Alfred Lancaster 12-bore boxlock SxS sporting gun circa 1880, serial number 5182; marked "A LANCASTER 50 GREEN ST. GROSVENOR SQUARE LONDON" on top rib "A LANCASTER LONDON" in banner on engraved receiver, checkered straight-hand stock of figured contrasting walnut with vacant silver oval and later one inch recoil pad, checkered splinter forend with Anson release, shortened Damascus barrels, game rib, doll's head extension, extractors, automatic safety.
overall L44 3/4" barrel L28 1/2"
Other Notes: ALFRED LANCASTER (d.1890), son of CHARLES LANCASTER and with brother t.a. CHARLES WILLIAM & ALFRED LANCASTER, gunmakers, 151 New Bond Street and 2 Little Bruton Street, 1855-1859, on his own as ALFRED LANCASTER, 27 South Audley Street, 1859-1885; 50 Green Street, Grosvenor Square, 1886-1892, when CHARLES LANCASTER & COMPANY succeeded to the business, q.v. rec.
Excellent, as redone. Barrels show 60-70% rebrowned finish. Bright bores with frosting. Right bore shows a pit near muzzle. Right barrel shows a dent near muzzel. Polished action shows some slight pitting. Reblued floor plate and triggerguard. Refinished and recheckered wood. Stock shows a slight repair at grip.
Barrel dimensions: Bores: 0.735/0.735 inches. Chokes: 0.002/0.003 inches Cyl. Chambers: 2 1/2 inches. Proof: London, Black Powder, 12, 12. Mimimum wall thickness: 0.025 inches. Stock Dimensions: Pull: 14 1/2 inches. Drop at comb: 19/16 inches. Drop at heel: 2 1/4 inches. Cast off: 3/8 inches. Weight: 6 lbs 8 oz. Toplever well to the right of center.