William Powell & Son, 13 Carrs Lane, Birmingham
12 bore Sidelock Ejector no. 9622.
Date of manufacture: 1893.

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun is the most extraordinary example of conservatism within the shooting world from the last decade of the C19th. The new gun was specified as ‘best finish’ and ‘safety not automatic’ but amazingly with ‘external false hammers’ and ‘knob fixed on guard same as on double grip lever’. It was ordered by Spear & Jackson, a highly successful gardening tool manufacturer, for a T K Watson who was obviously a hammergun devotee but perhaps tempted by the novelty of a sidelock ejector for ease of use and speed of fire. Having an automatic safety was obviously a step too far and the mechanism was made manual by the simple expedient of filing off the end of the activating pushrod! In fact it is fairly certain that the hammers were added to an already finished SLE as there are file marks on the lock plates from when the hammers were retro-fitted, marring the hardening colour on the inner surfaces. The ‘knob fixed on guard’ possibly did not survive long (if ever fitted) and it is interesting to note the slight mismatch of engraving on the bow of the triggerguard. When we acquired this gun the barrel walls were terribly thin and TIG sleeving was the only practical solution. Furthermore, the cocking/ejection mechanism had been incorrectly adjusted at some time so we had a considerable amount of re-regulation work to do. Finally we have returned the safe mechanism to automatic in the interest of safety in the field. The gun is presented in its original ‘Best Leather Case’, stamped T.K.W. SHEFFIELD, relined in best wool baize and fitted with several tools and accessories.
With its highly figured original walnut stock, TIG sleeved barrels and sensitive restoration, this shotgun is a fascinating and rare chance to become the guardian of a unique piece of gunmaking history.

Presented in its Makers’ Leather & Brass case with some named accessories.

Fantastic value at only $8790

On Consignment in USA with MacNab Fine Firearms

 

 The action is of normal sidelock design and features:
Non-operational hammers;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
9 pin Bar action locks cocked by Roger’s levers with interceptor sears;
Top lever operating a Purdey bolt via a Scott Spindle;
‘Doll’s Head’ top rib extension giving a third bite;
Deeley ejectors;
Anson pushrod forend catch.
Gun weight
6lb 14oz
Engraving style Best Foliate Scroll. Gold inlaid SAFE on top tang.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The TIG sleeved damascus to steel barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 ” (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib is
concave and ‘engine turned’. The bores are clean and free of pitting.
Birmingham re-proof for 70mm nitro cartridges in 2018.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

 
Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9"
from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction


Right Barrel

18.3mm (0.720")
0.723+"
0.033"
0.010" (IC)

Left Barrel

18.3mm (0.720")
0.724+"
0.031"
0.020" (Mod)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval, well defined drop points and is fitted with a 3/4” leather covered recoil pad. There are minor settling cracks at the lock tails due to shrinkage.
The forend is fitted with a finely engraved steel tip and has a fine crack to the wood near the ejector box.


Highly Figured Walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering is refreshed to its original sidelock pattern.
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 7/8"
14 7/8"
15"
15 1/2"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 5/8"
2"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off at Heel
Negligible
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:
Roger's cocking levers patent no 397 of 1882;
 'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863;
 'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865;
Scott's top extension patent no. 1902 of 1875;
Deeley's ejector patent no. 4289 of 1886;
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.