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Lot 1433: Westley Richards Super Magnum Explora Droplock Shot & Ball Gun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 26, 2023

Lot 1433: Westley Richards Super Magnum Explora Droplock Shot & Ball Gun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 26, 2023

Estimated Price: $12,000 - $17,000
Price Realized:

Gold Inlaid Westley Richards Super Magnum Explora Droplock Double Barrel Ejector Shot & Ball Gun

Manufacturer: Westley Richards
Model: Explora
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 576
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 350
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Shot & ball guns such as this one were once quite popular, giving the user the utility of two guns in one, and the ability to take game from upland birds to dangerous game on the plains of Africa and jungles of India. This gun was manufactured in 1909 per page 127 of Nigel Brown's "British Gunmakers Volume One: London". Blued steel barrels with a beaded blade front sight, five folding leaf rear sight on the matted rear quarter rib, "WESTLEY RICHARDS. 178. NEW BOND St. LONDON" and "SUPER MAGNUM Explora" marked on the right and left barrels respectively, rifled chokes, correct period Birmingham proof marks, and bands of engraving at the breeches. The vibrantly casehardened hand detachable droplock action is marked with very attractive simple "WESTLEY RICHARDS." in fine gold inlay on either side. The gun features double triggers and a tang mounted automatic safety switch with gold inlaid "SAFE" marking. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered forend with Deeley latch release, and straight grip stock with blank inscription oval, gold star inlaid in the right side of the stock, and leather covered recoil pad. Length of pull 15 1/8 inches. Weight 8 lbs. 4 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 98% professionally reapplied blue finish, 95% plus original case colors, minor handling evidence, and some silvering on the forend shoe. The wood is also very fine with a few minor pressure marks and scratches, some wear to the recoil pad, and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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