Classic English made 12g Side by Side Boxlock Ejector Shotgun from H. Clarke & Sons. Midland Gun Works, Leicester lightly engraved to the concave sight rib. 28” (710mm) Very Discretely Sleeved barrels with 2 ¾” (70mm) Chambers. Fixed chokes with a tight ¼ restriction to the right barrel and standard ½ left. Basically a brand new gun as far as shooting it goes so good for several generations of average use. Both walls now 40,000” plus at the critical 14” mark and plenty everywhere else. Bores are exactly the same as when re-proof carried out. Also slightly unusual for a traditional game gun with the bigger chambers.
It always strikes me as CRAZY with a sleeved gun. You have brand new barrels yet they are valued at less money than the same thing with paper thin originals. Makes ZERO sense. Yes, original barrels with matching bores and walls SHOULD have a higher value. Worn bores and thin walls should not if you have ANY common sense.
It also costs more than the entire gun to get this work done these days too. Figure those ‘financials’!
Bright finished Action with Triple Bite Lock up and Profusely Hand Engraved throughout with Scroll work. All surrounding the makers details set in a Banner to each side.
Stock pull at 14” (355mm) bringing in an overall length of 44 1/8” (1122mm) and tips scales at 6 Lbs 11 oz. (3.04 Kg). Strong Straight Tight Grain with Great Colour and Tear Drop Features to each face. Some Decent Highlights too when the light catches it right. It could well be Maple Walnut given the Lighter general finish.
No. 1 of at least a matched pair and a real shame the other/s are not still with this one. This IS a gun certainly well worth consideration for a stock re-finish. Especially if it fits and you find you shoot well with it. Re-cut chequering A few light marks lifted and a new oil finish. It will make a gun anyone can be more than happy to pull out of a slip at any gathering and hold its own. Also has its still vacant oval set to the bottom, ready for YOUR initials.
I have a similar and even prettier Linsley that has been with me for about 40 years now. That will only ‘leave’ after I have too.