Johann Springer, Vienna Model 40 Matched Consecutive Pair Sidelock Ejector 12 Gauge, 2 1/2" Chambers
In each of the following pairs of photos, Gun No.1 is first, followed by Gun No.2
28" SxS chopper-lump barrels of Thomas Kilby Special Fine Steel with concave matted ribs, all choked full. 14" pull from articulated front triggers to striated horn buttplates. 1 3/8" - 2 1/4" drop. Trace of cast-off. Fully figured, dark, European walnut stocks with Anson-release splinter forends, classic point-pattern checkering with mullered borders, and diamond-section straight English grips. Holland & Holland-pattern sidelock actions with bushed firing pins, concealed third fasteners, intercepting sears, gold-washed internals, automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safeties with SAFE inlaid in gold, fully engraved in Springer's Holland & Holland-type scroll. Weights: 6lbs, 12oz each. All components numbered 1 & 2; barrels & action being in gold. CV inlaid in silver on underside of forends. Built 1934. Gun No.1 retaining 98% blue and 30% casehardening colors. Gun No.2 retaining 99% blue and 60% casehardening colors. Tight, and with excellent bores. In original double motor case that has spared no sacrifice to protect the guns. $23,750.
The Model 40 as shown in Springer's 1936 catalog:
Provenance: Constantin Vișoianu (born February 4, 1897 in Urlați, Prahova County, Romania - died January 4, 1994 in Washington, D.C., United States) was a Romanian jurist, diplomat and politician.
He studied at the University of Bucharest and earned his doctor's degree in Law at the Sorbonne.
Constantin Vișoianu was technical advisor at the League of Nations. From 1931 to 1933 he was member of the Romanian permanent delegation to the Conference on Disarmament. He was thereafter appointed minister plenipotentiary to The Hague (1933–1935) and Warsaw (1935–1936)
He was the last Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, under King Michael, from November 4, 1944 to March 5, 1945. Forced to flee from Romania when the Communist party rose to power, Constantin Vișoianu was chairman of the Romanian National Committee from 1948 to 1975.
Copy of the page in Springer's order book showing the guns, sold to Mr. Vișoianu in 1936.
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