This is a fairly early post WW1 gun, sharing some of the features in the area of the cocking lever pivot, and loading area of the pre-great war guns.It is in a condition that causes endless discussion amongst collectors of these old guns, ie. it has in the past been restored / re-blued!...The previous owner told me that the work was carried out about 20 years ago in Birmingham, and that the gun had been basically used for display only since then. It has now been restored internally to full operating condition, and is a fine, accurate and very smooth operating gun.
I would personally say however, that despite being a well executed and quality re-finish,that it has been "over polished" before bluing,and the resulting effect is not how the gun would have been offered for sale originally. The normal BSA factory pre-bluing preparation at the time would have been a simple "belting"..ie rotation on either a linishing belt or grit wheel, which would have given a bright finish, but on close inspection, you would still see "witness" marks of the finishing.They simply would not have spent the extra time working the metal up to a mirror finish (except perhaps for the odd special order, or presentation gun).
Any, I still think it is worth viewing, but be aware that if you are reading this as a newcomer to the collecting of old air weapons, then doing this will drastically reduce the value to most collectors, and erase any evidence of a gun's long history....every bump and mark tells a story on these old guns, and a "honest" gun with fair wear and tear is more appealing to the majority of enthusiasts.
It has a couple of interesting features however, having a model 21a rear aperture sight, and also a stock stamping showing it was supplied from new by Lincoln Jeffies' shop (the address marked as 140 Steel house lane, as opposed to the original shop at number 121)
So...A much "shinier" than normal offering from this period, which has had mixed reactions when given an outing!
Sight open for use;
And folded down, allowing the normal open sights to be used;