October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/22/2019
(ca 1906) Chopper lump barrels are engraved "Boss & Co 73, St. James's Street London." on narrow swamped game ribs. The numbers "1" and "2" are gold inlaid on rear portions of ribs, top levers, and forend tips denoting a true pair. Barrel flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-1/2" chambers and 2000 London reproofs for 2-3/4" chambers. Serial numbers are on bottoms of barrels. Case hardened sidelock actions are stocked to the fences, and feature automatic safeties ("SAFE" inlaid in gold), gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and Boss patent single non-selective triggers. Action and lockplates are engraved in classic Boss house style rose and scroll, as executed by Jack Sumner with 16 rose bouquets. Beaded small bow trigger guards have matching scroll and serial numbers in relief on tangs. Fairly well matched nicely streaked and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstocks measure 15" over black leather covered pad. Stocks feature classic drop points, point pattern checkering, and gold ovals. Matching splinter Boss ejector forends have Anson releases. Guns are housed in what appears to be their original oak and leather two gun case with brass corners embossed "P. ALEXANDER" "ROYAL FUSILIERS" on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and has large paper Boss label in lid with correct address, and another information label regarding single trigger guns. Case contains two pairs of snap caps. (One cap marked Purdey) CONDITION: Fine, as refurbished, most likely at time of reproof, with breech faces cleaned up, etc. Barrels retain over 95% "best" London black. Actions and locks have traces of faded case color under new lacquer. Newer buttstocks retain nearly all of their original hand rubbed oil finish. Forends refurbished and refinished with chipped wood replaced toward tips of left side of both (piece on gun "2" beginning to separate). Checkering competently re-cut. Bores appear to be excellent. Actions are tight. Barrels are on face. Ejectors are in time. Extractors on gun "2" bound a bit, will not lift cartridges high. Case leather has considerably darkened and stained, with numerous rubs and marks. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is good to fine, considerably rubbed and soiled, partitions are good. Labels are oil soaked, rubbed, and foxed. A solid pair of Bosses that, with some TLC, are ready for many more years of use. MGM17
Barrel Length
(A) 30" (B) 30"
Barrel Wall Thickness
(A) L .034 R .031 (2) L .031 R .032
2 - 3/4"
(A) L .021 (Mod) R .010 (IC) (B) L .019 (Mod) R .009 (IC)
Drop at Comb
(A) 1 - 7/16" (B) 1 - 7/16"
Drop at Heel
(A) 2 - 3/8" (B) 2 - 3/8"
FFL Status
Curio & Relic
12 Bore
Internal Bore Diameter
(A) L .729 R .729 (B) L .729 R .730
Length Of Pull
15" cast about 1/4 off
Boss & Co.
Serial Number
(A) 5445 (B) 5446
(A) 6 lbs 12 oz (B) 6 lbs 12 oz
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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