Charles Boswell SxS 12g

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  • Charles Boswell SxS 12g

    Hi Shooters,

    This is my Great Great Great Grandfathers shotgun which was hand built and fitted for him by Charles Boswell.
    At the moment it is not usable or safe as both barrels fire at the same time. (Impact of one sets of the other). It has therefore not been shot in nearly 20+ years.

    Anyways I am looking to get this gun restored as a present for my father and was hoping someone might be able to tell me a couple of things.
    A: How can I date the gun?
    B: How much is it worth? I intend on stripping back the stock and refinishing it, however if it is worth a lot I will get someone who knows what they are doing to do it.
    C: Can the action be polished up to look amazing?
    D: The barrels do not seem to be blued, instead it seems to be bare metal? is that right?

    Any help would be great.
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  • #2
    According to this proof sheet the gun was created after 1904.

    If that helps anyone


    • #3
      Looks lovely mate, I wouldn't be touching it until as you said you find out what its worth. I'm sure if you ask around some gun clubs someone could recommend someone to restore it for you.

      Good luck and let us know how you go with it all.
      Whacking Varmints is my passion!


      • #4
        The smart thing to do would be to contact a knowledgable (shotgun) gunsmith and get his expert opinion before you do anything that may diminish its value, monetary or otherwise.
        This post may be fact or opinion, it is up to you to decide which.


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          Definitely going to be getting someone to look at the gun.
          If the gun was not worth much then it would be a lot of fun to restore it myself but if it is then i'm not going to risk touching it.

          Found out the gun was made between 1904-1922

      • #5
        Thanks Nigel-l, the images look a lot better now. I will definately keep this topic full of images of the before and after images.
        Just out of interest does anyone know a gun smith in Tasmania that would be able to have a look at something like this?
        I also travel to Melbourne a lot so that could also be an option but I would prefer Tasmania and I am prepared to travel anywhere in the state to get it done.


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          I know a fella that it a scattergun specialist smithy in Melb. Does warranty work for a few of the more well known importers. PM me for details if you need it.