28 ga. chambers, 25 bore (.577) muzzles, 22" barrels, S/N 402. Browned finish, case hardened receiver, checkered walnut stock and forend. External hammers, extractors. 12.5" length of pull, 2.125" drop at comb. Barrels marked: WILLIAM FORD 23 LOVEDAY St. / St. MARY'S BIRMINGHAM. Locks neatly engraved with tight foliate scrolls and marked W. FORD. Receiver engraved en-suite. Bottoms of barrels with usual Birmingham black powder commercial proof marks and "25" gauge mark. William Ford worked in Birmingham ca 1885-1900, using the 23 Loveday Street address ca 1885-1888. (Bailey)
Fine. Retains strong traces of faux Damascus pattern brown finish on the barrels and nice traces of case color on the locks, hammers and receiver. Tight action, mechanically functional, very good bores that need to be cleaned. Stock with crisp checkering, but showing wear and finish loss, particularly on the butt, along with scattered bumps, dings and handling marks. A lovely little antique lady's or child's 28-gauge for black powder only.
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