Manufactured circa the 1890s. Unfortunately, all exact records were lost during the Second World War to a German bombing raid. Blued steel barrels with a single bead sight on the smooth solid rib which is marked with the Blanch address, 1998 dated London reproofs and 2 3/4 inch chambers. The casehardened Thomas Perkes' patent action displays beautiful scroll engraving surrounding "J. BLANCH & SON" banners on either plate with engraving extending to the tangs and trigger guard. The gun features double triggers and tang mounted manual safety with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautifully figured, extensively checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings, including the Blanch & Sons Improved Snap Bolt, and straight grip stock with checkered bare butt. Includes a brass cornered leather bound takedown case with Bland & Son label. Stock measurements: 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 inch drop at heel; 14 3/4 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 6 lbs. 4 oz.
Very fine, retaining 99% of the professionally reapplied blue finish, attractive silver patina to the action, softened barrel address, small dent in the right barrel, crack on the trigger plate behind the rear trigger, light handling marks, and sharp checkering to the replacement stock. The case is very good. Mechanically excellent.
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