Feed on
Posts
Comments
12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 22210

12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN
J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 22210

Christie’s Fall, 2014, Sporting Guns sale went off last Monday. There were a lot of nice doubles in the sale, including a bunch of impressive shotguns and rifles from King Alphonse XIII of Spain‘s personal collection. King Alphonse was a big shooter, and he had the funds to indulge in great shotguns and double rifles.

This stunning Purdey hammergun was one his SxSs. It was presented to the King by the maker in 1921. It’s one of the finest hammerguns I’ve ever seen. Check out the engraving. It sure looks like it was done by the famous British Harry Kell. And take a look at the thick comb on the stock — much fuller and broader than what you would see on a Purdey game gun.

The king of Spain’s winning gun - an incredible Purdey hammergun

The king of Spain’s winning gun – an incredible Purdey hammergun

A VERY FINE 12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN : J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 22210: With 32 in. (81.3 cm.) blacked signed nitro chopperlump Whitworth steel barrels with raised matt rib, 2 ¾ in. (70 mm) chambers, bored approx. full and full choke, signed action with side-clipped carved percussion fences, gold-washed strikers, and signed rebounding locks, the action, toplever, locks, hammers, trigger-guard and fore-end iron finely engraved throughout with foliate scrollwork and retaining virtually all their original deep blued finish, highly figured 14 ½ in. stock with chequered butt, the underside of the butt inlaid with pierced gold escutcheon engraved with the Spanish Royal Arms, the heel of the comb inlaid with a gold escutcheon engraved ‘PRIZE PRESENTED TO THE TIRO – PICHON DE MADRID BY J. PURDEY & SONS WON BY H.M. KING ALFONSO XIII MAY 1921′, weight 7 lbs. 10 oz., in its original brass-cornered oak and leather gun case with some accessories. Estimate: £20,000 – £25,000 Price Realized: £35,000 ($55,020)

12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 22210

12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 22210

According to Christies’ Specialist Howard Dixon: “This gun was won by His Majesty King Alphonse XIII of Spain in a live pigeon shooting competition in Madrid in May 1921. This was not a case of favoritism, of letting the king win; he really was a champion marksman at these competitions.

‘Purdeys would have offered up the prize of making a gun for the winner of the competition and it happened to be the king of Spain, who was one of their great customers. So, in under a year, they built this magnificent gun. It’s beautifully engraved with deep scrollwork and barely looks like it’s had a shot through it, the condition is just amazing. Every last turn of the chisel on the stock is still absolutely sharp. Out of the 49 lots in the sale from the king’s gun room, this stands head and shoulders above the rest for me. In fact, it’s one of the most beautiful guns I’ve ever seen.”

There were a number of other great guns in the sale, including a number of rare, pre-WW1 Spanish SxS. Here are a few highlights:

-A FINE 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR PIGEON GUN, VICTOR SARASQUETA, EIBAR, SERIAL NO. 21560, CIRCA 1930

New Beretta SO10 sidelock O/U shotgun with pinless lockplates

New Beretta SO10 sidelock O/U shotgun with pinless lockplates

Beretta is one of the world’s oldest gunmakers, and for hundred years they’ve used the innovative techniques to build their firearms. In this video, you can see the techniques the company is using to build their SO-series O/U shotguns.

Beretta’s SO-series over-and-unders are one of the world’s great doubles. Introduced around 1933 as the model S1, Beretta’s sidelock over-unders were the Italian maker’s response to Browning’s then new Superposeds.

Beretta’s in-house firearms designer Tullio Marengoni considered Browning’s O/U “..very high, heavy and ugly.” He set about to create a low-profile over-and-under similar to a Boss or Woodward that could also be mass produced in a factory like Beretta’s.

One thing that struck me: How much handwork Beretta has cut out of the gunmaking process.

Other than on the stock most of the gun’s part are machine made, and it looks like most of the work is done by programmers and machine operators rather than gunmakers. If the end result is best-quality work, I don’t know if this is good or bad.

WINCHESTER - Model 21 - 12ga - 30" IC / F - - RARE - Double Trigger - Ejector - Splinter - 30 Inch

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejector – Splinter – 30 Inch

I’ve never owned a Winchester Model 21. But if I were to get one, it would similar to the one you see here. Simple, with no frills or goofy gold. Double triggers. Nice long barrels. I bet it’s a deadly double for pheasants.

The M21 was first produced in 1931, and it was manufactured by them until 1993. In all, about 35,000 of them left the Winchester factory.

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejector – Splinter – 30 Inch: Very Hard to Find Combination of Features – Double Triggers, Ejectors, Splinter, 30″ Bbls. 1932 – Winchester Model 21 – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″, Imp Cyl / Full (.010 / .034), Pistol Grip, Splinter, DT, Ejectors, Automatic Safety, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-5/8″, Weight 7 lbs. 4 oz. Excellent Condition. Appears to be original finishes – at about 92% overall. Bores are excellent. Price: $5,450

WINCHESTER - Model 21 - 12ga - 30" IC / F - - RARE - Double Trigger - Ejector - Splinter - 30 Inch

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejector – Splinter – 30 Inch

WINCHESTER - Model 21 - 12ga - 30" IC / F - - RARE - Double Trigger - Ejector - Splinter - 30 Inch

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejector – Splinter – 30 Inch

WINCHESTER - Model 21 - 12ga - 30" IC / F - - RARE - Double Trigger - Ejector - Splinter - 30 Inch

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejector – Splinter – 30 Inch

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

I’ve written a lot about Charles Daly shotguns — and for good reason. Up until the mid-1930s, Daly shotguns were some of the finest doubles sold in the US.

Charles Daly was a businessman, not a gunmaker. Around 1875 he partnered with August Shoverling to import shotguns into the United States. These side-by-sides were marketed under the Charles Daly name, and early on they were built by serveral different makers.

By the time this gun was built, Daly had established a relationship with a German gunmaker named Harold Lindner. The Lindner-Daly relationship lasted from the end of the 19th century until around WW1, and produced some of the finest boxlock shotguns ever made.

This Daly is Gunauction.com now at No Reserve and the listing ends December 21, 2014, @ 17:27:00 PT.

BTW: You can see more nice Charles Dalys that I’ve written about here and here.

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Model: Side by Side

Serial Number: 307

Year of Manufacture: Pre-1890 (Crown over Crossed Pistols Proof)

Gauge: 12 Gauge

Action Type: Side by Side (SxS) with Dual Triggers and Automatic Ejectors

Markings: The lock plates are marked “CHARLES DALY THURINGIA”. The underside of the receiver is engraved with a pointing dog and pheasant game scene. The underside of the trigger guard is decorated with a Deer. The bottom tang is marked “307”. The top tang is marked “SAFE” in gold. The water table is marked “307”. The metal oval insert on the belly of the buttstock is marked “D.B. RESS”. The top rib is marked “CHARLES DALY EXTRA FINE DAMASCUS BARRELS DIAMOND QUALITY”. The underside of the left barrel is marked “LE”. Both barrels are marked “SAXONY” and with crossed pistols with a crown above them. The underside of the right barrel is marked “453”. The right barrel flat is marked “307”. The forend hardware is marked “307”.

Barrel Length: 28”

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Choke: Both bores measure .715” at the muzzle.

Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead front sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut. The forend has some compression marks. The buttstock has a rounded pistol grip. The butt of the pistol grip has an oval recession. There are light scratches, compression marks and handling marks throughout. The belly of the buttstock has an oval piece of metal inlayed which is marked “D.B. Ress”. The LOP measures 14 ¼” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the horn buttplate. There are small holes in the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There are a few light scratches down the length of the bores. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 50% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some pinprick surface erosion and frosting on the underside of the receiver and trigger guard. The barrel shows a light brown patina. The Herringbone Damascus pattern is still very visible. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. We have not fired this shotgun.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: This was a Charles Daly marked shotgun made in Germany by Heinrich Lindner. This particular model is a Diamond quality with fine engraving and special Manufacture Extra Damascus barrels which were said to be five times more expensive than the standard Damascus. This is truly a quality firearm and was made to last. This is for the collector and is in great functioning condition.

 

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

Lindner Made Charles Daly SxS Shotgun, Diamond Quality SN307, 1800s Antique 12 Gauge

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

What do you get when one of England’s most inventive gunsmiths takes on the O/U? The gun shown here – a Frederick Beesley “Shotover”.

In 1880, Frederick Beesley created the Beesley-Purdey Self Opener, one of England’s most successful shotgun actions- the Beesley-Purdey Self Opener. He invented the Shotover in 1913, four years after Boss & Co. created came out with their revolutionary over under. While the Shotover shares some similarities with Boss’s design, it’s really a much different gun. To learn about what makes it so special, check out this article by Morris L. Hallowell IV. I have a feeling the gun you see here is the same 12g featured in that piece.

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER: EXTREMELY RARE BRITISH OVER UNDER 30″ BARRELS 011 AND 020 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH REBLACKED BARRELS AND VIVID ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 6LBS 14 OZ X 2 X 1 1/4 X 14 1/2. Price: $35,000.

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

FREDERICK BEESLEY SHOTOVER 12 GAUGE OVER UNDER

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint

The Super-Fox is one of America’s legendary shotguns. Famous outdoor writer and sportsman Nash Buckingham raved about it’s ability on high birds. He loved the loved the gun so much that he named it “Bo Whoop” because of the unique sound it made when fired.

The A.H. Fox company offered the Super-Fox from 1923 to 1940. In one of their catalogs, the company wrote: “The long distance shooting Gun built especially for close patterns at extra range…gives patterns never before attained at forty, fifty and sixty yards and above….”

In his book A.H. Fox: The Finest Gun in the World, Michael McIntosh wrote “…The Super-Fox was the product of several minds, all focused on the remarkably complex problem involved in getting a shotgun to reliably deliver a high percentage of its shot to roughly the same place at any distance beyond forty yards. It was also the product of technologies unknown before and of splendid talents brought together at precisely the right time.”

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint

A.H. Fox brought in Burt Becker to build the first of these doubles. Becker was a well-known gunsmith with a gift for boring barrels. In describing Becker’s contributions to the Super Fox, McIntosh wrote:

“Becker clearly understood the advantage of keeping a gunbarrel free from abrupt changes in diameter, and his solution involves a three-fold approach. First, Super-Fox chambers are bored to extremely close tolerances, and most will not accept a cartridge that is even slightly oversized. There also is a bit more taper in the Super-Fox chambers than in the average gun’s. Becker’s forcing cones are 3/4-inch long and obliquely angled, so that shot columns are eased rather than squeezed into the bores. Finally, to reduce the difference between chamber and bore diameters even further, Becker overbored the barrels. A 12-gauge Super-Fox has nearly 11-gauge bores.”

The A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Wildfowl was made up from leftover HE-grade Super-Fox actions and barrels. It was offered from 1934 to around 1940. I don’t think many of them were made, and if this one is as good as it looks, it may be the best one out there.

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint

NOTE: In his original listing, the seller calls this gun a “Fox Waterfowl Grade (XE) Sterlingworthand says it “…is basically a Super Fox XE.” This is incorrect. I believe he meant to say “HE” instead of “XE”. I made the correction below.

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint: Amazing, near mint, late production Fox Sterlingworth side by side in little known Wildfowl Grade. A rare grade and gun is all original in near mint condition. The case coloring is some of the best I have seen on a Fox shotgun. Beautiful dark walnut in forend and stock, which has original, period correct, Jostam Mfg. red rubber pad. Original blue on 30 inch Full/Full choked barrels with ejectors. Action snaps shut tight like a vault door. Length of pull is 14 inches with 2 3/4 inch drop at heel. Take down those high flyers like Bo-Whoop’s cousin should!!  Price: $7,000

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint

Fox Waterfowl Grade (HE) Sterlingworth Near Mint

ZANOTTI - MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27" barrels:

ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels:

Here’s an impressive little double. This 28 gauge Zanotti is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Monday, 12/14/2014, @ 8:30:00 PM ET.

I think Zanotti is owned by Stefano and Fabio Zanotti. According to this website, the Zanottis have been making complete shotguns since 1625 – longer than Beretta – and the company has been in family hands the entire time. They’ve built guns for lots of famous clients, including an O/U for Fidel Castro and this pair of sidelock 12 gauges for FDR, JR.

ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels: ALL ORIGINAL ITALIAN SHOTGUN – MASTERFULLY CRAFTED – PRIVATE COLLECTION RELEASE – ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 – BOXLOCK – GAME GUN – SMOKEY MARBLED SELECT EUROPEAN WALNUT STRAIGHT GRIP BUTTSTOCK – MASTERFULLY ENGRAVED – CASE HARDENED – SIDE X SIDE – 27″ CHOPPER LUMP BARREL – CHOKED IC & MOD – 28 GAUGE – 2 ¾” CHAMBERS – 14.5” LENGTH OF PULL – NONE FINER

ZANOTTI - MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27" barrels:

ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels:

ZANOTTI - MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27" barrels:

ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels:

  • MAKE: ZANOTTI
  • MODEL: 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN
  • CALIBER: 28 GAUGE
  • CHOKE: IC & MOD
  • TYPE: SIDE X SIDE
  • FINISH: FACTORY ORIGINAL
  • BARREL LENGTH: 27″ CHOPPER LUMP – NARROW MATTE RIB
  • CAPACITY: SIDE X SIDE
  • LENGTH OF PULL: 14.5″
  • RELEASE: ANSON
  • CONDITION: AS NEW – FACTORY COMPLETE – AL ORIGINAL
  • STOCK: HIGHLY SELECT SMOKEY MARBLED EUROPEAN WALNUT
  • FEATURES: MASTERFUL FIELD ENGRAVING THROUGHOUT
  • FRONT SIGHTS: SINGLE GOLD BEAD
  • SYSTEM: SIDE X SIDE

    ZANOTTI - MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27" barrels:

    ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels:

  • WEIGHT: 5LBS 02OZ
  • SERIAL NUMBER: 3938
  • MANUFACTURED: GARDONE. VT. ITALY

Redding Auction Service has this nice looking 12 gauge Francotte shotgun coming up in its 12/14 Firearms Auction. From what I can see, it looks like it’s in fantastic original condition (although the pad is a later addition). These old Francottes are great doubles, and whoever ends up with this SxS is going to get a lot of quality – and they probably won’t pay a lot of money for it. All images copyright Redding Auction Service.

12g Francotte SxS Shotgun in Redding Auction Service's 12/14/14 sale

12g Francotte SxS Shotgun in Redding Auction Service’s 12/14/14 sale

12g Francotte SxS Shotgun in Redding Auction Service's 12/14/14 sale

12g Francotte SxS Shotgun in Redding Auction Service’s 12/14/14 sale

12g Francotte SxS Shotgun in Redding Auction Service's 12/14/14 sale

12g Francotte SxS Shotgun in Redding Auction Service’s 12/14/14 sale

12g Francotte SxS Shotgun in Redding Auction Service's 12/14/14 sale

12g Francotte SxS Shotgun in Redding Auction Service’s 12/14/14 sale

MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON JOHN DICKSON & SON AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868,

MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON
JOHN DICKSON & SON
AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868

Here’s a jaw dropper. This stunning black-powder double rifle was by John Dickson & Son for eccentric collector Charles Gordon.

Lot 967: MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON
JOHN DICKSON & SON

AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868

28in. black powder only fine damascus barrels with dolls-head extension, raised matted rib with open sights and two folding leaf sights with white metal inlaid sight lines and marked for 100, 200 and 300 yards, bead fore-sight, tubes engraved ‘JOHN DICKSON & SON. 63 PRINCES STREET. EDINBURGH’, Jones patent rotary-underlever, finely carved percussion fences, non-rebounding back-action locks with front bolted hammers, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 14 5/8in. well-figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, floral engraved sling eyes, engraved and colour-hardened steel pistolgrip-cap, chequered steel buttplate with ribbon and scroll engraving retaining much original blued finish, fore-end with large grip-catch release lever, weight 9lb. 5oz., in its brass-mounted oak case, fitted internally in the French style with green baize lining, with some original accessories and with its original leather outer cover with later brass name plaque engraved ‘A MATHESON’

MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON JOHN DICKSON & SON AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868,

MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON
JOHN DICKSON & SON
AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868,

Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed this to be a ‘Gordon Gun’ and that it was completed for him on 5th February 1886 as a ‘.500 hammer double C.F. Express rifle, underlever’.

Of the 229 recorded guns and rifles ordered from John Dickson & Son by Charles Gordon, just 25 were centrefire hammer rifles.

In the 1908 auction of Charles Gordon’s Collection by Dowell’s of George Street, just one centrefire rifle by Dickson’s was offered for sale, Lot 319. Described simply as ‘Breech-loading rifle, under lever action, by John Dickson, Edinburgh, and waterproof cover’. It sold for 21/-.
It is possible that this is when the rifle came into the possession of the current Vendor’s family.

20g Bereta GR-2 SxS, 28" bbls

20g Bereta GR-2 SxS, 28″ bbls

Here’s a great side-by-side at a fair price. I think Beretta’s GR-3s were made in the 1960-1970s and hand engraved.  I have one of these in 12g and the vent rib is very low profile. You can barely see it.

20g Bereta GR-3 SxS, 28″ bbls

20g Bereta GR-2 SxS, 28" bbls

20g Bereta GR-2 SxS, 28″ bbls

Price: $1699.99
Manufacturer: SN:2897
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Very Good, Some Scratches And Dents On The Stock
Bore Condition: Bright And Shiny
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock: Checkered Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions: 13 3/4 LOP
Fore End: Checkered
Butt Pad: Beretta Butt Plate
Weight: 6 lbs. 4ozs.
Sights: Vent Rib Front Bead And Middle Bead
Chokes: Various

 

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: