English Shotgun Owned by a Royal Navy Admiral
- Licensing Category: Non-restricted
- Maker: English
- Model: Double
- Caliber/Gauge: 12ga
SN 151736 is an English 12 gauge shotgun with a 28" barrel full and cyl and opened up to 2 3/4" chambers. The bores rate as bright excellent. The barrel rib is marked Cole & Son Portsmouth . The barrels show an overall clean blue finish with the exception of a narrow strip of pitting on the top of the right tube. This is the only corrosion on the gun which suggests poor storage at some time. The receiver shows case color, border and light engraving . The wood is sound with solid checkering and devoid of any cracks or breaks . The butt plate is original horn. The gun was obviously built by the Birmingham gun trade. The name Cole and Son is the trade applied retailers name. The location of the retailer Portsmouth nicely ties in with the history of the original owner. Rear Admiral Charles Hepworth Nicholson (1891-1966) Royal Navy, a career Navy Office sub-lieutenant June of 1912, Captain to Rear Admiral (acting Rear Admiral to the Fourth Sea Lord) June 1944. He was mentioned in dispatches and was named to be a member of the Military Order of the Bath. This shotgun comes in English leather case named to the original owner. An intereting English shotgun previously owned by a Royal Navy admiral. Some documents included.