SHOT­GUN AC­TION

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

Sport­ing sales at Cock­er­mouth auc­tion­eers Mitchells in­vari­ably fea­ture a range of fine 12-bores but that on April 13 prom­ises the best ever, with mak­ers such as Purdey, West­ley Richards, W. W. Greener, Beretta and John Dick­son and Son of Ed­in­burgh all rep­re­sented. The Dick­son gun (pictured), a round ac­tion ejec­tor with 27-inch bar­rels, dates from 1894 and is in su­perb con­di­tion and still in its orig­i­nal case. It is ex­pected to sell for £7,000 to £8,000. Founded in 1820 and still in busi­ness, Dick­son, ‘the Round Ac­tion gun­maker’, pa­tented the uniquely Scot­tish trig­ger plate mech­a­nism in 1880, and it re­mains renowned for its strength, el­e­gance and bal­ance.

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