The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed on November 21, 1885 for Colonel Arthur Ellis as the No. 1 of a pair with "lever down guard", sideclipped action, and pistol grip stock. Blued steel barrels with dual bead sights on the smooth concave solid rid which is marked with "The Automatic" as well as a gold "1" and the James Woodward address, original London "Not for Ball" proof marks, and chambers measuring 2 3/4 inches with single extractor. The barrels have been sleeved and the original rib reinstalled, the gun has not been reproofed indicating the work was possibly done in the U.S. The casehardened, sideclipped sidelock action displays arcaded fences, a gold "1" on the top, "J. WOODWARD & SONS" on either side, and extensive scroll engraving. The gun features a tang mounted safety catch with gold inlaid "SAFE" and double triggers. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings, including the Anson button release, and straight grip stock with teardrop drop points and checkered bare butt. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .727/.727 inches; choke constriction .012/.019 inches; minimum wall thickness .023/.027 inches; 1 7/16 inch drop at comb; 2 1/2 inch drop at heel; 15 1/8 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs. 10 oz.
Very good, retaining 98% reapplied blue finish, some case colors in the protected areas with an attractive silver patina on the balance, and light handling evidence. The replacement stock is very fine with a few minor scratches and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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