October 30 - November 2, 2018 Firearms, Militaria, & Sporting
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(1924) The "Premiere" sidelock was Churchill's highest grade, many were built with pinless sidelocks allowing for an uninterrupted flow of engraving. Screws that hold bridle and all pivots except the tumblers are housed in bosses, machined into the back of the lockplate or into extra thick lockplates, and did not protrude and could not be seen from the outside. This pair of pinless guns has 25" barrels with matted, concave ribs. Rear portions of ribs are gold inlaid "XXV" and with either "1" or "2" matching gold numbers on top levers and forend tips denoting a matched pair. There are 1-1/4" triangles of well cut scroll at breech ends. Tops of barrels are engraved "E. J. Churchill. (Gunmakers) Ltd." and "8 Agar St Strand. London. W. C. 2". Barrel flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2 - 1/2" chambers. Case hardened sidelock actions feature non-automatic safeties, gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, and single selective triggers, selected by safety button similar to a Miller. Actions and lockplates are engraved with full coverage exceptionally well cut varying sized shaded scroll. "E. J. Churchill" is in scroll terminated riband at the front of each lockplate. Bottoms of actions are gold inlaid and engraved. "Premier" "Finest XXV Quality" "Model". Blued top levers and single beaded trigger guards have matching scroll. Serial numbers are on tangs. Best quality newly made well matched nicely marbled and figured European walnut round knob pistol grip buttstocks measure 14-3/4" over Silver type pads and feature classic drop points, point pattern checkering at grips, and vacant silver ovals on bottoms. Matching splinter ejector forends have Anson releases. Guns come with their original oak and leather case with brass corners embossed "JSW" on rectangle on top. Interior is lined in royal blue cloth and has paper blue ink Churchill Agar Street label in lid. Case is configured for both guns and contains cleaning equipment and a pair of A&F marked snap caps. Also included is a green plastic leather trimmed two gun carrying case for shipping and everyday use. CONDITION: Very fine, as refurbished. Barrels retain essentially all of a "best" London quality re-black. Actions retain a considerable amount of their original case hardening color, perhaps as much as 60%, percentage difficult to ascertain due to extensive engraving. Lockplates have perhaps 70 - 80%. Newly made stocks retain essentially all of their original finish with some light scratches, mostly on gun "2". Bores are excellent. Actions are tight. Ejectors are strong and in time. Triggers work well. Case leather is dark, stained, considerably rubbed. Straps are good. Handle is missing. Interior cloth is good with rubs and soiling. Partitions re-configured for longer stocks, with some patches. Label is very fine, lightly foxed. Accessories are good. Carrying case is excellent. MGM140

Item Dimensions: (A) 32" L x 12" W x 5" H (B) 28 - 1/2" L x 13 - 1/4 W x 3 - 1/2" H.
2 Cases & Accessories
Barrel Length
Barrel Wall Thickness
(1) L .024 R .026 (2) L .026 R .026
2 - 3/4"
(1) L .024 (mod) R .009 (IC) (2) L .007 (IC) R .000 (cyl)
Drop at Comb
(1) 1 - 7/16" (2) 1 - 7/16"
Drop at Heel
(1) 2 - 5/16" (2) 2 - 3/16"
FFL Status
Curio & Relic
Internal Bore Diameter
(1) L .729 R .728 (2) L .729 R .731
Length Of Pull
14 - 3/4" cast 1/2 off (2) cast 1/8 off
E.J. Churchill
Serial Number
(1) 2891 (2) 2892
(1) 6 lbs 7 oz (2) 6 lbs 8 oz
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $7,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $14,000 - $18,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Friday, November 2, 2018.
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