"HOLLAND & HOLLAND CASED PARADOX BORE HAMMER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN. SN 11966. Cal. 12 ga. Fine early Holland with 28" steel bbls with Paradox rifling at muzzles. Bbls have a concave smooth rib with caterpillar style front sight and a matted quarter rib with 2-leaf folding rear sight, a third bite rib extension & dbl underbites. It is black powder proofed. It has a round action with back action locks which are very tastefully engraved with about 50% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns. All appended metal is engraved to match. Fences & firing pin shields are beautifully scalloped and it has a long top tang which extends about 1-1/2" up over comb. Bbls are marked with maker's name & address on right side and "PARADOX FOSBERY PATENT" on left side. Lockplates have maker's name on each side. Mounted with very nicely figured, streaky burl walnut with checkered splinter forearm and straight hand stock, 14-1/2" over a solid red pad. Accompanied by a fine early walnut casing with recessed brass handle in top and reproduction labels inside lid. Lined with rose colored velvet & compartmented in bottom for shotgun, bbls, a nickeled oiler & various Paradox implements. Makers confirm 1892 manufacture. Bore diameter: left - .740, right - .740. Bore restrictions: left - .028, right - .028. Wall thickness: left - .034, right - .037. Drop at heel: 2", drop at comb: 1-3/8". Weight: 7 lbs. 6.72 oz. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains virtually all of a fine professionally restored finish with a blue/brown finish on bbls and a couple of scattered spots of pitting with a small ding in left bbl. Receiver, lockplates & hammers retain bright bone meal case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bores. Case has three cracks in lid and others in bottom with handling & storage marks, light soil in interior with light wear, possibly an old re-line. 4-32763 JR243 (12,000-16,000)"
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