This is My Classic Shotgun: Cogswell & Harrison Sandhurst SxS
Over the course of a century, Philip McGuire’s side-by-side from English gun maker Cogswell & Harrison probably passed over countless fields and through countless hands. Curious to find out what he could about the gun after purchasing it in 2003, McGuire wrote Cogswell & Harrison to obtain a Certificate of Origin*.
“This gun was produced to an order from our New Bond Street shop and was completed by our craftsmen on 22nd October 1913. It was no2 of a matched pair, the no1 gun being 46514. It was built as a twelve bore double barrel side-by-side boxlock ejector, a model known as the Sandhurst. It was fitted with our company’s patented assisted opening and ejector mechanism the Avant Tout. It had a conventional top lever, double triggers and an automatic top safety. It had ornamental strengthening sideplates and was tastefully engraved throughout in keeping with quality of this model,” stated the certificate he received.
The gun was custom fitted for its first owner, Mr. C. McNeill, who paid twenty-six guineas for it days after it was completed. In 1932, the gun was offered for sale pre-owned through Cogswell & Harrison’s Piccadilly shop, and purchased by HWT Lewis for twenty-two guineas plus sixteen shillings for repairs.
McGuire had the gun, which is chambered for 2 ½ inch shells, fitted and says its dimensions are perfect for him. “I love the old gun, absolutely no kick at all!”
*Most gun collector associations provide this service. Both the Parker and L.C. Smith Collector Associations, which are coming to Pheasants Forever’s National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic this February, will do this for a small fee.
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