Geco brand side by side shot guns used to be extremely popular imported items in Sri Lanka in the pre World War 2 era . A Geco brand side by side hammerless shot gun with a single trigger would look identical to that , with 32 inch long barrels. The continental shot guns were always more durable for handling things like ball cartridges or letter shot , than British game guns . The cartridges in the gentleman's waist belt are unmistakably Eley Grand Prix 2.5 inch Lethal Ball cartridges . In the context , it actually makes sense , Mr. Rothhammer . Eley Grand Prix Lethal Ball cartridges were specifically designed by Lyon & Lyon in Kolkata to be used against charging wounded panthers ( which you Western gentlemen will refer to , as " leopard " .)Sir, I am extremely interested in your reply. The information you provide is greatly appreciated.
The photograph is of my Grandfather, John Forrest Easton, who was the manager and overseer of rubber growing and refining operations at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for Goodyear in the early 1930s. My mother was born in Colombo in June of 1931, her birth certificate and (dual) citizenship papers signed by Llewellen Thompson. By 1934 they had been transferred to Singapore where they lived until their Japanese neighbors became rather aggressive in 1940.
"The gentleman on the right is holding a 12 Bore Geco brand side by side double barreled shot gun with the single trigger . The cartridges on his waist belt are Eley 2.5 inch Lethal Ball cartridges ."
Are you certain of this information? All I have known before is that the affair held by the gent to Granddad's right (left in photo) is a big son of a ----. I'm well acquainted with the M1910 of Granddad's as I own it, but all I have that may be related to that monstrous double barreled affair is a large round lead ball in the MS's case that may have come from it.
You would likely be interested in the family photo albums. I intend to digitize their contents as time permits. One of my favorites is a great image of Granddad having shown the proper cricket playing Brits how to play American baseball. It shows the grinning players at Singapore's 'Swiss Club' having finished a game and brandishing baseball equipment (with cricket bats visibly laid aside) while gathered around a keg of beer as their society matron wives show disdain in a distinctly "that simply isn't cricket" sort of way.
From the looks of things , your grand father successfully took the panther out with his 1st bullet . If God forbid , he only wounded the panther and it retreated into the thickets , then the double barrelled shot gun would be used for pursuing the wounded brute into the thickets . The gentleman on the right side of the photograph , is no doubt , a professional shikaree who would be assigned to deal with the wounded panther , should it charge the shikar party. Personally , l would prefer a double trigger weapon , over a single selective trigger weapon ( so that l could instantly give the panther the 2nd barrel if need be ) . However , based on barrel length , l am willing to bet that the shot gun was a wild fowl gun , fully choked in both barrels , which the operator was using with Eley Grand Prix Lethal Ball cartridges to serve as a " charge stopper " in a pinch.
Can you weigh the lead ball and tell me if it weighs more or less than 1 ounce ?
It would be my privilege to see your family album. Such photographs always remind me of my youth and the good old days . 1 of my most favorite things about African Hunting Forums , is that l unexpectedly find many familiar faces on these forums . I suppose that our international hunting community is far more tightly knit than l had originally thought it to be.