An excellent, high quality boxlock ejector by George Hinton & Sons. The barrels are 28″ with 2 1/2″ chambers, choked .000/.033 (cylinder and full). Attractive engraving. Pretty wood. The fore-end has a push-button release. The stock measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ x 14 1/2″ over a horn butt with cast off off. The gun weighs 6 lbs 4 oz, and comes in a very good original case.
George Hinton, a Birmingham gunmaker, was involved in the development of Joseph Needham’s patent ejector (patent no. 1205) of 1874. This was the first truly effective ejector system. The patent was later acquired by W. W. Greener, and further refined by him. Hinton’s share of the profits from the ejector system enabled him to acquire the business of George Shepherd, a gunmaker of Taunton in Somerset. Hinton’s business there was active from 1885 to 1925. In 1913 he became the mayor of Taunton.