1938 Boss O/U 20 gauge brings $190,000….

The hammer dropped today at Julias on this stunning Boss O/U. When the action stopped, one hand was up and the bid was $165,000! With the 15% premium, that means the new owner of this spectacular double barrel shotgun will write a check for about $190,000.

Stunning Boss O/U 20g shotgun, circa 1938
Stunning Boss O/U 20g shotgun, circa 1938

I saw this over-and-under shotgun at Julia’s preview on Saturday. I was fortunate to run into a friend there. My friend has been chasing fine guns since the ’60s. He has the knowledge, skills, and background to know fine doubles. When I asked him about this Boss, he told me it was one of the best, and maybe the finest, British double he has ever seen. It did have it all – quality, condition, vintage, and rarity time two (a rare Boss single, selective trigger, and an even rarer rising-bite-style Boss action) – and it’s a gun that couldn’t be duplicated today at any price.

Stunning Boss O/U 20g shotgun, circa 1938
Stunning Boss O/U 20g shotgun, circa 1938
Stunning Boss O/U 20g shotgun, circa 1938
Stunning Boss O/U 20g shotgun, circa 1938
Stunning Boss O/U 20g shotgun, circa 1938
Stunning Boss O/U 20g shotgun, circa 1938

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5 thoughts on “1938 Boss O/U 20 gauge brings $190,000….

  1. Boss never offered a rising bite and they did not note them in the record books. There are 4-5 O/Us that are known to have them. I think they’re all 1930s-era guns. Technically, it’s the same as the Rigby bite. It’s just fitted a little differently (as you can see).

    Thanks

    Gregg

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