The king of Boss O/Us? This 28 gauge is just $500,000…

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838. Click to see fantastic Sumner engraving.

This fantastic Boss O/U just hit the market. It’s #6838, a 28 gauge with 26″ barrels. According to the seller, it’s the first 28 gauge over-under that Boss & Co. made.

An outfit called Etherington Thorpe & Company in Denmark has the gun. I’ve been told that the asking  price is $500,000 — aka a 1/2 million friggin’ dollars.

Boss over-unders are special shotguns. Almost every modern O/Us owes a debt to their design (learn why: Bow down to this Boss O/U…). The 28 is one of the rarest gauges Boss made and this one appears to be in spectacular original condition.

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838, click to see more detail.

It’s also from Boss’s best time period – between the wars – and beautifully made. I’ve seen a bunch of Boss O/Us, and this one is up there with the very best of them.

Here’s more info about this double from the seller:

Extremely rare 28 gauge Boss & Co over and under shotgun made 1920. This gun was the first of only eight 28 gauge over and under Boss’s ever made, and is probably the finest example of them all, being totally original, in as new condition and perfect in every detail.

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838, click for more detail.

Barrels: 26″, stock 14 1/4″, double trigger, full filed rib, fine traditional rose and scroll engraving with gold inlaid monogram on the toplever, 100% original as new condition, with original makers case.

The gun was originally commissioned in by Mr. Henry Graves Jnr. who ordered the gun in 1919 through Von Lengerke and Detmold in New York, to be delivered in 1920. Mr. Henry graves Jnr was a man of impeccable taste, an ardent collector, and a perfectionist who demanded the highest quality in everything he purchased…having a reputation for owning the very best of the best, including the most expensive watch in the world “The Supercomplication” made by Patek Philippe in 1933.

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838
28 gauge Boss & Co. Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun #6838

 

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2 thoughts on “The king of Boss O/Us? This 28 gauge is just $500,000…

  1. Wonderful gun made for a magnate. Still pales in my mind to the one Drake had with the single trigger and out of this world wood. To know that I could have bought it years ago for a relative song is one of my greatest regrets

    http://www.drake.net/Boss28ga.OU

  2. Clif-
    Yeah, that’s an awesome one. I handled it back when Drake had it, and it was amazing to see how small it was.

    I think the double triggers in this one may make extra special. It may be the only 28g they made with them.

    Good to see your name.

    Gregg

    BTW: I have a line on a nice 20g Boss O/U – 1930s gun, 28″, Boss single trigger, lots of color, pretty sure it’s all original. Let me know if you’re interested.

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