| unusual early William Lawrence, Laconia, NH toplifter single barrel shotgun with full octagon barrel |
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William Lawrence, Laconia, NH single barrel shotgun. Unmarked, but has identical action to other Lawrence guns we have owned. This is the only one we have seen with a full octagon barrel, which appears to have been a muzzleloading rifle barrel, as it has a "blank" in the mortise where the rear sight was. Unusual action where the lever to open the barrel is lifted up, and has the shell extractor at the 4 o'clock position in the barrel breech. Piece has nice medium patina overall with a few scattered light old rust specks. 29" barrel of about 16 gauge. Stock very good, showing average wear overall with scattered marks and a couple scratches from handling. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.