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28 gauge Boss O/U & SxS, all original, new condition

28 gauge Boss O/U & SxS, all original, new condition. Coming to auction at James D. Julia’s March 2014 sale.

Two of the world’s finest doubles? The ultimate shotguns for quail hunting? A collector’s dream? Yes, certainly, and absolutely.

What you see here is an amazing set of double barrel shotguns: A 28 gauge Boss side-by-side and a 28 gauge Boss over-under, both ordered after WW2, never used, and stored away in their original case ever since.

These Bosses were ordered on March 18th, 1955, by an American visiting Boss & Co’s Albemarle Street shop in London. They’ve been in the same family since day one, and they’re consecutively serial numbered, 200% original, and in in mint condition.

James D. Julia will be auctioning them off in their March 2014 sale. Boss has made very few 28 gauge shotguns – around 25 side-by-sides and 20 over-unders to date. A brace like this is unheard of and probably one of a kind.

Boss & Co is famous for being one of the world’s finest gunmakers, and when you see these doubles you’ll understand why. Simply stunning is the best way to describe them.

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28" bbls

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28″ bbls

Here’s a double you rarely see. It’s a sxs 20ga Beretta 626 Onyx, and it’s up for auction now, with the listing ending tomorrow, 12/24/2013, @ 6:22:43 PM ET.

From the info I’ve found, it looks like Beretta offered 20 gauge 626s from 1985-1987. I can’t imagine the company made many of them.

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28″ bbls:  These guns are rare to begin with and the 28″ barrels are ultra rare. This gun is in excellent shape with only safe marks. This gun may possibly have one box of shells through it and locks up as new. It has 28″ barrels with factory interchangeable chokes. Cylinder/IC are included. It has ejectors and sst. Barrels and receiver have the factory matte finish so you do not have to worry about the blueing rusting. Center bead installed. LOP is 14 1/2 to the factory Beretta Recoil Pad. DAC is 1 1/2 and DAH is 2 3/8 and the stock is neutral.

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28" bbls

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28″ bbls

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28" bbls

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28″ bbls

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32" bbls

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls

A big gun, a small price – that this Neumann double barrel shotgun. This SxS was made in Belgium in the ’50s, and its a well-made shotgun. If you’re looking to push a lot of lead, it will do the trick.

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls: Very good condition overall with normal handling marks. Manufactured in Belgium by Neumann & Co. for Silver & Co. of San Francisco. Price: $1,099.99

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32" bbls

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls

Caliber: 10 Gauge
Chambers: 3 1/2
Metal: Very Good
Wood: Very Good
Bore: Very Good
Barrels: 32″ with Tapered Concave Rib
Triggers: Double Triggers with Ejectors
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip Style Butt Stock
Stock Dimensions: DAC: 1 3/8″, DAH: 2 1/8″, Cast off: 1/8″, LOP: 14 3/8
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi-Beavertail Style
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Ventilated Recoil Pad
Weight: 10 lbs. 10 ozs.
Sights: Two Beads
Chokes: Fixed: Light Full & Light Full, .030″ of constriction
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Here’s another addition to the Gallery of Great Guns. This double-barrel, side-by-side shotgun was auctioned off by James D. Julia Auctions in the spring of 2012.

RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB. SN 13223. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Barrels with raised, ventilated rib, match specifications in factory letter with Bradley red bead front sight and Winchester white metal middle sight. Bbl flats are stamped with “16 Gauge”, SN, patent information, and “2-3/4 Cham”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Winchester Proof Steel” “WS-1″ and “WS-2″. Standard blued action is fitted with single selective trigger.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Action and bbls are engraved with classic pre-war number 5 engraving, as most certainly executed by Alden George Ulrich, with about 50% coverage of flowing scrollwork framing vignettes of dogs and game. Setter with bird in mouth is on bottom of action; pheasant on left; grouse on right side; rare vignette of pointer is on trigger guard bow. Nicely crotch figured American walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over factory leather-faced open-sided red pad, with deluxe checkering pattern, checkered sidepanels and vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching beavertail forend has SN on iron, and rib between bbl channels. Bore diameter: left-.664, right -.667. Bore restrictions: left -.005, right -.002. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14″.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

PROVENANCE: Cody Firearms Museum letter with specs along with build receipts and final inspection reports showing this gun made for P. A. Roper and dated 6/13/40.

CONDITION: Extremely fine. All specifications matching those on orig factory build information, and nearly all orig finish is remaining, with only a few minor marks on bbls. Sharp edges of action are silvering, blue on bottom beginning to thin slightly. Trigger guard is graying on edges and grip. Stock retains nearly all its orig finish beginning to rub through on flutes and top of comb, with a few minor marks. Checkering is only slightly worn. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors in time. Trigger works. A truly fine investment quality Winchester M21 sporting classic. SOLD FOR $34, 500

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

A Sprocker Spaniel, from SprockerSpaniel.co.uk

A Sprocker Spaniel, from SprockerSpaniel.co.uk

Here’s a dog I haven’t heard of before: The Sprocker. It’s a cross between a Springer Spaniel and a Cocker Spaniel.

According to SprockerSpaniel.co.uk, Sprockers have been around for over 2o years, and there are between 5,000 – 10,000 of them in the UK, making one of the most popular spaniel breeds there.

Other than color variations, I’m not sure what advantages a Sprocker offers, and I don’t understand what niche they fill in the gundog world. Is it a leggy, rangier Cocker? A stockier, close-hunting Springer? If you have one, please let me know. I would love to learn more.

A Sprocker Spaniel, from SprockerSpaniel.co.uk

A Sprocker Spaniel, from SprockerSpaniel.co.uk

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

I have a fondness for older, European O/Us, especially for ones like you see below. The doubles have everything you need — 28″ bbls, decent dimensions — and they appear to be beautifully made and in good original condition.

One thing: I would double-check the chambers on the 12 gauge. They may have come from the factory or 3″, or someone may have bored them out. Buyer beware.

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F: Round knob pistol grip, single trigger, serrated horn butt plate, cocking indicators, solid rib, automatic ejectors, late 1920’s manufacture, scalloped and rebated receiver, imported by A.F. Stoeger, completely original untouched gun, highest quality between the wars workmanship, an extremely small-action tiny gun. 14” x 1 5/8” x 2 ½”. 5lbs. 11oz. Price: $13,995

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28" bbls

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls: Beautifully engraved case hardened receiver shows minimal signs of wear and use. The barrels are 28″ long and choked full and full. The barrel has a ventilated rib with a matte finish and a silver bead. The barrels have a blued finish with a few small scratches, and wear around the muzzle. The European Walnut buttstock and forearm are finely hand checkered, and have a few minor scratches from regular use. The buttpad is fitted with a Pachmayr Decelerator buttpad. Price: $3,799.99

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28" bbls

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal: Very Good
Wood: Very Good
Bore: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: European Walnut
Fore End: European Walnut
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator
Weight: 7 lb 2 oz
Sights: Silver Bead
Chokes: F/F
James MacNaughton & Son, Gun & Rifle Makers, Edinburh, Scotland

James MacNaughton & Son, Gun & Rifle Makers, Edinburh, Scotland

I often think of Birmingham and London as the centers of the UK’s double-barrel shotgun trade. Of course, both cities did make significant contributions to the history of gunmaking, but Edinburgh also played a important role.

James MacNaughton opened a shop in Edinburgh in 1864 and in 1879 he patented his triggerplate-action ‘Edinburgh Patent Hammerless Ejector’ — the world’s first “round action” design. You can read  a bit more about him on this blog post from Castle Gunmakers: James MacNaughton’s “Edinburgh” Gun – the best ever?

JAMES MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE

JAMES MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE

MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE: DISTINCTIVE, ELEGANT & RARE, #2430, James MacNaughton & Sons, 36 Hanover Street, Edinburgh: A Distinctive, Elegant & Rare Hammerless Round Action Trigger Plate Double Rifle in .303 British Nitro Made in 1905 with 26″ Ejector barrels, The safety is a turning lever on the top strap, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 1 folding rear sights, The 1/4 rib and front ramp in the pure MacNaughton round action style with split barrels from the rib to the front sight, Nitro Proved, Double triggers, No cheekpiece, Ideal for the right or left hand, No sling eyes, 14 5/8″ LOP over the original checkered butt, The proper and correct 303 weight of 8 lbs. 1 oz., 90% coverage of very nice period scroll and border engraving, Nice wood that remains stout with a lifetime of use left in both the butt and forend.

JAMES MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE

JAMES MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE

I feel this gun is totally original with the barrel blue still at 95%, it still has 40% original case colors and it remains super solid in every respect. Then to top all that off, the bores are excellent plus and look like new, if they were a 10 when it was new they now remain at a 9. A very solid double rifle that has a bunch of its mechanical life left in it. It has a spare set of 20 Bore 28″ ejector barrels that were fit to this gun by B.S.A. without any alteration to the original gun. They appear to have been fitted after 1925 based on the proof marks. The whole is cased in the original canvas trunk after the 20 Bore barrels were added and fits the two barrels. It has a very neat original MacNaughton trade label with the 36 Hanover address and not the former 26 Hanover address. It was possibly made for Mr. K. R. McAdams from Fredericton, New Brunswick as the trade label is marked accordingly.

JAMES MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE

JAMES MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE

This is special stuff from one of the most famous Edinburgh Gunmakers of the 19th century. James MacNaughton was the patentee of the first round action similar to Dickson’s own later design. His round action trigger plate lockwork was patent #2848 of 1879 which included a falling block as well as this SxS. This patent is certainly the forerunner of all the round actions that are still made to this day. The MacNaughton ejector system is patent 37759 of 1890. This classic MacNaughton system also carried a U. S. patent #264,723 of 1882. The firm became James MacNaughton & Sons at 36 Hanover in 1905, the address of this gun and remained there until 1940. Price: $31,000.00

JAMES MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE

JAMES MacNAUGHTON 303 NITRO ROUND ACTION TRIGGERPLATE DOUBLE RIFLE

Here’s something I would love to try.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

Is this the finest Purdey bar-in-wood side-by-side hammergun in America? The seller thinks so, and he might be right.

Many people who collect vintage doubles think Purdey’s bar-in-wood hammerguns are the most elegant side-by-sides ever made. I don’t know about the “most” elegant — I prefer lift-up models by William Powell & Son – but Purdey’s bar-in-woods are right at the top.

The one you see here is #11090, and it was made in 1881, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. Purdey built their first centerfire shotgun in 1865, and by 1868 (gun #7744), or maybe even earlier, they were making centerfires with bar-in-wood style locks & actions.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

Many other makers made them, too, including Westley Richards, William Powell & Son, Stephen Grant, Army & Navy. A few companiess even built them with hammerless actions, including Purdey and Edinburgh’s McNaughton.

Here’s more about #11090 from the seller:

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: You are looking at the best documented and best preserved 12 bore Purdey Bar in Wood Hammer shotgun available. Built in 1881, This gun is featured in the premier book on Purdey’s by Donald Dallas published in 2000 with three photos and a copy of the “Dimension Book” page with all specifications for Purdey # 11090 ( see photos ). It is almost unbelievable that the gun and the original case is in the pristine condition as found after 133 years.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

This Purdey was made for Paul Fitter and his initials are still in the silver oval in buttstock and on the outside of case. The gun remains in perfect shooting condition and I have used it quite well in Vintage Sporting Clays events with lite Winchester AA target loads. The Damascus barrels are perfect…30″ with original CYL / F chokes, 2 5/8″ chambers , Bores are .735, hidden third bite, and not a rub, scratch or dent to be found. The action is tight as new and at 6lbs 15 oz. the gun balances beautifully.

The dimensions are shown on the work sheet and remain as is. The wood has been freshened a bit to remove old oil, etc. and the original horn buttplate is in excellent condition. The original case colors are strong and the fine Purdey rose and scroll engraving is vivid.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

I am interested in finding a collector / Vintage shooter who is willing to continue to preserve this fantastic piece of Purdey’s history. You will not find a better example anywhere in the U.S.A. Price: POR

Montrose Auctions in Montrose, GA, has a handful of nice shotguns coming up tomorrow, Saturday, 12/14,  @ 10:00 AM Eastern. Here are a few that caught my eye:

AYA 12g SxS Shotgun

AYA 12g SxS Shotgun

AYA SxS shotgun 12ga: Serial # 392041 Made in Spain for Sears Roebuck and Co. Excellent overall condition, LOP 14 5/8. 27 1/2″ bbls.

Crescent Quail SxS shotgun .410:  Serial # 14766 Very good overall condition, with bright case coloring remaining on receiver, with extractor. LOP 14 1/4. 26″ bbls.

Cresent Quail SxS shotgun .410

Crescent Quail SxS shotgun .410

16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS Shotgun

16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS Shotgun

AH Fox Sterlingworth SxS shotgun 16ga: Serial # 367017 Very good overall condition with vivid case coloring remaining in protected areas, slightly thinning blue to barrels, crisp tight action, with extractor, LOP 14 1/8 to Pad.

Ithaca 1 1/2 Grade SxS shotgun 28ga: Serial # 265223 Factory letter confirms configuration, Ordered on June 15, 1915 and shipped on October 26th, 1915, excellent overall condition, 24″ bbls, confirmed in Walt Snyder letter.

Ithaca 1 1/2 Grade SxS shotgun 28ga

Ithaca 1 1/2 Grade SxS shotgun 28ga

LC Smith Field SxS shotgun .410

LC Smith Field SxS shotgun .410

LC Smith Field SxS shotgun .410: Serial # S55994 Very good to excellent condition, showing limited use, much of case coloring remains on side plates, with extractor, double trigger, LOP 14 1/8. 26″ bbls.

Parker Bros DHE SxS shotgun 12ga: Serial # 211797, 26″ bbls

Parker Bros DHE SxS shotgun 12ga: Serial # 211797

Parker Bros DHE SxS shotgun 12ga: Serial # 211797

Also, Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions has these two nice shell cases  coming up in their Saturday, December 14, 2013:

Two Pre-War English Leather Over Wood Shotgun Shell Cases

Two Pre-War English Leather Over Wood Shotgun Shell Cases

Two Pre-War English Leather Over Wood Shotgun Shell Cases: One marked ”Abercrombie & Fitch, New York, Made in England”, with the initials ”E.A.B.III”; the second is similar with a label-maker tag marked ”E.A. Bryant”. Both are in very good condition showing some field use, both with replacement handles. Brass bound corners with scuffs and toning. Ammo included. Estimate: $200-$400

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