October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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A very rare & special circa 1930 .404 Nitro Express Double Rifle from the premiere Birmingham, England gunmaker Westley Richards. From our research this sidelock double rifle in the .404 Jeffery Rimless Nitro Express cartridge is the only one built by the maker. This lovely rifle is adorned with beautiful 24" steel barrels with a quarter rib, dolls head extension, and ejectors. The underside of barrels are engraved with the barrel makers initials of "H.L". Barrel flats are clean and are marked with the appropriate Birmingham proofs as well as "CORDITE 60 - 400 MAX" "MADE IN ENGLAND" and ".404 2.87". The rib reads "WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO. LONDON." Right barrel reads "REGULATED FOR 400 GRN BULLET." Left barrel reads "FOR .404RIMLESS CARTRIDGE". The nicely flat filed raised quarter rib is affixed with one standing sight at 100 and consecutive folding leaf sights at 200, 300, 400 and 500 yards. Muzzle of barrel is fitted with the "WESTLEY RICHARDS PATENT COMBINATION" hinged hooded silver tipped blade fore sight which also bears a flip up white moon sight. The clean case colored action breech face houses fire blued disc set strikers and a dolls head third fastener. The strong sidelock action features double triggers, auto safety, engraved blacked top lever, and a blacked engraved trigger guard. The colorful case colored lockplates are handsomely scroll engraved with "WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO." in a flowing banner along with gold line cocking indicators. Rifle furniture is blacked. The well figured and dark walnut stock is stocked to the fences and has drop points, sharp 24 line per inch checkered pistol grip that is fitted with a case colored engraved steel cap box, shadow line cheekpiece, gold oval with initials/crest and an orange Silver's style butt pad. Stock and barrels both have eyes for sling. The matching splinter forend is adequately fitted with a horn forend tip, Deeley release. This beautiful rifle is also equipped with a custom oak and leather grey elephant hide case. The case is fitted with a black leather Westley Richards Trade Label, two oil bottles, pair of brass snap caps, three rosewood turnscrews, custom handled barrel cleaning tool, rosewood striker pot, wooden/brass cleaning rod and case keys. CONDITION: Excellent. Barrels retain 98 percent blue and rifling is strong. Forend is very good with slight handling marks. Stock is very good over all with small chips at horns, behind locks and just a few slight handling marks. Case label is coming unglued otherwise elephant hide case is also in excellent condition. This classic rifle and caliber is one for the collector/African game hunter. CP
Barrel Length
.404 Rimless Nitro Express
Drop at Heel
2 - 5/8"
FFL Status
Curio & Relic
Length of Pull
15 - 3/16"
Westley Richards & Co.
SXS Double Rifle
Serial Number
10 lbs 8 oz
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $40,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $80,000 - $90,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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