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   walnut stock. The Birmingham firm of G.E. Lewis & Sons established a fine
reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for producing excellent wildfowling
guns. The present shotgun, probably made in the mid-1920s, is one such
example featuring long 32 inch barrels, long 3 inch chambers and a side-
clipped action engraved with panel game scenes on each side featuring ducks taking flight in a river bank setting. With blacked fluid steel barrels with matted concave rib signed “G.E. LEWIS & SONS. 32 & 33 LOWER LOVEDAY STREET. BIRMINGHAM”, the barrel flats struck with Birmingham nitro proof marks and 1977 nitro reproof marks. Casehardened treble grip action with cross bolt, signed “G.E. LEWIS & SONS” on each side, and with blued toplever and automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”. Border and scroll engraving throughout in addition to the panel game scenes. Well figured semi-pistol grip stock with carved drop points, checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release, blank silver oval initial escutcheon to the underside of the butt, and checkered dark horn heel plate. In leather fitted gun case lined in green baize, the lid with printed G.E. Lewis & Sons trade label. Stock measurements: 1 5/8 inch drop at comb; 2 3/8 inch drop at heel; 14 3/16 inch length of pull; cast off; weight 7 lbs. 12 oz.
CONDITION: Very fine. Barrels retaining nearly all of the reblued finish with some scattered corrosion spotting visible beneath the finish, rib matting and signature
clear, loose on action. Action with traces of original casehardened finish, crisp engraving. Floorplate and trigger guard reblued, floorplate with some marking from the forearm iron. Stock with well-defined checkering, some scattered storage and handling marks and bruises throughout. Mechanically very good. Case with some age wear, one exterior leather strap split.
Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection.
tools. Stock measurements: 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 1/8 inch drop at heel; 14 3/4 inch length of pull; weight 5 lbs 9 oz.
CONDITION: Very fine, retaining 99% professionally reapplied blue finish, 97% original case colors on the action, and areas of light freckling. The wood is also very fine with a small chip in the left of the forend, minor marks, and sharp checkering. The case is also very fine with light wear. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 2,500 - 4,000
and scrollwork. The underside of the barrels with various markings, St. Etienne semi-smokeless proof marks and respectively signed “DIDIER DREVET” and “CANONNIER A ST. ETIENNE” on the flats. Scalloped and side-clipped treble grip action with manual safety with gold inlaid “SUR”, double casehardened triggers, the front trigger articulated. The action and trigger guard with casehardened finish and finely engraved with further flowering foliage and scrollwork en suite with the breech ends of the barrels. Figured straight-hand stock with artificial stripes, carved stepped drop points, checkered heel, and fine checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release. Stock measurements: 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 1/8 inch drop at heel; 14 5/16 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 7 lbs 11 oz.
CONDITION: Fine. The barrels retain 98% original blue finish with clear engraved details at the breech end, some corrosion marking to the underside of the barrels covered by the forearm, bores generally bright with some minor surface marking. Action with very fine and crisp engraving, generally a faded grey patina with traces of stronger casehardened finish in sheltered areas. Trigger guard with some surface discoloration, engraving clear. Stock is very good with delicate, very fine multi-point checkering to the grip and forearm, more open checkering to the heel, numerous age related storage and handling marks, blemishes and some deep scratching. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection.
    258 Estimate: 2,250 - 3,500
  LOT 424
Rare Panel Game
Scene Engraved G.E. Lewis & Sons 12 Bore (3 Inch)
Double Barrel Boxlock Ejector Duck Shotgun - Serial no. 14881, 12 gauge, 32 inch solid rib bbl., blue/casehardened finish,
Estimate: 2,750 - 4,000
LOT 425
Factory Engraved Webley & Scott 28 Gauge Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun with Case - Serial no. 138896, 28 gauge, 26 inch solid rib bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock.
Proofed at the Birmingham proof house in 1968. Blued steel barrels with smooth, concave solid rib, “Webley & SCOTT” and “BIRMINGHAM” on the right and left barrels respectively, and chambers marked 2 3/4 inches with ejectors. The boxlock
action shows light scrollwork with “WEBLEY & SCOTT” on either side and features double triggers and automatic tang mounted safety switch. Lightly figured, multi-point checkered walnut splinter forend with Anson button release and engraved fittings and straight grip stock
with blank inscription oval and serrated bare butt. Includes a canvas bound takedown case marked “N.A.W.” on the lid with cleaning rod, and cleaning
LOT 426
Fine and Rare Engraved Didier Drevet 10 Bore Double Barrel Boxlock Pigeon Shotgun - Serial no. 9523,
10 gauge, 29 3/4 inch solid rib bbl., blue/casehardened finish,
walnut stock. This rare French pigeon gun is dated 1907 on the underside of the barrels
and is marked with legend “GRAND-PRIX 1900” on each barrel flat. With blued rib-less barrels with single extractor, choked .044/.047 inches (full/full), and with blade front sight and short raised sighting
flat at the breech end. The breech end of each tube and the sighting flat engraved with fine flowering foliage

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