GE Lewis, 32-33 Lower Loveday Street, Birmingham
12 bore Back action Hammergun
no. 9122

Year of production: 1894


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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun represents a fine condition example of the elegant sporting hammerguns that were the vogue in the last quarter of the 19th Century. The gun has remained complete with its original case and we have sensitively relined it and fitted the original Maker's label.
There is a substantial 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:
Considerable amounts of original colour hardening;
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 a 'Scott Spindle';
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 10oz
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/2lbs Rear trigger 4lb
The Damascus laminate barrels are 30 " 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 2012.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")
0.010" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")
0.020" (Mod)

The 'Prince of Wales' Grip Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut and feature a vacant white metal oval. The snap-on forend carries a horn tip and the stock is finished with a horn butt plate secured by engraved screws. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot and there is one small inlet repair to the forend tip.

Well figured walnut
The 22 lines per inch chequering has been refreshed to its original design.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers. 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 3/8"
14 11/16"
14 5/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/8"
1 13/16"
2 1/4"
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;
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865.