I went to my local gunshop on Saturday to get some ammunition. Poking around in the back I came across a very threadbare and tatty gun slip, inside which was a very lovely little .410 side by side boxlock non ejector shotgun by WJ Jeffery & Co Ltd, with 9 Golden Square, Regent St London on the Rib (OK, I know this a stalking directory, but Jeffery did and do make very nice stalking and big game rifles).
26" barrels, 15 1/2" stock with a beautiful piece of wood and extensive floral engraving on the action. Weight is 4lbs 8oz. Fits perfectly.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, and some point in its long life it has been unloved, and whilst externally it just needs a good clean, the jointing is a bit rattly and the bores are pretty pitted. When I say fortunately, it is now sitting in my safe for less than the cost of a day at the hinds.
It shoots very well (2 boxes of cartridges went through it at clays on Sunday), but admittedly I was a bit nervous and proof tested it first by putting it on the range, holding it down with a sandbag and tying a long piece of string around the triggers.
Any advice as a) getting rid of layers of grime off a stock, and b) polishing up the bores to get rid of some of the pitting - does any body know somebody who can carry out such work without requiring a second mortgage??