Midland Gun Co. 12 bore Hammer Gun Black Powder
An early Midland Gun Company gun - they formed in 1897. This example has damascus twist barrels which are proofed for Black Powder. The barrels are 30" long and are choked at 1/2 and 1/2. The stock is sound and has a 14" reach. The hammer are rebounding and the top lever opening makes it the most useable hammer gun system. The gun would look much better for a thorough clean and although the barrels are pretty enough, a re-brown would show them off at their best. The action has assisted opening - a rare feature in a gun of this type.
W R Pape 12 bore Hammer Gun
A damascus twist barrelled hammer gun by W R Pape of Newcastle upon Tyne. The 25" barrels are nitro proofed and have 2 1/2" chambers. They are choked at cylinder and half choke. The stock has a 13 3/4" reach. The locks are mostly plain with just border engraving. The rib is engraved with the makers name and city. A top lever hammer gun with rebounding hammers and with nitro proofed damascus barrels not so common.
Chas Osborne 12 Bore
A double Hammer Gun by Chas Osborne. Non rebounding hammers. 2 1/2" chambers - nitro proofed. 30" barrels choked at cylinder and 1/2. The stock has 14 1/2" reach.
Midland Gun Co. Top Lever Hammer 12 bore Gun
A side by side Hammer shotgun from the Midland Gun Company. The Midland Gun Company existed from 1897 through until 1952 when the business was taken over by Parker Hale. This gun has certainly seen plenty of life, but is still a perfectly useable hammer gun. It has rebounding hammers. There is a an old repair at the toe of the butt. The barrels have light pitting. It has 2 1/2" chambers and 30" barrels, choked at improved cylinder and full and is nitro proofed. The reach is 13 1/4". It would make a an ideal foul weather gun or just gives the chance to own a serviceable English Hammer gun at a reasonable price.
GW Webb Hammer Gun. 12 bore . Nitro proofed
An early breech loading double hammer gun. The locks are engraved with "G.W. Webb". Records show a George Walter Webb trading in Oxford from 1862 through until 1890. The damascus barrels are of a fine twist and are attractively browned. The top rib has some lettering but the engraving is rubbed and no longer legible. The barrels are 30" long and have been re proofed for nitro cartridges and for 2 3/4" cartridges. Both barrels are choked at 3/4 choke. The bores are good. The non rebounding locks have noseless hammers and a top lever action. Top lever hammer guns with the earlier type of non rebounding locks are unusual. The stock has a 14 1/4" reach, including a silvers type pad. The chequering is sharp and clean. The fore end is retained by a early style wedge. There is a small repair at the right horn of the stock, which appears to have been undertaken a considerable time ago. The stock is solid and sound.