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Lot 422: Engraved John Dickson & Son Round Body Action Ejector Shotgun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Unique Engraved John Dickson & Son 12 Bore Double Barrel “Round Action” Ejector Shotgun with Gold Inlaid Damascus to Steel to Damascus Barrels

Estimated Price: $7,000 - $9,500

Unique Engraved John Dickson & Son 12 Bore Double Barrel “Round Action” Ejector Shotgun with Gold Inlaid Damascus to Steel to Damascus Barrels

Manufacturer: John Dickson & Sons
Model: SxS
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 656
Item Interest: Average
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Catalog Page: 257
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This fine and highly unusual Scottish gun features browned Damascus barrels which have been expertly sleeved with blued steel tubes before returning to browned Damascus at the muzzles and inlaid with gold bands at the joins, each tube is also engraved with a band of stylized foliage at the breech end. This gun is listed in “John Dickson & Son: The Round Action Gunmaker” by Donald Dallas in Appendix Two, p. 269 as having been sold on August 9, 1900. The browned Damascus concave rib has a bead sight and is signed “JOHN DICKSON & SON. 63. PRINCES STREET. EDINBURGH” and engraved with a flurry of scrollwork at the breech end and the number “2”. The underside of the barrels each struck with London proof marks and London nitro reproof marks. The Dickson patent trigger plate “round action” (incorporating British patents 9399 of July 22, 1887 and 10621 of August 2, 1887, use number 834) is profusely engraved with fine scrollwork and fine acanthus leaves to the fences, and is signed “JOHN DICKSON & SON / PATENT” on each side within a ribbon. The treble grip action has a blued toplever engraved with the number “2” and an automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”. Blued border and scroll engraved trigger guard. Well figured 14 13/16 inch straight hand stock including 3/4 inch black leather wrapped butt pad, with checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release and an inlaid number “2”, and the underside of the butt inset with gold oval escutcheon engraved with the monogram “GW”. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter 9 inches from the breech both reproved at 18.5mm (.728), both measured at .730 inches, 70mm (2 3/4 inch) chambers, minimum wall thickness 0.033/0.035 inches; 1 3/4 inch drop at comb; 2 5/16 inch drop at heel; 14 15/16 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 6 lbs. 11 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as refurbished, retaining 95% plus brown finish on the barrels and 99% blue. Action retains traces of original casehardened finish on the water table, the action and locks with an attractive silver patina with crisp engraving. Stock is very good with well defined multipoint checkering and some scattered handling and storage marks and bruises, some deep, throughout. Mechanically excellent.

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