Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 429: Engraved and Gold Inlaid McCririck Sidelock Ejector Shotgun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Unique Engraved McCririck & Sons 12 Bore Double Barrel Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with Gold Inlaid Damascus to Steel Barrels

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,000

Unique Engraved McCririck & Sons 12 Bore Double Barrel Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with Gold Inlaid Damascus to Steel Barrels

Manufacturer: McCririck
Model: Hammerless
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/gold/blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 259
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This fine Scottish gun features browned Damascus barrels which have been expertly sleeved with blued steel tubes and inlaid with gold bands. The browned Damascus concave rib has a large bead sight and is signed “McCRIRICK & SONS. AYR & KILMARNOCK” in gold and engraved with scrollwork at the breech end. The underside of the barrels each struck with London proof marks and 1997 Birmingham nitro reproof marks. Casehardened rounded bar treble grip action with internal cross bolt, the breech face with gas escape grooves, and with blued toplever, automatic safety and locks each signed “McCRIRICK & SONS”. Furniture comprising blued trigger guard and bright heel and toe plates. Fine bouquet and scroll engraving throughout. Well-figured straight hand stock including 1 1/4 inch expert figured wood extension, with dark horn drop points and checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release, and the underside of the butt inset with gold oval escutcheon engraved with a capercaillie. Stock measurements: 1 9/16 inch drop at comb; 2 3/8 inch drop at heel; 15 5/16 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 9 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine with unique and attractive barrels. The barrels retain nearly all of the reblued and rebrowned finish with crisp engraving at the breech ends and unblemished gold inlay. Action retains traces of original casehardened finish on the water table, the action and locks a light grey slightly discolored patina with crisp engraving. Toplever and trigger guard retaining nearly all of the reblued finish. Stock refinished with well-defined multi-point checkering and some scattered handling and storage marks and bruises throughout. Mechanically excellent.

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