A .375 Charles Lancaster sidelock ejector double rifle owned by Elmer Keith (for 1903).
Serial no. 11814. .375-2 ½ Nitro Express. 26 inch barrels with oval bore rifling. Barrels marked: Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond Street, London/Non-Fouling Smooth Oval Bore Rifling . Quarter-rib with wide express sights, one standing, four folding leaves marked 200 to 500 yds. Replacement fore-sight on a stippled ramped base. Lancasters patent self-opening back-action sidelock action. Locking dolls head third fastener. Stalking safety. Non-automatic safety. Long tang extending to top of comb. Action 70 percent engraved with fine foliate scroll. Fitted with spring cramp (clamp) to assist in disassembly. Disc-set strikers. Ejectors. Side clips. Checkered half-pistolgrip stock of highly figured walnut. Silver oval with CS-R. Later Pachmayr recoil pad. Checkered splinter fore-end with lever release. Period leather trunk case with green baize interior with Makers label with later address. Case with brass corners and hardware. Lid embossed with CS=L and with remnants of shipping stickers including a White Star Line. Older label with Home Address, Salmon, North Fork, Idaho, /Elmer Keith, Destination, 1244 Roanoke, Seattle, Wash.. Late felt-covered wood barrel block. Accessories include, nickel-plated muzzle protector, nickel-silver oil bottle, hand-loading dies by Elliot. Small ivory handled brush. A copy of Descriptive and Illustrated Pocket Catalogue for The Universal Exhibition, St. Louis, 1904.. Included with the lot is a letter from Elmer Keith, dated January, 9th, 1958, describing the performance of the rifle. The rifle is also referenced in Big Game Rifles and Cartridges and in Elmer Keiths Big Game Hunting and is featured in an illustration in the latter. Also included are copies of both books and well as Keith's Hell, I was there.
Condition: Barrels show 96-98 percent older re-blued finish with thinning at breech. Action shows silver patina with areas of faint color. Strong case colors in protected areas. Bright bores. Trigger guard shows 60-70 percent bluing. Refinished stock shows handling marks. Splinter fore-end shows a slight impression at rear. Sharp re-cut checkering. Case in very good/good condition. Exterior shows extensive scuffing at edges, impressions and nicks. Missing handle. Interior in very good condition with slight losses. Label shows small tears.
Data: Proof: London, Nitro, .370, .370, 40 Cordite, 370 grain maxim.
Pull: 13 7/8 inches. Weight: 8 pounds 7 ounces.