Auction set to go with a bang

Provenance accounts for the hefty guide price on a pair of Kell engraved 12-bore sidelock ejector guns by London maker John Wilkes, a headline lot at Gavin Gardiner's sporting guns auction in Gleneagles next week.

17th August, 2014

Provenance accounts for the hefty guide price on a pair of Kell engraved 12-bore sidelock ejector guns by London maker John Wilkes, a headline lot at Gavin Gardiner's sporting guns auction in Gleneagles next week.

It was in 1935 that Wilkes received a dream commission from William W Dowding, to ''build me the very finest pair of guns that the London gun trade can build.

Dowding was a distinguished collector and a sportsman par excellence. He...

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