The Birmingham firm of G.E. Lewis & Sons established a fine reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for producing excellent wildfowling guns. The present shotgun, probably made in the mid-1920s, is one such example featuring long 32 inch barrels, long 3 inch chambers and a side-clipped action engraved with panel game scenes on each side featuring ducks taking flight in a river bank setting. With blacked fluid steel barrels with matted concave rib signed “G.E. LEWIS & SONS. 32 & 33 LOWER LOVEDAY STREET. BIRMINGHAM”, the barrel flats struck with Birmingham nitro proof marks and 1977 nitro reproof marks. Casehardened treble grip action with cross bolt, signed “G.E. LEWIS & SONS” on each side, and with blued toplever and automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”. Border and scroll engraving throughout in addition to the panel game scenes. Well figured semi-pistol grip stock with carved drop points, checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release, blank silver oval initial escutcheon to the underside of the butt, and checkered dark horn heel plate. In leather fitted gun case lined in green baize, the lid with printed G.E. Lewis & Sons trade label. Stock measurements: 1 5/8 inch drop at comb; 2 3/8 inch drop at heel; 14 3/16 inch length of pull; cast off; weight 7 lbs. 12 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Very fine. Barrels retaining nearly all of the reblued finish with some scattered corrosion spotting visible beneath the finish, rib matting and signature clear, loose on action. Action with traces of original casehardened finish, crisp engraving. Floorplate and trigger guard reblued, floorplate with some marking from the forearm iron. Stock with well-defined checkering, some scattered storage and handling marks and bruises throughout. Mechanically very good. Case with some age wear, one exterior leather strap split.
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