***** HERE ***** H.J. HUSSEY 12 BORE SXS SPORTING GUN 2 BBL SET * CASED SN 14218
Price: Gone to Charlton Hall Auction October 26, 2017
HERE ***** H.J. HUSSEY 12 BORE SXS SPORTING GUN 2 BBL SET * CASED SN 14218. 27 inch nitro proof sleeved barrels with game rib marked H.J. HUSSEY LTD., 81 NEW BOND STREET LONDON. Circa - 1898-1911. 27 inch replacement nitro proof barrels with Churchill rib. Barrels marked H.J. HUSSEY 61 PALL MALL ST. JAMES LONDON ENGLAND. BOTH SETS OF BARRELS BY THE MAKER! Case hardened sidelock action with 8 pin locks fully engraved with fine foliate scroll and bouquets. Ejectors. Automatic safety. Finely checkered straight grip stock of contrasting semi figured walnut. Drop points. Older Silvers type recoil pad. Finely checkered splinter fore end with Anson style release. Later leather single gun trunk case of grained leather with green baize interior. No label.
Condition: Excellent, as partially redone. Sleeved barrels show 98% bluing. Bright bores. Replacement barrels show 96-98% bluing. Bright bores. Polished silver action and triggerguard. Top lever and floorplate showing faded bluing. Refreshed stock shows light handling marks. Case in very good condition with loose partition and scuffing to exterior.
Bores: 0.729/0.729 inches. Chokes: 0.014/0.027 inches Modified/ Improved Modified. Chambers: 2 3/4 inches. Proof: London Nitro, Reproof .729 .729 2 1/2 3 tons LP 80. Minimum wall thickness: 0.031 inches. Sleeved barrel dimensions: Bores: 0.728/0.727 inches. Chokes: 0.006/0.001 inches Cylinder. Chambers: 2 1/2 inches. Proof: London Nitro .729 .729 3 1/4 tons LP 80. Minimum wall thickness: 0.033 inches. Stock dimensions: Pull: 15 inches. Drop at comb: 1 5/8 inches. Drop at heel: 2 inches. Cast: none. Weight: 6 lbs 15 oz.
H.J. HUSSEY IS CONSIDERED TO BE A LONDON BEST GUN ON A PAR WITH JAMES PURDEY, HOLLAND AND HOLLAND, & BOSS! THIS A VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF HIS WORK AT A GOOD PRICE!
Although the founder of the firm was Henry Joseph Hussey, there was at least one Hussey previously in the gun trade and that was John, gunmaker, recorded at 4 Carpenter Street Grosvenor Square, from 1816 - 1824. He was an expert barrel borer for the great Joseph Manton and is so mentioned in Col. Hawker's diaries in 1827.
It is known that H.J. Hussey was the assistant manager of Holland and Holland and, when he left them in 1894, he went to join James Lang & Co. Ltd. at it's premises at 102 New Bond St. Leaving Lang he went into business on his own in 1898 as H.J. HUSSEY LTD. at 81 New Bond Street and remained there until 1911.
These and other details taken from "British Gunmakers Volume 1 - London" by Nigel Brown.
Comments from readers of this web site: "Attractive gun with two sets of barrels. New set of barrels proved in London, date coded 1980, with maker's name and 61 Pall Mall, St. James's address. Grant & Lang (which became Atkin Grant & Lang in 1960) succeeded to the remanents of the Hussey business in 1930. AG&L was at 61 Pall Mall 1976-1980. So, new barrels are by the maker in 1980. Also has the original barrels, now sleeved, re-proved in London, also date coded 1980, so the original barrels were probably sleeved by the maker at the same time the new barrels were made."
A TWO BARREL SET BY A LONDON BEST MAKER AT HALF OR LESS THE SINGLE BARREL GUN PRICE!!!