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Serial Number 11636/37 & 11638/39
Two True Pairs Boxlock Ejectors from B.E. Chaplin (Gunmakers) Ltd. in 20g and 12g forming a Quartet of consecutively serial numbered guns.
Birmingham trade made guns on scroll back A&D boxlock actions with Southgate ejectors, two triggers, auto safeties and Scott spindle top levers. Each gun has 27" Dovetailed lump barrels choked ¼ in the right and
Full in the left, with smooth concave game ribs.
Each gun is color hardened and engraved to match with traditional small scroll surrounding game scenes of red grouse on the right side, black grouse on the left and a pheasant on the trigger bow. The Maker's "Swan with Two Necks" logo is on the cover plate. Maker's name is engraved down middle of the rib and guns are appropriately numbered in gold "1" and "2" on each gun.
Each pair have nicely matching and well figured stocks with straight hand grips. The splinter forends have Anson push rod realeases. The checkering on the wrist and forend is in a traditional flat top pattern and very finely cut. The stock has a 14 ¾" LOP over a checkered butt and the stock ovals are brass and engraved with an Eagles head over flowing banners.
the 20g guns weigh 5 lbs. 8 oz. and the 12g guns weigh 6 lbs. 3 oz.
B.E. Chaplin remains open today as a traditional gun shop. According to the company's website, the original shop was in London and located in a famous coaching inn owned by the Chaplin family known as the yard of the "Swan with Two Necks" (the origin of the logo on the gun). In 1932 the company was relocated to 6 Southgate Street in Winchester and opened as "Howard A. Davies". In 1955 the firm was renamed "B.E. Chaplin" and still resides at the same address to this day.
Guns appear to have seen little use and, save for a few handling marks on the stocks, are in as new condition. The pair packaged neatly in a Maker's motor case. These are very high quality mid-twentieth century English made guns in very good condition.
|Calibre/Gauge||12g & 20g|