley latch release, and horn tip inlay and straight grip stock with blank inscription oval and checkered hard rubber buttplate. Includes a leather bound takedown case marked "J.P.P." on the lid. Stock measurements: 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 inch drop at heel; 14 3/4 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 6 lbs. 3 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 98% professionally reapplied blue finish, trace of original case colors in the protected areas with a silver patina on the balance of the action, some discoloration to the action, and light handling evidence. The wood is also very fine with scattered minor marks and sharp checkering. The case is very good with moderate storage wear. Mechanically excellent.

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