Woodward, London.  Superb pair of light weight 20ga. O/U sidelock game guns made for King Carol II of Romania in 1937 - Price $140,000

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Woodward, London.  Superb pair of light weight 20ga. O/U sidelock game guns made for King Carol II of Romania in 1937. Weight: 6 Lbs. Stock Dimensions: 15”x 1 3/8”x 2 ¾”x ¼” cast-off.  Fine 27” Vickers Steel barrels with original 2 ¾” chambers have mint bores (both barrels of both guns all measure .615”). Gun #1 is choked .018”/.008” with minimum wall thickness .027”/.029” and Gun #2 is choked .023”/.016”with minimum wall thickness .027”/.028”.  Both sets of barrels retain most of the original black finish. Both actions and locks retain much of the original hardening color and are mechanically perfect with barrels tight and on-the-face. All engraving crisp and showing no signs of wear. Original, nicely figured, semi-pistol grip stocks and splinter forends  have slight wear but no major flaws. Pistol grip caps are of horn. Originally supplied from Woodward with double triggers they were later converted to Purdey single triggers.

 During the years shortly after the turn of the century, Boss and Woodward were turning out what were considered the finest O/U shotguns in the world. There was always some disagreement among sportmen as to which was the better design and the consensus seems to have been pretty evenly split. Purdey purchased the Woodward firm in September, 1948, and since that date all Purdey O/U guns, even to this day, have been built on the Woodward O/U action which is a further testament to the excellence of the original design.

 Overall this is a superb pair of vintage guns built when the quality of Woodward guns was at its zenith just prior to WWII. Original Vintage Purdey motor case in fine condition with some original accessories.