The maker’s records confirm that this lightweight (a relative term when discussing punt guns!) was sold on 21 July, 1909. Very few of these distinctive Bland punt guns survive. This example is notable as it retains its original full length wooden transit case with two piece cleaning rod. With blued barrels with broad rib with a large bead front sight, signed “THOMAS BLAND & SONS. 2 KING WILLIAM STREET, WEST STRAND. LONDON” and with extension at the breech end and an import mark below the forearm. Giant treble grip action with blued sidelever and rebounding locks each signed “T. BLAND & SONS”. The blued hammers and triggers each have lanyard loops. The barrel flats and water table are marked “T. BLAND & SONS” and are also struck with Birmingham nitro proof marks. Blued furniture including serial numbered trigger guard and mounting fixture for attachment to a punt. Very short walnut tiller and stub forearm. Weight 28 lbs. 2 oz.
Fine as partially professionally refinished. The barrels, hammers, sidelever and furniture retain 98% reblued finish. The action is bright with some age related surface staining. Some age related staining and storage and handling marks to the wooden tiller and forearm. Transit case in good condition with some age wear. Mechanically excellent.
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