October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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(1925) 29" chopper lump barrels are engraved with Dickson's name and Edinburgh address on narrow swamped game ribs. Rear portions of ribs are gold inlaid "1" and "2" which also appears on top levers, and forend tips denoting a true pair. These guns are also listed as a pair in "John Dickson & Son; The Round Action Gunmaker" by Donald Dallas. Barrel flats are stamped with London nitro proofs along with 1989 London re-proofs at .736 and 2 - 1/2" chambers. Round bodied trigger plate case hardened actions (patent use numbers 1616 and 1617) feature automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), pivoting third fasteners, and double triggers. Actions are engraved with 90% coverage classic rose and scroll, with very fine shading and detail as done by the Sumner engravers of London. Maker's name is on each side of action, and bottoms are engraved "DICKSON'S PATENT". Blued trigger guards with rose and scroll on bows have serial numbers in semi-relief on tangs. Somewhat matched European walnut straight grip buttstocks are classically styled with point pattern checkering at grips and gold ovals on toe lines engraved "L. N. R." Gun "1" is of fiddle figured and well marbled European walnut, and measures 14 - 5/8" over ribbed wood butt on 5/8" extension. Gun no. "2" is of lightly marbled and figured European walnut measures 14 - 3/4" over checkered wood butt with no extension. Matching splinter forends have Anson releases. On round action guns the ejector mechanism is housed and tripped within the action body itself. The Dickson ejector system is very strong and reliable and was copied by Ruger for use in their "Gold Label" guns. When acting only as extractors, unfired cartridges are lifted 1/2" from chambers. Guns are housed in what appears to be their original two-gun leather case embossed "L. NEIL ROBERTSON" on central rectangle. Interior is lined in blue green velvet, and has blue printed paper Dickson & Son 63 Princes Street label in lid (used from 1920 - 1928). Bottom compartment is separated by dust flap, and has space for both guns and barrels, and contains a brass and ebony two piece cleaning rod, Dickson marked square oil bottle, and two old hinge pins. CONDITION: Very good, as refurbished, most likely at time of re-proof. Barrels retain over 95% "best" re-black, engraving on ribs almost unreadable. Actions retain traces of original case hardening color where protected, around fences, and on trigger plates, balance a fine pewter gray, all engraving remains clear. Top levers and trigger guards re-blued and retain nearly all of that blue, engraving is somewhat softened. Stocks retain nearly all of a hand rubbed oil finish over some old marks, and with a few subsequent nicks and dings. Checkering is somewhat worn, dirty, and does not appear to have been re-cut, except for a "repair" to a dent on forend of gun "2". Bores are excellent. Actions are tight. Barrels are on face. Ejectors are strong and slightly out of time on both guns. Case leather is still relatively light in color, and has quite a few bumps and rubs on edges. Straps and handle are good, but losing top grain. Interior cloth is very good to fine with some bumps, rubs, and cuts. Label is very fine with some light foxing toward top. Partitions are good. Dust flap has cloth worn through and piping missing at edges. Accessories are good. MGM52.
Barrel Length
(A) 29" (B) 29"
Barrel Wall Thickness
(A) (BOTH) .020 (B) (L) .017 (R) .023
2 - 1/2"
(A) (L) .032 (Full) (R) .010 (Imp. Cyl) (B) (L) .032 (Full) (R) .006 (Imp. Cyl.)
Drop at Comb
(A) 1 - 3/8" (B) 1 - 3/8"-
Drop at Heel
(A) 1 - 3/4" (B) 1 - 13/16"
FFL Status
Curio & Relic
12 Bore
Internal Bore Diameter
(A) (L) .735 (R) .737 (B) (L) .737 (R) .733
Length of Pull
(A) 14 - 5/8" Cast 1/8 off (B) 14 - 3/4" Cast 1/4 off.
John Dickson
SxS Round Action
(A) 6 lbs 4 oz. (B) 6 lbs 6 oz.
Serial Number
(A) 7033; (B) 7034
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $13,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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