Lot #482
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Lot 483: Engraved W. J. Jeffery & Co. Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 19, 2023

Lot 483: Engraved W. J. Jeffery & Co. Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 19, 2023

Estimated Price: $35,000 - $55,000
Price Realized:

Factory Engraved W. J. Jeffery & Co. Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle in .450/400 Nitro Express with Case

Manufacturer: Jeffery W J & Co Ltd
Model: Double-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 450/400 N.E. 3"
Barrel: 24 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1100
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 368
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured between 1929 and 1939 per Nigel Brown's "British Gunmakers Volume One: London". Blued steel barrels with a ramped beaded blade front sight with flip up moon sight, three position (one standing, two folding) rear sight on the raised rear quarter rib, "W. J. JEFFERY & Co. Ltd. 9 GOLDEN SQUARE REGENT STREET. LONDON. W.1." on the smooth rib, and chambers with ejectors. The casehardened sidelock action displays beautifully executed extensive scroll engraving surrounding "W. J. JEFFERY & Co. Ltd" on either lockplate as well as attractive nitre blued pins. The engraving continues onto the triggerguard, both tangs, toplever, and the nicely sculpted fences. This rifle is a piece of artwork which exudes class from the glory days of hunting in India and Africa. The rifle features bushed firing pins, double triggers, and a tang mounted automatic safety switch with gold inlaid "SAFE". Attractively figured, multi-point checkered forend with engraved fittings, including the Anson button release, and pistol grip stock with tear drop flats, casehardened trapdoor grip cap, shadowline cheekpiece, inscription oval marked with three letter initials, and a checkered buttplate. Includes a leather wrapped takedown case marked "S. ROSEN" on the lid with Jeffery internal label and a pair of nickel snap caps. Length of pull 14 9/16 inches. Weight 9 lbs. 13 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall as masterfully restored, retaining 99% blue finish and 95% case colors with minor handling evidence, a few tiny dings in the wood, and sharp checkering on the stock and forend. The case is very good with mild wear. Mechanically excellent.



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