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Alfonso XIII of Spain, pigeon shooter & owner of many Purdeys

Alfonso XIII of Spain, pigeon shooter & owner of many Purdeys

Provenance is tricky, especially when it comes to old guns. Some provenances can boost a shotgun’s value many times over, while other barely register at all with buyers.

Fo example: Would you pay $60,000 more for a shotgun made for King Alfonso XIII.

King who?

Yeah – that’s the problem. King Alfonso XIII was Spain’s monarch from 1886-1931. While he was a big deal in his day, I don’t know anyone who cares about him now. So it’s hard to say if a gun connected to him is worth a $60,000 premium.

That’s just what’s going on with the James Purdey & Sons 12g hammergun you see here. This side-by-side came up for sale in Christie’s, December 2014 sale:

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

A VERY RARE BARRÉ ENGRAVED 12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN. J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 19395.

The hammer price plus premium: $35,370. It looks to me like whoever has the gun now connected it to King Alfonso before or after he bought it. It certainly is a spectacular shotgun, and it appears to be in excellent condition. Regardless, though, the big question is: Is its connection to a King worth sixty large?

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN32″ 029 AND 032 1 1/4 OZ PROOF DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 9 0Z X 2″ X 1 1/2″. Price: $99,500

More info from the seller:
“Purdey Hammer gun sn. 19395 came from a collection of Spanish Royal Firearms, from the household of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The makers have confirmed that this hammergun was completed in April 1909 for the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII. The records are specific that Barre was the engraver. The gun is covered in finely chiseled low relief with foliate scrollwork illustrating monsters and masks upon a blackened background. Included is a gold inlaid escutcheon with the Spanish Royal Coat of Arms.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

It is believed that the King used this gun in winning the Tiro-Pichon De Madrid in May 1921. Our provenance includes a picture of the King aside the trophy given for his win and holding what appears to be this gun. Purdey awarded the winner of the Tiro-Pichon De Madrid a prize gun that was to duplicate this piece, however Barre did not engrave the later gun as he was dead by 1921.”

BTW: A similar Purdey was also in Christie’s 12/2014 sale: #22210. You can read more about it in this post: The king of Spain’s Purdey pigeon shotgun brings $55,000…

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

Here are couple other Purdeys attributed to Barre:

SPECTACULAR HIGH RELIEF 12 GAUGE BARRE ENGRAVED J. PURDEY & SONS DELUXE SIDE LOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 18218. Price realized: $50,600

James Purdey & Sons Side by Side Shotgun (Gift from King Edward VII to the Shah) Barre Engraved – 12 ga.

Parker Bros, AHE SxS 12 gauge shotgun, 2 BBL SET

Parker Bros, AHE SxS 12 gauge shotgun, 2 BBL SET

Parker Bros, AHE SxS 12 gauge shotgun, 2 BBL SET: $24,500
Serial Number: 95xxx
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 30
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Plate
LOP: 13 3/4″
Weight: 7 3/4 lbs.

Parker Bros. CH Grade 12 Ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side

Parker Bros. CH Grade 12 Ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side

Parker Bros. CH Grade 12 Ga. Double Barrel Side-by-SideRare CH Grade Parker Shotgun with 30″ Titanic Steel Barrels that are choked Imp. Mod. / Imp. Mod. The LOP is 14 1/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 1/2″ and weight is 7lbs 14oz.  This Parker is on a number 2 frame.  It is listed on page 382 of Parker Gun Identification & Serialization.  Serial number is 130777.  Price: $6,500

Beretta SO3. As new condition. 28" barrels. 100% factory hand engraving

Beretta SO3. As new condition. 28″ barrels. 100% factory hand engraving

Beretta SO3. 12 gauge OUA shotgun, as new condition. 28″ barrels. 100% factory hand engravingFor sale is a beautiful piece of art work. An as new side lock SO3 Beretta from the late 1960’s. All factory hand engraved. It has a true EELL pattern but for the price of an SO3 instead of an EELL. 28inch barrels. Mod and Full. unmolested. bores are bright, shiny no pits. perfect. Checkered butt. LOP 14.25″  DAC 1.5″. DAH 2.25″.  The bluing is 98%. The wood is 98%.  Single selective trigger. Very dynamic. Can be used for bunker, live birds or sporting clays.  Comes in its makers leather case. The overall weight is 7pounds 4ounces. Neutral cast. Price: $5600

MOORE & GREY / WESTLEY RICHARDS 12B SIDELOCK SHOTGUN

MOORE & GREY / WESTLEY RICHARDS 12B SIDELOCK SHOTGUN

MOORE & GREY / WESTLEY RICHARDS 12B SIDELOCK SHOTGUNAn excellent, elegant, Moore and Grey TL round action 12b double sidelock with ducksbill lock plates, serial # 2xxx, No. 2 of a pair, with recent replacement 30” steel barrels by Westley Richards with perfect bores, NITRO 2 1/2” chambers choked IC/FL and retaining 98% blue. The lock plates with excellent, crisp, banknote scroll engraving, beautifully executed, with darkend backround which enhances it’s effect.  Beautifully figured SG / SPL wood with dark swirls, proud to metal, with excellent, crisp flat top checkering, vacant gold oval, LOP 14 1/4 to a silvers style pad.  Weight 6 lbs 12oz. DAC, 1 5/8, DAH, 2 3/8.  A beautiful, classic upland game gun.  The photos don’t do it justice. Price: $3995

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH ZOLI & RIZZINI 28GA SxS SHOTGUN

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH ZOLI & RIZZINI 28GA SxS SHOTGUN

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH ZOLI & RIZZINI 28GA SxS SHOTGUNA dandy light and livley 28 ga. game gun. No issues: Price: $2675
Chambers: 2 3/4IN
Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Barrels: 26IN

Gauge: 28GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 3/8IN
Butt Pad: ORIGINAL
LOP: 14 1/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 4OZ
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: MOD

Franchi Luigi Model Instinct 'L' 20 ga OU Double Barrel Shotgun

Franchi Luigi Model Instinct ‘L’ 20 ga OU Double Barrel Shotgun

This has to be one of the best deals on the market right now. This 20g Franchi Instinct over-under has modern stock dimensions, a reliable single trigger, and screw-in chokes. It looks like it’s built on the same proven triggerplate-style action that a lot of modern Italian OUs use.

Sure the wood’s plain and the stock’s a bit chunky through the hand, but if I take my eyes off the trees and look at the forest, I see a darn nice shotgun. If you check out this review, you’ll see that other people agree: Review in Field & Stream

Franchi Luigi Model Instinct ‘L’ 20 ga28″ vent rib bbls. 4 Fran-chokes, gold single selrct trigger & accents, ejectors, jewelled turned action receiver, fancy wrap around checkered forearm, deluxe Prince ‘o Wales  European walnut stock, 14 3/4 ” LOP over factory solid pad,  6 lbs, as New in hard case, manual, warranty & providence. Price: $899

Franchi Luigi Model Instinct 'L' 20 ga OU Double Barrel Shotgun

Franchi Luigi Model Instinct ‘L’ 20 ga OU Double Barrel Shotgun

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

I always wonder what some guns are really worth. Auctions are nice because they give you a chance to find out. And when this auction ends, we’ll know just how much money people will pay for a nice, 16g AYA boxlock SxS. It’s on Gunauction.com and the listing ends on May 2, 2016 17:44:24 PT.

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AYA) is one of Spain oldest and best known gunmakers. This boxlock was one of their lower-end doubles. It’s a basic, no frills Anson & Deeley style SxS with extractors. I’m sure it’s well made, and it looks like it be a great grouse & woodcock gun.

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA

Make: Aguirre y Aranzabal

Model: Field Sport Game Gun / No. 4 box lock #3 frame

Serial #: N036

Gauge: 16 ga

Action: Double trigger, auto safety, selective auto extractors

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Markings: AyA – Aguirre & Aranzabal made in spain, on center rib marked FEIL SPORT GAME GUN

Barrel Length: 28″ solid concave rib, gold front bead

Chokes: Right hand imp. cyl. Left hand is mod.

Finish: Original factory blue barrels and trigger guard 99%, original factory case colored receiver 99%

Stock: Walnut straight grip, checkered butt

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Mechanics: Like new less than 100 rounds

Notes: Perfect grouse gun, nice easy fast pointing

Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock

Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock

Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English StockA very unique 28ga Browning Superposed it has a straight stock like a superlight but has a lightning frame with a field forearm   It has 28in barrels  choked Modified / Full it is in great condition  very tight  gorgeous wood. LOP 14 3/8″ to a Factory buttplate  This is a NO salt, vent-rib gun. Price: $8,500

BERETTA - Abercrombie & Fitch - ASEL - 20ga 28" - O/U Shotgun Solid Rib

BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid Rib

BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid RibHand Built Quality. Very Hard to Find with 28″ Barrels. 1951. Choked IC / M (.007 / .017), Double Trigger – Front Articulated, LOP 14-3/8″ Drop 1-7/16″ to 2-1/8″,Weight 5 lbs. 12 oz. Gun was very carefully restored some years ago, and remains 95+% condition. Bores are as they left the factory – except the chokes were opened to IC / M. Price: $5900

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&FAll original finish. Mfg 1912. Price: $4,500

Serial #  214934

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30" F&F

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&F

Choke 30″ F&F
Choke 26″ M&M
Trigger  Hunter one trigger
Stock Configuration  Straight Grip
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened
Engraving Type  Game Scene Cameos Engraving
Other Options  Recoil pad
Condition  Near EXC. Condition
Weight  7#0oz
Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 with 0 cast

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 GaThis Italian double gun has a case colored, scalloped boxlock action with a checkered walnut stock set. The stock does not appear to have been cut for the recoil pad. The 28″ barrels are extractor only and have fixed Mod/Full chokes. Abercrombie & Fitch imported this shotgun. Price: $1,949.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Only a few light handling marks.
Wood Condition: There are a couple of very small cracks behind the scallops of the receiver.
Bore Condition: Bright, clean bores.
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Round knob pistol grip.
Stock Dimensions:
15 1/2″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Pachmayr White Line recoil pad.
Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
Sights: Brass bead.
Chokes: Fixed – Mod/Full

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge ShotgunBrowning Citori chambered in 12 gauge.  Shotgun has 28″ barrels and weighs 6lb 6oz.  Firearm has an English style straight stock and screw chokes. Price: $1,095

Meet Sky, our new pointer

Meet Sky, our new pointer

A couple Saturdays ago, the latest addition to our team arrived. Meet out new pointer pup: Striking Elhew Sky.

Sky’s out of Superior Pointers. She’s half-sister to Lexi by the father. We’re thrilled to have her, and I’m more excited than ever to have another bird dog for this fall.

 

 

 

The Pointer Sisters: Lexi & Sky

The Pointer Sisters: Lexi & Sky

The Pointer Sisters: Lexi & Sky

The Pointer Sisters: Lexi & Sky

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

I’m pretty sure I’ve gushed about this gorgeous gun before. It’s a 16 gauge W.W. Greener side-by-side, built in 2005 by Richard Tandy and David Dryhurst.

W.W. Greener is one of the world’s most famous gunmakers. Founded in 1829 by William Greener, the company played a key role in the evolution of fine sporting arms. With SxSs like this G70 Imperial and this FH70, they proved themselves to be innovators and brilliant gunmakers.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

Like most British gunmakers, W.W. Greener went through hard times in the ’60s and ’70s. In 1985, the company was bought out by a team which included Graham Greener (W.W. Greener’s great grandson) and two of the world’s top finest gun makers: David Dryhurst and Richard Tandy,

Dryhurst and Tandy have been building shotguns and double rifles under the W.W. Greener name ever since. The one you see here was made in 2005, and it’s of the finest side-by-sides on the market today. While it says W.W. Greener on the outside, the lockwork, ejectorwork, self-opening system and some other aspects of it are all Boss.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

Boss & Co is another one of the world’s oldest and best gunmakers. In 1891, the firm was acquired by John Robertson. With a mind for innovation, an eye for aesthetics, and a whole lot of guts, Robertson revitalized Boss & Co and pushed it to the forefront of London’s gunmakers. The fact that two of today’s top gunmakers choose his designs as the basis for one of their shotguns is a testament to Robertson and Boss & Co’s brilliance.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SXS 16 GAUGEENGRAVED BY TALLET AND COGGAN  MADE 2005 29″ BARRELS SELF OPENING 006 AND 011 2 3/4 EVERYTHING INTERNALLY ON THIS GUN IS A BOSS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE 6LBS 5 OZ X 2 7/16 X 1 9/16 X 14 9/16 LOADS OF CORRESPONDANCE BETWEEN THE BUYER AND DAVID DRYHURST. PRICE: $89,500

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

Westley Richards " Ovundo " 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector

Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector

Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector: A sweet, beautiful , light shotgun. 5lb 9oz. Single trigger (selective). Straight english stock  to a checkered butt with toe and heel plates  Great case colors, great engraving on a scalloped frame. Knockout wood. Price: $25,995

J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock.  Straigh grip English StockPrice: $1,895
Serial Number: 125798
Chambers: 2 3/4
Ejectors: extractor
Action: Boxlock
Triggers: Double

J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock. Straigh grip English Stock

J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock. Straigh grip English Stock

Gauge: 12ga
Stock Comb: 1 1/2
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
Fore End: Splinter
LOP: 14.75
Weight: 7lbs 14oz
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: full

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under Shotgun

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under Shotgun

Here’s a deal on a great, all around upland shotgun. Browning introduced the Citori in 1973. Made in Japan, it was a simplified version of Browning’s already famous Superposed shotguns (which were made for them in Belgium).

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under ShotgunThis gun is an early Browning  Citori Superlight 20 ga with 26″ barrels choked improved cyl and modified fixed chokes. It is equipped with single selective trigger, ejectors, and 3″ chambers.  The gun comes as a straight gripped gun with Schnable forend. Price: $950

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under Shotgun

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under Shotgun

Lexi and I headed down to Cape Cod on Sat to check out the Setter Club of New England’s spring field trial. I entered Lexi in two stakes: the Amateur Derby and Gundog. She took 3rd in both. Here are some pics from the day.

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 Field Trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 Field Trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Lexi took 3rd place, Amateur Derby, Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

Lexi took 3rd place, Amateur Derby, Setter Club of New England Spring 2016 trial

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