Joseph Lang & Son, Best Quality Sidelock Ejector, Self-Opener, 12 GA, 28" barrels - Excellent Plus
Guns International #: 100624664 Seller's Inventory #: 31-2015
Category: Lang, Joseph Shotguns - Shotguns - Live Pigeon
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Member Since: 9/26/07
First Name: Roger
Country: United States
Seller: Private Seller
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
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SOLD ** Joseph Lang & Son, Best Quality Sidelock Ejector, 12 GA, 28” barrels, Assist-Opener,
Joseph Lang & Son, 102 New Bond Street, London; A 12 gauge "Highest Quality" Sidelock Ejector (stocked to the fences), Serial Number 13795 completed in 1910 with original 28” Whitworth Ejector Chopper lump barrels choked Improve Modified and Improved Cylinder, with concave rib. Original 2 1/2" chambers, great wall thickness at .031" for both barrels, weight 6 lb. 11 oz. This is not a Purdey, but it could pass for one as it was built by James Purdey’s grandson, Joseph Lang, who apprenticed with his grandfather and then made a name for himself. Still in business today as Atkin Grant and Lang.
Ejectors, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock with unusually handsome figure of contrasting colors in English walnut that measures 1 ½ x 2 ¼ x 14 5/8” over 3/4" original Silvers pad, ½” Cast-off for the right hand. Masterful Turn-of-the-Century English engraving of 95% coverage in the finest period scroll and rosette in the Purdey pattern, very well cut and as sharp and crisp as it was in 1910. The gold monogram oval remains vacant. Receiver is coin finished, the barrel blue at 98%, The buttstock and forend remain at 96%, The checkering at 99%, Both bores are excellent and remain with the original bore size as they left Lang in 1910; cased in the original oak & leather trunk with accessories.
Brief History of Joseph Lang: Lang can trace its beginning from 1821. Joseph Lang senior married James Purdey’s daughter, Eliza in 1828, and became one of the first pioneers of breech loading sporting firearms in the 1850's. He was very active with sporting dogs and early day field trials. The company became Joseph Lang & Son in 1875 when his son, also named Joseph, joined his father’s company upon completing his apprenticeship with his maternal grandfather, James Purdey. Like Purdey, the firm of Joseph Lang & Son became renowned as a best quality gunmaker. They moved to 10 Pall Mall in 1890. In 1895, they moved again to the prestigious address of 102 New Bond Street and in 1901 became Joseph Lang & Son Ltd. In 1907 the firm introduced the ever popular 470 Nitro Express. The sole USA agent was Abercrombie & Fitch in 1914 to 1919. In 1925 the firm combined with Stephen Grant. In the 1930's Grant & Lang joined with Beesley, Hellis, Hussey, Watson Bros. and Lancaster over a ten year period. In 1960, Atkin was added and the firm operated as Atkin, Grant & Lang and by 1971, it became Churchill, Atkin, Grant & Lang. In 2011, the business was purchased by Francis Lovel and is today building Grant over & unders, Grant sidelever's, Atkin spring openers, Atkin over & unders, Lang double express rifles and Lang bolt rifles. See atkingrantandlang.
Inscriptions: The left and right sidelocks are inscribed “JOSEPH LANG & SON.” “SAFE” is gold filled on the tang. The smooth concave rib is inscribed “JOSEPH LANG & SON. 102 NEW BOND STREET LONDON.”
Seller is the author of The Rifleman’s Rifle (Winchester pre-64 Model 70s) and will furnish a Letter of Provenance that this gun is from his collection. Please check out author’s feedback on ebay under rcrwin70roger. 3-day non-firing inspection for full refund, shipping is $65 to buyer’s FFL, payment by MO, certified check , wire transfer or personal check with wait for validation. For questions, call (678) 971-4173 and ask for Roger.