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27448 BALTIMORE GUN CLUB 4 BORE MARKET GUN BREECHLOADING SHOTGUN BY BIRMINGHAM MAKER SIMILAR TO HORSELY & SONS. ($)

BALTIMORE GUN CLUB 4 BORE MARKET GUN BREECHLOADING SHOTGUN BY BIRMINGHAM MAKER SIMILAR TO HORSELY & SONS. Single shot underlever breechloading waterfowl market gun made famous by their use on the Chesapeake Bay during the latter part on the 19th century until there ban around 1890's. Rotary underlever swings out to the right and locks up tight with no play. Damascus 41 3/4" tapered barrel with fair bore(not too many pits surprisingly). Not much finish left and address on top of flat near breech too faded to make out address but Birmingham proofs of the 1875-1887 type present as well as "not for ball" and "5 B" and "6 M". "WS" stamped on wedge key hole stud. With some elbow grease and some trick or two the address may present intself. Found some Horselys(York) and Kavanaugh(Dublin) in similar configurations. 3" long front blade type bead. Forend nicely checkered with some wood missing along right side and horn forend cap. Original wedge secures to barrel securely. Traces of original case colors on hardware. Light scroll engraving on lockplate and original hammer with original hammer screw. Lock engraved 'Baltimore Gun Club". The club was in Pimlico MD. during the latter part on the 19th century on what later became the Elkridge Club. This was obviously one of the clubs waterfowl guns as evidenced by the engraving and rack number painted on buttstock. Typical for clubs at the time to order a few big bore shotguns for their armory. Overall the entire gun weighs about 16lbs with the stock and receiver weighing in at 8lbs by itself with lead obviously somewhere in stock. Wrist has one piece brass reinforced wrist repair held by screws(none missing and very secure). Can't tell where failure happened but lower tang had new screw hold added just below old hole. Original horn pistolgrip cap with screw. Single trigger over 13 1/2" LOP with original steel buttplate. Original finish to all wood so never sanded down. Plunger type firing pin still has tension on spring. Cocks just like the day it was made. Overall a pleasing patina as no one has ever tried to clean it and dark patina to brass wrist cast lends itself to very old collection whichwe know it came out of. A fine large bore waterfowler of English make typical of the great eastern flyway days of yore. Almost identical featured in "The American Gun" Spring 1961 quarterly of a gun that was in the Winchester Repeating Arms Museum in New Haven, CT. Article is about Fred Kimble, champion duck shooter. Will include book with shotgun. Price on request.


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