Boss & Co gun from the heyday of the English gun fetches £40,000 in Gavin Gardiner Ltd's auction

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Boss & Co gun from the heyday of the English gun fetches £40,000 in Gavin Gardiner Ltd's auction
A fine 12-bore sidelock ejector over and under gun fetched £40,000.

LONDON.- A fine 12-bore sidelock ejector over and under gun by the Gunmaker’s Gunmaker Boss & Co fetched £40,000 in Gavin Gardiner Ltd’s Live/Online Auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Dating from 1927, the gun, which had been built for von Lengerke & Detwold, New York, carried an estimate of £30,000-40,000 and was sold to a Private Collector [lot 244].

Another 12-bore sidelock ejector gun by Boss & Co achieved £10,625. This two-barrel set from 1915 was expected to fetch £8,000-10,000 and was bought by a Private buyer in the US [lot 176].

Elsewhere, a pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by prestigious London maker James Purdey & Sons sold for £8,750. The guns dated from 1905 and were bought by a member of the Scandinavian trade [lot 158]. You can learn more about guns from the Guncritic.

Among the rifles, a .450 express boxlock non-ejector rifle by Scottish gunmaker Alex Henry realised £8,125 against an estimate of £7,000-9,000. The maker confirmed that it had been built in 1890 for W. Graw, India and it sold to a member of the UK Trade [lot 80].

A 16-bore single trigger hand detachable boxlock ejector gun by Westley Richards sold for £7,500. The two-barrel set was purchased by a Private Buyer in the US, against an estimate of £4,000-6,000 [lot 238].

Following the sale, Auctioneer and Expert in Charge, Gavin Gardiner, commented: “The sale attracted strong International interest with collector’s firearms selling especially well. Quality, condition and rarity continue to be the key factors that collectors crave and I look forward to my next sale on April 22, 2021.”

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