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John Dickson and Son Hammer Gun made in 1890 for Charles Gordon

12 gauge, back-action hammer, side-by-side shotgun

The Charles Gordon story is a fascinating mix of wealth and pathos, worthy of any fictional drama; a gentleman of substantial means, profligate in his purchase of hundreds of guns, yet very eccentric, eventually losing his estate, wealth and personal power, ending his days alone and humble, living in a small cottage on his once large estate. Between 1868 and 1906, Charles Gordon bought 229 brand new top quality guns, rifles and pistols from John Dickson & Son. He spent over £10,000 on buying these guns, an enormous sum of money in the late 19th century. Apart from the sheer size of the collection, three things make his collection highly unusual. Firstly, he never fired any of his firearms. Secondly, around half were muzzle-loaders, completely obsolete in this period and thirdly, many were quirky such as pairs having different bore sizes, barrels being way over the normal length and so on. In addition, the majority of his collection were all housed in lavish cases filled with every conceivable accessory, (even dog whistles!) with many of the accessories duplicated in the double cases.


  • Gauge: 12
  • Barrel Length: 30in
  • Chambers: 2 3/4in
  • Proof: Birmingham Nitro Re-proof
  • Chokes: TBC
  • Stock Length: 14 5/8in to center
  • Weight: TBC