Item #34701

Army & Navy London Sidelock Shotgun Owned By WW1 Capt. KIA at Armentie

  • Maker: A&N
  • Model: Shotgun
  • Caliber: 12ga

  • Description: Serial #57478, 12 Bore, 30” barrels with fine, bright bores that have some traces of freckling at the chamber mouths. This is a very handsome, “Medium Quality” sidelock ejector gun by Rogers of London. The barrels retain about 90% of the factory refreshed blue finish with some mild silvering at the muzzle, as well as along the exposed surfaces at the breech. The sidelocks and frame have beautiful British scrollwork engraving with about 60-70% of the original color case-hardening remaining, and the balance turned dull, pewter gray. The gun is number “2” of a set, and is so marked on the rear of the barrel rib, on the lever, and on the trigger guard bow. The checkered walnut forend and straight-grip buttstock are in fine condition, although there are some moderate handling marks on the wood, especially along the comb on the right side, and an initialed escutcheon on the belly: “MGO”. The stock has a 14 3/4” length of pull to the original horn buttplate, and drops of 1 3/8” and 2 5/8” respectively. The lock-up is tight, and the gun is in fine overall condition. Copies of the Army & Navy gun ledger are included, and show that this gun, along with serial #57477, were purchased as a set in 1910, and were both outfitted with: “Coles safety locks, square plates, and strong tumblers”. Maurice Godolphin Osborne was the younger brother of Sir Francis D'Arcy Godolphin Osborne, 12th Duke of Leeds, and was an officer in the Rifle Regiment. He was sent to France during the Great War, and was mortally wounded on February 25, 1915. Osborne's entry in the “Bond of Sacrifice” Vol 2, pages 355 and 356 state that: "Captain Godolphin Osborne was severely wounded in the head on 10th February, 1915, by a German sniper, when making a fresh emplacement for a machine gun in the trenches near Armentieres, and he died from the effects on the 25th February, 1915 in Bailleul Hospital." Osborne was also mentioned in Sir John French's despatch of May 31, 1915. This is a wonderful, high quality British sidelock double gun, identified to a British aristocrat who was killed in action during World War I. It would make a splendid addition to any collection. FFL or C&R