A very handsome sidelock non-ejector by Smith Midgley. The barrels are 29 1/2″ with 2 3/4″ chambers, choked .006/.034 (approximately skeet/full). The tubes are engraved: SMITH MIDGLEY & CO. BRADFORD. The receiver and trigger guard feature best quality rose and scroll engraving. The fore-end has an Anson push-button release. The semi-pistol-grip stock measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 14″ with neutral cast. The weight is 6 lbs 11 oz.
A knowledgeable colleague of mine in Yorkshire has supplied the following information:
Smith Midgley had a business which traded from c. 1890 to c. 1914.
Smith (an unusual but not unknown first name in Yorkshire) Midgley was the grandson of Joshua Midgley, an otherwise unrecorded gun maker in Northowram, Yorkshire.
He was recorded in the 1871 and 1881 censuses, in the latter working for his grandfather. He appears to have inherited the business on his grandfather’s death.
Smith Midgley (b.1862 in Queensbury, Yorkshire) was recorded as a gun maker at 25 Sunbridge Road, Bradford in about 1900, but he was also recorded in the 1901 census living at 61 Thomas Street, Halifax, with his wife, Catherine J (b.1863 in St Helen’s, Lancashire) and their children, Lily (b.1891), Robert A (b.1892) and Cyril (b.1900).