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Lot 3402: Westley Richards 12 Bore “Super Magnum Explora” Shotgun

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Rare Engraved Westley Richards 12 Bore “Super Magnum Explora” Double Barrel Boxlock Shot & Ball Gun with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Rare Engraved Westley Richards 12 Bore “Super Magnum Explora” Double Barrel Boxlock Shot & Ball Gun with Case

Manufacturer: Westley Richards
Model: Boxlock
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 666
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 262
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This rare shot & ball gun was manufactured in circa 1920. With blued rifle choked barrels respectively signed “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO./LONDON”, each tube engraved with a band of stylized foliage at the breech end and with single extractor. The sunken concave rib with bead front sight and matted quarter rib engraved “SUPER MAGNUM EXPLORA” and with rear express sight of five folding leaf notch sights each with inlaid center line and graduated to 300 yards. Casehardened treble grip action signed “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO.” on each side, with blued toplever, automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”, blued floorplate, casehardened trigger plate and blued trigger guard. The whole finely engraved with classic English scrollwork. The underside of the barrels and water table struck with Birmingham nitro proof and reproof marks. Well figured 14 1/4 inch walnut semi-pistol grip stock with dark horn Westley Richards butt plate, with panels of multi-point checkering to the grip and forearm, the latter with scroll engraved Deeley and Edge fastener and dark horn tip. The underside of the butt with blank silver oval initial escutcheon. Includes a brass cornered oak and leather case with leather and green baize interior, manufacturer's trade label, wooden cleaning rod, and Westley Richards silver oil bottle. Barrel measurements (R/L) reproved at 18.7mm/18.7mm (.736 inches), measuring 18.7mm/18.7mm (.736 inches), 70 mm (2 3/4 inch) chambers, minimum wall thickness .035/.030. Weight 7 lbs. 12 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good as refurbished. The barrels, action and furniture each retain nearly all of their renewed blued and casehardened finish. The barrels have polishing marks beneath the finish. The deep engraved decoration remains crisp and finely detailed. The stock has been refinished and retains mostly well-defined checkering with some softening and occasional scattered minor age related storage and handling marks. The case is good with well-worn replacement initial leather, straps absent. Interior has some scattered wear spots and some replaced lining. Label is a quality reproduction. Toplever a little stiff, forearm iron standing slightly proud, otherwise mechanically excellent.

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