The makers have kindly confirmed that this rifle was completed in 1898 with the sidelever configuration lending particularly clean lines to this elegant double rifle. With blued barrels with solid flat rib signed “HENRY ATKIN (FROM PURDEY’S) 2 JERMYN STREET HAYMARKET LONDON” and fitted with bead front sight and rear sight of one standing notch sight and two folding leaves each with platinum inlaid center line and graduated to 250 yards. Casehardened border engraved action with removable firing pin bushings, blued automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”, blued sidelever with finely checkered thumb catch, casehardened trigger plate and blued trigger guard. Casehardened border engraved sidelocks each signed “HENRY ATKIN”. The underside of the barrels and water table struck with London proof marks. Figured 14 5/8 inch walnut pistol grip stock with raised cheek piece, grooved butt, panels of multipoint checkering to the grip and forearm, the former with casehardened cap, the latter with blued lever release. The underside of the butt with blank silver oval initial escutcheon and blued sling mount, the corresponding sling mount fitted beneath the barrel. Includes a period brass cornered oak and leather case marked "A.C.R" with green baize interior and leather maker's label. Weight 8 lbs. 12 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Very fine. The barrels retain nearly all of the reblued finish with crisp signature. Action, locks and grip cap retain 90% original bright casehardened finish, engraving crisp. Stock has some scattered age related storage and handling blemishes throughout, checkering and drop points well defined. The case is very fine with various handling marks and replacement leather straps. The original interior has a few light scuffs with tears, and the label has a few light marks on the edges. Mechanically excellent.
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