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Henry Graves 1933 Patek Philippe Supercomplication, from paulfrasercollectibles.com

Henry Graves 1933 Patek Philippe Supercomplication, from paulfrasercollectibles.com

Banking, unlike blogging, is a great way to make money. Henry Graves, Jr. was born into a family of bankers, and he made huge coin through the early parts of the 20th century in oil and railroads.

Rich got richer, and with all this money, Henry Graves, Jr, did rich guy things: Buying European art, building big houses, etc. One of his things was commissioning fancy watches from exclusive makers — like this pocketwatch from Patek Phillippe. It just sold for $24.4 million dollars, a new world’s record for a watch.

Henry Graves, Jr, was also into shotguns, and for many years he was one of Von Lengerke & Detmold’s (later Abercrombie & Fitch) best customers. Graves preferred the top British makers and the guns he ordered were always the best of the best: Holland & Hollands Modele DeLuxes, pairs of small bore Kell-engraved Purdeys, and his favorites, Boss O/Us. On one day in May of 1922, Graves ordered three of them: A pair of 10 gauges and the 28g  pictured here.

Three of Graves's Boss O/Us, as noted in a page in Abercrombie & Fitch's order books from 1922.

Three of Graves’s Boss O/Us, as noted in a page in V. L & D’s order books from 1922.

The 28g is the Boss O/U pictured here. It popped up on the market in April, 2013. The asking price: $500,000. From what I can see, it’s about as original as they come. In fact, it looks like it was never used. When Graves guns pop up on the market, they’re usually in this kind of condition. So while Graves like ordering doubles, it looks like he like he didn’t use them One thing to note about this 28g: Check out the gold cipher inlaid onto the toplever. It reads H G Jr. Graves had this cipher added to a number of his guns.

I’ve never heard a thing about Graves’s the pair of 10 gauge Boss O/Us ordered on that day in May. If you have them, or if you own any other Graves shotguns, please reach out to me. I would love to learn more about the gun.

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

2 Responses to “World-record Patek watch. The original owner also collected shotguns…”

  1. Jeff Wemmer says:

    This guy had great taste! Forget the 28 ga – we’ve seen plenty of those lately…But, a pair of 10 bore OUs with DTs…Now we’re talking!

    Great post!

    JW

  2. Gregg says:

    I know. I would love to find out where they went. He ordered a bunch of other Bosses, too.

    Gregg

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