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STEPHEN GRANT 500 3" BPE- VERY NICE 1879 CLASSIC UNDERLEVER HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC. PLUS BORES- 85% SCROLL ENGRAVING- 28" STEEL Bbls.- STOUT RI
#4572, Stephen Grant & Sons, 67A St. James's Street, London: A Very Nice Engraved 500 3" Black Powder Express Double Rifle with Excellent Plus Bores, Made in 1879, Jones Action Underlever Back-Action with Non-Rebounding Hammers, It is with 28" steel barrels, Full length rib with 1 standing & 1 folding express sights that are platinum lined & sighted at 100 & 200 yards, Percussion style fences, Dolphin hammers, Hammer safeties mounted forward of the hammers, Frontal Anson forend release, Full length trigger guard tang to a horn grip cap, Shadowline cheekpiece, Sling eyes, 14 1/8" LOP over a checkered butt with steel engraved heel and toe caps, 9 lbs., Very nice figured wood with excellent black/brown color & contrast, 85% coverage of well-cut period scroll engraving including the hammers, top strap, lever, trigger guard and forend, This vintage piece retains 30% original case colors, The barrel blue is at 99% and was reblacked a long time ago, The barrel striking is near perfect, The buttstock & forend are very solid in every respect, A 1/2" piece of wood was added from the back of the grip checkering to the toe of the stock, It was done a long time ago and very professionally done, The wood finish is at 95%, The checkering is original and remains at 98%, Every screw inside & out remains at 97%, The bores are absolutely excellent plus and shine like new. I think the original buyer had a taste for the best when he considered or ordered this neat Stephen Grant double.
Stephen Grant was established in 1867 at the address of this gun, prior to that he worked for Charles Lancaster and later was the Managing Partner at Boss & Co. in 1857. Mr. Grant died January 21, 1898 but the firm lived on. Stephen Grant obtained Warrants of appointment from the Royal Houses of France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Russia, Persia and Turkey. In 1925 the firm went with Joseph Lang. 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. (francislovel). 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 agl-uk
Rifle Caliber: .500 Black Powder Express