I'd be appreciative if I could get ± date for this beauty, and an opinion of approximate value, would be sweet.
GE Lewis & Sons, 32 & 33 Lower Loveday St, B'ham. s/n 16001 grip, forend iron and bbls. 30" barrels, 3" chambers boxlock extractor wildfowl & pidgeon gun; Greener action with hidden 3rd bite and dollshead; raised machine-cut rib with brass beads (2); sideclips; well-executed engraving, with mallards on left, pigeons on right, rest of action including the fences in medium, well-executed scroll; Deely forend. The action was originally blued, surely, as traces of blue colour remain in shaded areas, but there is almost no wear on the metal.
Bores are .729 and chokes are .695 and .687 (!) I doubt this gun has been shot a case. It is tight, stiff, lever right and sounds like a Perazzi closing.
It is Birmingham proved: 12, BV, BP, NP, diamond 12c, 'Nitro Proved', 'Choke' and 1½oz. My Wirsnsberger seems to have walked off. Are these the 30s Rules, or the 54?
The recoil pad is crumbly, but appears original, with two lines of 'brickwork' cutouts and it has a round POW grip.