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British? Damascus barrel, Single-Shot, Engraved 24 Gauge shotgun

Need some help with identification of this shotgun.
Lightweight, and small, almost seems made for youth-size.
Damascus steel veins are faint, but clearly there. Wood is rich and marbled, while stock has some scuffs and few scratches. Receiver, hammer and trigger guard are engraved throughout.

Firing pin seems bent at the tip. If I pull the trigger, thereby extending the firing pin, it does not retract. It sticks out into the breach, and I can't fully open the shotgun.
To reset the pin, I need to push firing pin back-in with a flat piece of metal.

Sadly, it looks like the breach has been damaged over time, from people trying to force the barrel open, with the extended firing pin in the way.

Barrel marked "BV" "24" "E" (BV = Birmingham Britainicon proof house?)
Receiver marked with what looks like "P" and "AO"

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Wall-hang is exactly what this shotgun has been doing for the past X years :)
There aren't very many markings on this piece.
 

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Cool old gun. Maybe have the firing pin removed so the gun could be operated without further damage. The firing pin not retracting could be because it is simply not a rebounding lock? It looks to me like twist steel barrels not Damascus.

If it was mine, I would clean it up properly and then apply some Renaissance wax to all of it for protection before displaying it. Congratulations!
 
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