Boston Underlever Double Hammergun By Joseph Tonks

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10 ga, 30" barrels with about very good bores which are mostly bright but show scattered light pitting, the left tube with a very small ding two thirds the way down its length. The barrels are now primarily a pewter and brown patina showing scant evidence of their damascus pattern, a bit more prevalent on the rib. There is some scattered oxidation staining and some very light pitting toward the muzzles, the concave rib neatly engraved "J Tonks Maker Boston laminated steel". There is some very light scroll at the rib near the breech with each breech ring lightly borderline engraved. The frame and lockplates are very nice retaining about 97% original nickel, the few flaked areas a plum brown patina. There is very nice quality loose scroll at front of action surrounding the hinge pin, rear of action flanking the triggerguard on the nicely, gracefully sculpted fences atop the frame and along the upper tang. The lockplates as well show light borderline engraving and nice flourishes of scroll and are maker marked on each plate "J Tonks Boston". The hammers are rebounding and nicely checkered and very graceful in their own right, also with light loose scroll. The triggerguard retains perhaps 50% original nickel, the long straight tang now toned to plum in the grip area. The English walnut buttstock rates very good plus to near excellent with nearly all of its original varnish, some very stunning grain and only minor dings and handling marks from the years, most prominently along the right lower edge of the stock in the area of the triggerguard where there are numerous tiny dings present. The grip is neatly, nicely checkered all the way to the rear of the long triggerguard tang. The length of pull to the smooth steel buttplate is 14 1/4", it is neatly engraved only along its top edge and retains some traces of original nickel plate. The forend is similar in condition and is near overall checkered with a very nice horn insert and small fish-lip tip. The underside of the barrel and the water table of the frame exhibit British proofs, it likely was brought here in-the-white and finished by Tonks. The barrels lockup tightly and are on-face and the locks function smartly. Really a very attractive big hammer double from this respected but very scarce Boston maker. (36650-2) {ANTIQUE} [Michael Petrov Collection]

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This item is part of Auction No. 104 - Session 1
 Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM  Eastern
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Boston Underlever Double Hammergun By Joseph Tonks
Boston Underlever Double Hammergun By Joseph Tonks
Lot number: 248
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 104 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, November 22 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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