With browned fine Damascus twist barrels signed “JAMES BEATTIE & SON. 205. REGENT ST.T LONDON” on the raised solid rib and with large bead front sight, blued rear sight of one standing and one folding leaf, the standing sight calibrated for “100” yards, engraved with sprays of scrollwork around the rear sight and at the breech end of the rib, the area behind the front sight matted on the rib, and the breech ends of the barrels each engraved with band of stylised running foliage. Casehardened action with carved percussion fences and back action locks each with blued safety catch and signed “J. BEATTIE & SON”. Fine border and scroll engraving throughout, the locks each with differing vignette of a stag. The barrels and action struck with London black powder proof marks and London nitro reproof marks for 2007. Well figured straight hand stock with checkered grip and forearm. Blued iron mounts including trigger guard with extended checkered tang forming a pistol grip. In brass cornered oak lined fitted case with some accessories, the lid with J. Beattie & Co. printed trade label and test target dated 2008. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Very good. The barrels are expertly rebrowned and retaining virtually all their finish. Engraving to action and locks very crisp, 20% original casehardened finish remaining in sheltered areas, remainder a light grey patina. The stock is refinished, with sharp checkering, slight handling and storage blemishes. Furniture reblued to a dark mate color. Case associated, relined and refitted to the rifle, trade label a recent reproduction. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection.
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