Boss, London. Exceptionally rare, light weight, 12ga. O/U game gun completed by Boss for a Canadian client in 1919 with a second set of barrels provided by Boss in 1926 - SOLD

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Boss, London. Exceptionally rare, light weight, 12ga. O/U game gun completed by Boss for a Canadian client in 1919 with a second set of barrels provided by Boss in 1926 as ordered by Abercrombie & Fitch for a new owner in the United States. Weight: 6 lbs. 6 oz. with the original 27” barrels and 6 ½ lbs. with the newer (1926) 29” barrels. Stock Dimensions: 14 5/8”x 1 ¼”x 2 ¼”x ¼” cast-off. Barrel specifications as follows:

 Original 27” barrels
95% re-black finish
Length 27”, 2 ¾” chambers, 3 1/4 dram - 1 1/8 oz. proofs.
Measurements: Bores .730”/.730”,  Chokes cyl/cyl,  Walls .025”/.028”

 Second set 29” barrels added by Boss in 1926
100% original black finish
Length 29”, 2 ¾” chambers, 1 ¼ oz. proofs.
Measurements: Bores .731”/.731”,  Chokes .032”/.037”,  Walls .029”/.030”

 Beautifully engraved action retaining traces of the original hardening colors. Double triggers, rolled edge guard, automatic safety, and ejectors. The straight-grip stock with checkered butt is an old replacement probably done around the time the extra barrels were added by Boss in 1926. Accompanying the gun is a period LOM case that accommodates  both setsof barrels. This was most likely provided by A&F. It was a fine case in its day, however, unfortunately, the leather and stitching thread, particularly at the end cover hinges, are dry rotted and fragile. The case can be repaired to look nice as an original accessory but could never be trusted to fully protect the gun from the rigors of normal field conditions.
I had the pleasure of using this gun on pheasant in South Dakota lastweek. Mechanically perfect and tight as a safe. Almost impossible to find a good pre-war Boss O/U with these long barrels and full chokes. Overall an absolutely superb gun.