A .375 Charles Lancaster sidelock ejector double rifle owned by Elmer Keith (for 1903).
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A .375 Charles Lancaster sidelock ejector double rifle owned by Elmer Keith (for 1903).
Sold for US$ 18,720 inc. premium
Lot Details
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. Lancaster’s patent self-opening back-action sidelock action. Locking doll’s 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 Maker’s 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 Keith’s 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.


  • Note: Elmer Keith was a noted gun writer, big game hunter and pistol expert. In his early days, he was a cowboy, bronco buster, surveyor, rancher, trapper, packer and big game hunting guide. During he war he worked as an inspector and manager at a number of government arsenals. He started writing in the early 1930’s and wrote articles for Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream and others. He also wrote a number of books including Big Game Rifles & Cartridges, Rifles for Large Game, Six-guns, Shotguns and others. In 1936 he became the gun editor for Outdoor Life. He was also the Technical Editor for The American Rifleman and later Shooting and Executive Editor for Guns & Ammo. In later years he hunted extensively in Africa. He was an excellent shot, and was especially noted for his skill with a pistol. He was instrumental in the development of the .41 and .44 Magnums. He also worked on the development of the Winchester Model 70 and a number of wildcat cartridges.
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