JOSEPH LANG 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- VERY NICE 1913 PAIR- BUILT for C. LEDYARD BLAIR- #1 GUN with an EXTRA BARREL- ALL 28" CHOPPER LUMP
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Company: Champlin Firearms Inc.
Member Since: 11/19/07
First Name: George
Last Name: Caswell
Country: United States
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#15422 & 15423, Joseph Lang & Son, 102 New Bond Street, London; A 12 Bore Pair of "Highest Quality" Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Key Detachable Lock Game Guns Completed May 1, 1913 for Mr. C. Ledyard Blair, Mr. Blair was a prominent American Investment Banker and a Yachtsman; #1 gun is 28" Whitworth Ejector Chopper lump barrels at .732 .000 & .017" (Cyl. & Mod.) Original 2 5/8" chambers, Wall thickness at .026" on both barrels, This #1 gun has a spare set of barrels by the Maker at .731 .035 & .037" (Full & Full), 2 3/4" chambers reproved to such in 1983 in London, Wall thickness at .028" on both barrels: The #2 gun is 28" Whitworth Ejector Chopper lump barrels at .731 .000 & .017" (Cyl. & Mod.) Original 2 5/8" chambers, Wall thickness at .026" on both barrels; Both guns at 6 lbs. 10 oz. and 1 ounce heavier with the spare barrels on the #1 gun, The pair with Ejectors, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock and both 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" over 1" Silvers pads, Cast-off for the right hand, Both guns 6 lbs. 10 oz., 95% coverage of period rose & scroll engraving that is very well cut, The #1 gun has 35% original case colors, The #2 gun at 15% colors, The barrel blue on all 3 barrel sets at 94%, The buttstocks and forends remain at 94%, The checkering at 92%, Number 1 & 2 in Gold, The engraving remains very sharp & crisp, All 6 bores are excellent and remain with the original bore size as they left Lang in 1913, The pair is cased in their original brass cornered oak & leather trunk that fits all 3 sets of barrels. This is a very nice pair of guns that remain in very nice condition and originally owned by a very influential American. Since the early 1980's they were owned by only 2 Americans and both were gentlemen of the first rank that appreciated quality best guns. The guns are lettered and listed as "Highest Quality". In the early part of the 20th century 85% of Joseph Lang guns had 28" barrels as opposed to the usual 30" barrels. In 1913 Mr. C. Ledyard Blair paid 183 British pounds for the pair with the O&L trunk, which was about $950 U.S. ////////////////////////////// Mr. C. Ledyard Blair was a prominent American Investment Banker and a Yachtsman. His turn of the century historic 38-room mansion called “Blairsden” still stands to this day in Peapack, New Jersey. In recent years the Blairsden Estate was under heavy restoration. He also owned a mansion in New York City, now known as C. Ledyard Blair House. He was the grandson of John Insley Blair, one of the wealthiest men of the 19th century. /////////////////////////////// Joseph Lang married James Purdey daughter and was 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. It became Joseph Lang & Son in 1875, the son also named Joseph, apprenticed at Purdey. They moved to 10 Pall Mall in 1890 and became Joseph Lang & Son Ltd. in 1901. In 1907 the firm introduced the ever popular 470 Nitro Express. The sole USA agent was Abercrombie & Fitch in 1914 with a 5 year agreement. In 1925 the firm went with Stephen Grant. In the 1930's Grant & Lang joined with Atkin, Beesley, Hellis, Hussey, Watson Bros. and Lancaster. In 1960 the firm was operating as Atkin, Grant & Lang and by 1971 it was Churchill, Atkin, Grant & Lang. In the 1990's Ken Duglan operated it as AG&L and by mid-2011 Mr. Francis Lovel purchased the business. He was no stranger to the trade as he also owns Francis Lovel & Co. Ltd. Mr. Lovel shortly thereafter started building Grant over & unders, Grant sidelever's, Atkin spring openers, Atkin over & unders, Lang double express rifles and Lang bolt rifles. You can check out their offerings at atkingrantandlang