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BOSS 12 SIDE LEVER COMPOSITE PAIR- 1 with BOSS Bbls. in 1912 & 1 with NEW 2006 Bbls. by MICHAEL KELLEY in LONDON- BOTH TREVALLION RESTOCKED- EXC. COND
#4019 & #3993, Boss & Co., 13 Dover Street. Piccadilly. London. W. : A Composite Pair of Boss Back Action Side Lever or Side Snap Hammerless Ejector Game Guns, Up to 1890 Boss only built 283 Side Snap actions, Both guns have actions by Thomas Perkes Patent #1968 plus Perkes Patent Ejectors - #4019 marked as #1 was Made in 1889 and has modern Boss 30" Chopper Lump Steel barrels London proved at 1 1/8 ounce that were installed by Boss in 1912, They are .733 .010 & .018" (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), 2 3/4" chambers, Wall thickness .030" on both barrels - #3993 marked as #2 was Made in 1888 and has modern 30" Chopper Lump Steel barrels London proved at 850 BAR that were installed by Michael Kelley in London and proved there in 2006, They are .726 .036 & .036" (Full & Full), 2 3/4" chambers, Wall thickness .034" on the right barrel and .032" on the left, #3993 has the original 30" Dovetail Lump Damascus that are Nitro Proved in London in 2006, They are .738 .010 & .020" (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.) 2 3/4" chambers, Wall thickness at .021" on both barrels and Nitro Proved in London at 18.8mm bore dimensions.
Both guns were restocked by Mr. David Trevallion, formerly a stocker at Purdey's, and then finished by Mr. Abe Chabers. Both men at the top of their craft. Both guns with straight hand stocks at 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 2 1/8" over a 3/4" leather pad, Cast-Off for the right hand, Splinter forends with a forward-facing lever that is a screw grip turret in the forend for a positive release - #4019 at 6 Lbs. 14 Oz. - #3993 at 6 Lbs. 13 Oz. with the original damascus barrels & 7 Lbs. 3 Oz. with the 2006 Michael Kelley barrels, Very nice wood on both with excellent color & contrast, Boss Classic tight scroll Engraving by John James Sumner, Chilton locks - Gun #4019 has barrel blue at 97%, The stock & forend at 99%, The checkering at 99%, No case colors remain, The barrels inside and out are absolutely excellent plus - Gun #3993 has barrel blue at 98%, The stock & forend at 99%, The checkering at 99%, No case colors remain, The barrels inside and out are absolutely as new - #3993 with the original damascus barrels and now with 90% brown finish and excellent bore condition. They are cased in a Deluxe Oak & Leather brass cornered leather trunk that fits all 3 barrels.
Here is a pair of Ejector Side Snap Game Guns that have been restored completely by professionals in the trade and can now go another 128 years. How great to have a couple of guns from the awesome era at Boss with Edward Paddison passing the torch to John Robertson. They were there when these guns were built. One of these is #3993; #3991 & 2 were built as a pair but are Top Lever guns built for General Digby Willoughby and I presume used on his estate of 99,600 acres.
Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge