This single-trigger 12-bore sidelock ejector by Francotte went under the hammer at Holt’s Auctioneers. Below are the technical details.
AN EXTRAORDINARY GRIFNEE-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SINGLE-TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR BY AUGUSTE FRANCOTTE, serial no. 91410, 28 1/2in. nitro chopperlump barrels with matt game rib, tubes gold-inlaid ‘AUG. FRANCOTTE – LIEGE – BELGIUM CAL 12’, ‘BRUCE HUNT LTD. GA’, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. imp cyl and 1/4 choke, non-selective single-trigger, removable striker discs, cocking-indicators, manual safety, the action, lockplates, triggerguard and toplever deeply carved in relief with explicit scenes of a prurient nature, with fine feathered and ropework borders, the fences and knuckle finely carved in relief with grape and vine and apple tree motifs on a stippled background, the triggerplate signed ‘SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED BY PH. GRIFNEE’, old silver finish overall, 15in. well-figured pistolgrip stock, beavertail fore-end, weight 7lb. 8oz., in its lightweight leather case.