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Lot 428: Engraved A. Ward Thompson 28 Gauge Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Fine and Rare Engraved Ward Thompson 28 Bore Double Barrel Boxlock Ejector Shotgun with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Fine and Rare Engraved Ward Thompson 28 Bore Double Barrel Boxlock Ejector Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: A. Ward Thompson
Model: Double Barrel
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 28
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 259
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Blued barrels engraved with band of stylized foliage at each breech end. Concave rib with bead front sight and signed “A. WARD THOMPSON. MIDDLESBROUGH”. The underside of the barrels struck with Birmingham nitro proof marks and nitro reproof marks. Casehardened action signed “A. WARD THOMPSON” on each side, with blued toplever, automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”, blued trigger guard, and fences finely carved with stylized acanthus foliage. With classic English border and scroll engraving throughout. Well figured straight hand stock with carved drop points, checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release, checkered dark horn heel plate, and the underside of the butt inset with gold oval initial escutcheon engraved with the monogram “R.W”. In brass cornered fitted leather gun case lined in red baize, with detached F.T. Baker black leather trade label with gilt lettering, the outside of the case initialed “G.W.R.” Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): chambers reproved at 2 3/4 inches; bore diameter nine inches from the breech reproved at .556/.556 inches and measured at .558/.557 inches; choke constriction .017/.020 inches; minimum wall thickness .033/.035 inches; 1 7/16 inch drop at comb; 2 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; weight 4 lbs 11 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good as professionally refurbished. The barrels retain 99% reblued finish with clear signature and some slight muzzle rub. Action with strong traces of original casehardened finish with clear engraving, the floorplate rubbed bright. Toplever retaining some original blued finish, trigger guard with traces of blued finish. Stock reoiled, multi-point checkering generally well-defined, some light storage and handling marks and blemishes throughout including to the right side of the grip checkering. The case is very good with mild wear. Mechanically excellent.

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