Gough Thomas’s Henry Atkin 12g Spring Opening Sidelock
Posted on 6th September 2017
We are pleased to have this superb Henry Atkin lightweight spring opening best quality sidelock ejector shotgun, #3510 available for sale.
This shotgun was made for the famed shooting author G.T Garwood more commonly known as Gough Thomas. Based on the ‘Beesley’ self-opening mechanism and engraved by the famous Harry Kell the gun is still in fantastic original condition.
Some history about this gun. A lightweight 12g fitted with 27″ barrels with 2 1/2″ chambers choked 1/4 and 3/4. The mechanism is based on the Beesley spring-opening action with modified ejector work. Harry Kell engraved the gun with deeply chased large acanthus leaf scrollwork. The 14 3/8-inch stock was fitted by Aurther Hodges, who also finished the gun, which was regulated with 33 grams of E/C/ powder and 1 1/16 ounces of shot. The original sale price quoted was £150 plus purchase tax. The gun was fitted into a brass-mounted leather case and was ready for delivery in September 1948. Gough Thomas later confirmed that both the fit and the balance of the gun were perfect.
FOR SALE. This superb Henry Atkin lightweight spring opening best quality sidelock ejector with deep acanthus leaf engraving the gun retains much original colour, finely figured stock original case and accessories. This historically important gun is now offered for sale for £25,995.