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***** HERE ***** HUNTER AND KIRKER 12 BORE SXS SPORTING GUN 2 BBL SET * CASED !
Region: Antiques
Price: Gone to Charlton Hall Auction October 26, 2017

HERE ***** HUNTER AND KIRKER, BELFAST, 12 BORE SXS SPORTING GUN 2 BBL SET * CASED NVSN. Rare Irish made. Damascus bbls, 1 30 inch choked cyl/mod and the other 28 1/8 inch choked full/imp-mod. Both have tapered concave smooth ribs with sgl bead, dolls head rib extensions, extractors and sgl underbite with dbl triggers. The 30 inch bbls are faintly marked on rib with makers name and adress. The 26 inch bbls with only makers name and BELFAST. It has a well formed boxlock action with Anson and Deeley Patent on water table with Westley Richards style opening lever. Fences have a sgl raised rib around back radius. Mounted with very highly figured burl honey and chocolate Circassion walnut with checkered splinter forearm and pistol grip stock with checkered raised teardrop side panels, horn grip cap, 14 1/4 inch over a serrated horn buttplate. Receiver is very nicely engraved with about 70% coverage very fine foliate arabesque patterns. All appended metal is engraved to match and top tang has SAFE in gold. The 30 inch bbls have light patterns of matching engraving at breech end and on rib extension. The 26 inch bbls are engraved in a different pattern. Both sets of bbls are black powder proofed and have 2 1/2 inch chambers. Accompanied by an original Hunter and Son red felt lined leather trunk case with makers label in lid and embossed on top BELFAST. There is a blanked space which may have originally held orig owners name. Bottom is compartmented for stocked receiver, both sets of bbls, a 2 pc brass and ebony cleaning rod and other compartments containing implements.

26 inch bbls: Bore diameter: left .719, right .719. Bore restrictions: left .015, right .015. Wall thickness: left .039, right .041. 30 inch bbls: Bore diameter: left .736, right .736. Bore restrictions: left .05, right .026. Wall thickness: left .032, right .031. Drop at heel: 2 1/8 inch. Drop at comb 1 1/4 inch. Weight with 30 inch bbls: 6 lbs 9.92 oz. it appears that the 26 inch bbls are jug choked.

Condition: Good. bbls retain a mottled brown patina having been restored a long time ago. Rib on 26 inch bbls has been cleaned bright. Receiver and appended metal have been cleaned bright. Wood is sound with usual handling markings, retains most of a very old professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, 30 inch bbls have strong bores with fine pitting. It appears that the left bbl has been honed. The 26 inch bbls have strong bright bores. Case is in great condition with light to moderate wear and some light soil inside.

   

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