GE Lewis, 32-33 Lower Loveday Street, Birmingham
16 bore Back action Hammergun
no. 8485

Year of production: 1890

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun represents a fine condition example of the elegant, small bore, sporting hammerguns that were the vogue in the last quarter of the 19th Century.
There is a fair amount of original colour hardening still visible on the locks and action and this coupled with the sensitive restoration and excellent barrel dimensions makes it a very pretty and safe gun for either game or clays.


The action is of traditional design and features:
Some original case hardening colour; Double triggers;
Rounded action bar; Back action locks;
Stanton patent rebounding 'C Scroll' hammers;
Sprung strikers; Percussion fences;
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of Greener style leverwork;
Hacket style snap-on forend fastener.
Engraving style Border & Scroll with Gundogs on each lockplate.
'CHOKE' engraved on the upper surface of the LH barrel.
Gun weight 6lb 7oz
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ½ lbs Rear trigger 4 ¼ lb
The Damascus laminate barrels are 29 ¼" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib is of smooth, concave game type.
Birmingham reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2015.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
17.0mm (0.669")
0.008" (IC)
Left Barrel
17.2mm (0.677")
0.019" (Mod)

The Straight-hand Grip Stock and Splinter Forend
are crafted from well figured walnut and feature a vacant white metal oval. The snap-on forend carries an ebony tip and the stock is finished with ¾" leather covered recoil pad. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot.

Well Figured walnut

The 20 lines per inch chequering has been refreshed to its original design.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre, only many hours of alternate build and flatting off of the surface.

Approximate stock measurements at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 5/8"
14 3/4"
14 3/4"
15 3/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 1/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8 (approximate)

For the purposes of these measurements, 'Drop at Face' is the 'drop' measurement taken on a line perpendicular to the
line joining the trigger and centre of the butt at approximately 8" from the trigger (front trigger on a double trigger gun).

Patents Exhibited include:
Stanton's rebounding lock patent no. 367 of 1867;
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863;
Greener's leverwork patent no. 3090 of 1874.