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H. J. Hussey cased 12-bore SxS shotgun, two barrel set circa 1898-1911
27" nitro proof sleeved barrels with game rib marked: H.J. HUSSEY LTD., 81 NEW BOND STREET LONDON. Barrels marked "H.J. HUSSEY 61 PALL MALL ST. JAMES LONDON ENGLAND". Case hardened sidelock action with bar action 8 pin locks fully engraved with fine foliate scroll and bouquets. Ejectors. Automatic safety. Finely checkered straight grip stock of contrasting semi-figured walnut. Drop points. Older Silvers type recoil pad. Finely checkered splinter forend with Anson style release. Later leather single gun trunk case of grained leather with green baize interior. No label.
Bores: 0.729/0.729 inches. Chokes: 0.014/0.027 inches Modified/ Improved Modified. Chambers: 2 3/4'. Proof: London Nitro, Reproof .729 .729 2 1/2 3 tons LP 80. Minimum Wall Thickness: 0.031". Sleeved Barrel Dimensions: Bores: 0.728"/0.727". Chokes: 0.006"/0.001" Cylinder. Chambers: 2 1/2". Proof: London Nitro .729 .729 3 1/4 tons LP 80. Minimum Wall Thickness: 0.033". Stock Dimensions: Pull: 15". Drop at Comb: 1 5/8". Drop at Heel: 2". Cast: none. Weight: 6 lbs 15 oz.. SN 14218. **Subject to State & Federal Firearms Laws**

Literature: HENRY JOSEPH HUSSEY: Although the founder of the firm was Henry Joseph Hussey, there was at least one Hussey previously in the gun trade and that was John, gunmaker, recorded at 4 Carpenter Street Grosvenor Square, from 1816 - 1824. He was an expert barrel borer for the great Joseph Manton and is so mentioned in Col. Hawker's diaries in 1827.

It is known that H.J. Hussey was the assistant manager of Holland and Holland and, when he left them in 1894, he went to join James Lang & Co. Ltd. at it's premises at 102 New Bond St. Leaving Lang he went into business on his own in 1898 as H.J. HUSSEY LTD. at 81 New Bond Street and remained there until 1911.

These and other details taken from "British Gunmakers Volume 1 - London" by Nigel Brown.

  • Excellent, as partially redone. Sleeved barrels show 98% bluing. Bright bores. Replacement barrels show 96-98% bluing. Bright bores. Polished silver action and triggerguard. Top lever and floorplate showing faded bluing. Refreshed stock shows light handling marks. Case in very good condition with loose partition and scuffing to exterior.

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December 13, 2008 10:00 AM EST
Columbia, SC, US

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