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FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

Ready for another test? A couple weeks ago I posted this pair of Purdeys for everyone to assess. Now lets see what you think about this Purdey. What do you say – original or redone?

This Purdey is from 1893. The engraving on it is fantastic. It was probably cut by James Lucas. From 1855 to 1915, Lucas was Purdey’s head engraver, and he helped to develop the fine, tight scroll work that became the “rose & scroll” engraving pattern best-quality British doubles are know for.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

When I think of Ithaca, the shotguns that come to mind are SxSs like the Flues, NIDs, and the Magnum 10s, as well as the company’s fantastic Model 37 pump (in 16 gauge, of course).

The last shotgun I think of the one you see here: a  boxlock-style hammergun in 16 gauge with damascus barrels. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auctions ends on 2/14/2015 @ 6:49:38 PM ET.

Ithaca made hammerguns from about 1886-1913. It made a lot of them, too — around 46,00 in all. These shotguns went through a number of refinements over their 27-year run, and the model you see here is the Ithaca hammergun in its final stage. As you can see, it’s sort of a boxlock with external hammers – an odd but effective design. Ithaca made hammerguns in a number of grades. This is a B – a low-mid grade -and it appears to be in excellent original condition. I love the crisp finish on the wood and those long damascus barrels.

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION: 30 INCH DAMASCUS BBLS WITH EXCELLENT BORES WITH FULL AND FULL CHOKES. LOP IS 14 AND DAH IS 2-1/2 INCHES. WITH 2-1/2 INCH CHAMBERS.WEIGHT IS 6 LBS 10 OZS. GREAT WOOD WITH FEW HANDLING MARKS AND NICE PATINA ON THE BBLS. GUN IN UNTOUCHED ORIGINAL CONDITION. SHE WAS BUILT IN 1912.

 

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

Here’s another nice American SxS you don’t want to miss. This one is an A.H. Fox BE. It’s on Gunrunner.com now and the online auction ends tomorrow, 02/13/15, @ 19:20:00 EST. This B-grade features Fox’s earlier engraving pattern. Later Bs look more like this one here.

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun: Serial #12537, mfg. 1909 in Philadelphia, PA. Very good condition! Very desirable Ashley H. Fox double with 30″ solid rib Krupp steel barrels! Bright bores. Tight lock-up. A real gentleman’s gun with double triggers and ejectors (they work great and flung the empties across the room!). 90% blue on the barrels with some fading and light field marks. All matching iron. Stock is very nice with great waves and burl. Hard buttplate. Receiver is gray with only a little faded case-color in protected areas and top of frame. Nicely engraved with quail and snipe on either side of the receiver and light scroll. Marked “Krupp Fluid Steel” on barrel top with “A.H. Fox Gun Co., Phil., PA”. Splinter forearm. Round knob stock with nice fine-line checkering – some slight smoothness as expected. Brass front bead. An American Classic – nice shooting dimensions – light weight – beautifully balanced. Includes a vintage softcase, and cleaning kit. Great find!

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

A. H. Fox Grade BE, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

Here’s a great looking American double that’s very hard to find. It’s an L.C. Smith No. 5, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. Best of all, it’s on  Gunbroker.com now at no reserve. The listing ends Thursday, 2/12/2015, @ 5:30:45 PM ET – so if you like what you see, you’ve got to move right away.

The No. 5 was L.C. Smith upper middle grade gun, comparable in cost to a Parker DHE or CHE (even though the L.C. has much finer engraving). Hunter Arms built them from 1894-1912, and in all, they made just 523. Every one was made to order, so engraving patterns vary a bit by shotgun.

From the L.C. Smith collector’s website:

“Our No. 5 Smith Gun meets the views of the patron who is in need of a gun handsomely finished and elaborately engraved. We embody in this gun much of beauty. This grade has always stood well ahead”

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare: 12 gauge, 30″ bbls I have a 1903 Elsie number 5 that has been in the gun safe for years and is now time for some else to enjoy her! This gun is matching numbers, original number 5. The silver receiver is in excellent if not perfect condition, the butt stock has a couple minor scratches with no cracks top or bottom which is rare for this gun. The fore stock is in excellent condition and locks the gun up tight and allows for the ejectors to work. The Damascus Barrels very bright and shiny and are in great shape with a small repairable rap about 1/4″ round located 6 inches from the end of the left barrel.

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun

Here’s a nice little double that’s coming to auction this Wednesday, 2/10, at Montrose Auctions in Montrose, GA. These little Ruger Red Label 28 gauges are one of the best bird guns ever made in America. If you’re looking for a great grouse & woodcock gun, you should check it out.

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge Over Under Shotgun:  Serial # 420-07048 Excellent overall condition, LOP 14 1/4″, screw in choke. Barrel 26″ Modern.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun

Cogswell & Harrison Hammergun, 30" Damascus barrels

Cogswell & Harrison Hammergun, 30″ Damascus barrels

Cogswell & Harrison Hammergun, 30″ Damascus barrels: 2-1/2″ chambers.  Bar action sidelock completely engraved in fine foliate scroll,.  Percussion fences.  The hammers, of substantial size, add to the impressive style of this circa 1880s gamegun. Splinter forend with swing lever release, straight hand stock with high, modern dimensions (1-1/2″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/2″ LOP) should be just the ticket for rising birds.  The Damascus pattern of rich deep brown color and contrast are at about 100% finish.  The action retains a wonderful glow of patina and case colors.  Beautifully figured French walnut, a fabulous example in the original canvas case.  Weighs 6lbs, 14 oz.  Perfect for your vintage events! Price: $5,500

MERKEL OVER UNDER, 12GA, 271/2″: BUILT 1943, CHOKES ,010 & ,012, THREE PIECE FOREARM, CHECKERED BUTT, DOUBLE TRIGGER, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/8″ X 14 3/8″, BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE PIECE IN THE GREATEST CONDITION.

MERKEL OVER UNDER, 12GA, 271/2": BUILT 1943

MERKEL OVER UNDER, 12GA, 271/2″: BUILT 1943

CSMC RBL LAUNCH EDITION SxS 20GA SHOTGUN: 28″ barrels w/ 5 screw chokes. Self opener. 15 1/4″ LOP leather covered pad. Double triggers, automatic ejectors. 98-99% in original luggage case with accessories. Price: $3,050

CSMC RBL LAUNCH EDITION SxS 20GA SHOTGUN

CSMC RBL LAUNCH EDITION SxS 20GA SHOTGUN

Beretta Model 471 Silver Hawk 20 Ga.

Beretta Model 471 Silver Hawk 20 Ga.

Beretta Model 471 Silver Hawk 20 Ga: 28″ bbls, 3″ chambers, IC/IM ejectors, 14 1/2″ LOP, 6 lbs. 4 oz. Double triggers. This elegant side-by-side 20 Gauge has a richly blued, concave rib barrel set paired with a case colored receiver and a checkered walnut stock set. The trigger guard, forend iron and release, top snap, and bottom tang are also case colored. The lever is far right of center. It is fitted with ejectors. It has a traditional double trigger group with an articulated front. The English-style straight stock ends in a wooden buttplate bearing the Beretta Trident logo. It comes with the maker’s hard case. Price: $2,799.99

Thomas Johnson 12b Hammer Gun

Thomas Johnson 12b Hammer Gun

Thomas Johnson 12b Hammer Gun: A really nice 12bore hammer gun by a provincial maker. Back action locks. 60% coverage crisp scroll engraving Gun is in excellent condition with 28″ lovely patterened damascus barrels with near perfect bores and nitro proofed. Tight and on face. Choked cyl/cyl. LOP=14 3/8 to a horn butt. DAC=1 1/2 DAH=2 1/4 Weight = 6lbs 5oz Min wall R=.026 11″ from muzzle L = .026 10″ from muzzle. Nicely patterned butt stock wood. Price: $2150

 

The 2015 Ames Plantation National Championships starts next week. As a teaser, here’s a video of the event from 2010. The dog work is fantastic and worth checking out.

2010 National Championship Video

2010 National Championship Video

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

Even though Miroku is one of the world’s oldest and largest gunmakers, we don’t hear much about them here in the States. For years, they’ve made side-by-sides and O/Us for other companies, including Charles Daly and Browning. At the same time, Miroku was also making shotguns under their own name. The double you see here is one of those guns. This looks like a Japanese version of a Webley & Scott M700 — and a heck of deal.

BC Miroku Model M SXS 12 Gauge 2 3/4″: BC Miroku side by side double shotgun. Very Good condition with minimal wear on the stock and barrel. Color case hardening is 80-85% as seen in the photos. Barrels are smooth and bright with some very light marks on the outside finish. Action locks up tight as a tick. Price: $650

-English Stock
-Double Triggers
-Caliper measures end of barrel diameters at .680 for left and .710 for right. Patterning it seems to be true full and modified.
-Miroku plastic butt plate
-Splinter forearm

A very clean, straight shooting gun.

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

Timex watches were famous for being able to “take a licking and keep on ticking.” Merkels have the same kind of reputation. While they’re not the sleekest doubles out there, you can stand up to tens-of-thousands of rounds without a hitch.

This one is up for auction now on Gunbroker.com. I love the color-case hardening on it and leather pad on the end of it is a nice touch. This would be a perfect travel gun for everything from grouse in Maine to pheasants in the Dakota. And because it’s a Merkel, you can rely to function flawlessly and get the job done wherever you take it. The listing ends tomorrow, 2/2/2015, @ 10:00:00 PM ET — so get in your bids now.

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge: Up for auction is an excellent little Merkel 47E 20 gauge with factory upgrade single selective trigger. This gun is an earlier generation as evidenced by the cocking indicators, intercepting sears and nicer engraving. The gun has desirable 28” barrels with both bores measuring .628” & chokes @ IC/M, .009R, .016L. The reinforced, super strong, reinforced “Color Hardened” action has “Purdey” style double underbites, a “Greener Crossbolt” style third fastener with side clips & disc set strikers. The nicely figured European walnut pistol grip stock measures 14 7/8” over a beautiful #6 custom leather pad by David Yale of Delta, CO. (450.00 upgrade). Checkering is razor sharp with no flaws. Drop is just over 2 1/8”, comb 1 ½” with about ¼” cast for a RH shooter.

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

Condition is excellent with just minor dings on the furniture and a few light spots in the coloring on the action. No serious wood or metal problems! All in all this is really nice, lightly used little Dove / Quail gun weighing in at 6 lbs. 6 oz. I’ve owned a lot of Merkels over the years and what is lacking in style, is more than make up in handling, “uber” strength and durability! In fact I have a pair of 147SLs that I regularly use in Argentina – they’re that tough! These guns are one of the best values in box lock smallbores today. Email with any questions & I’m always open to trades!

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge

Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge

Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge: With 27″ smooth game rib barrels choked IC&M . Straight grip stock of outstanding light walnut with vivid black streaking in both sides. Matching splinter forend. LOP 14 1/2 over checkered butt. Beautiful and very fine full coverage english scroll engraving signed by master engraver Goldani. Gun is in 98% condition and is cased in it’s original trunk case. Price: $15,995

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE: This is a original, mechanically sound double rifle, with Jones underlever chambered for the .450 3 1/4″ BPE.  It has a 27 3/4″ barrels with full length file cut rib and three rear sight leaves, one fixed at 100,and two folding at 200 and 300 yards.  The Henry

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

rifling in both barrels is very good with a teeny bit of pitting in each. There is very generous engraving on the action and lock plates and it is sharp with some color remaining in protected areas. The fore end has a lever style release and across the steel butt plate is written, “charge 120 grains”.  The length of pull is 14 5/8″ and it tips the scales at a fraction under 9lbs.  The only known defects are a 1/2″ crack in the heal of the stock just in front of the widow’s peak of the buttplate and a one inch sliver missing from the fore end, both of which are pictured and why I’m not asking $7500.  The stock has what I believe to be original finish, the checkering is very good, with handling marks comensurate to a rifle this old.  Overall, a very nice example of a fine Scottish double rifle. Price: $6,850

Merkel 447SL – Side Lock Ejector – 16ga, 28″, M/F, Raised Solid Rib, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm: Price: $5,500.

http://www.gunsinternational.com/Merkel-447-SL-16ga-28-English-Stock-Double-Triggers-Side-Lock-Ejector. Merkel - - 447 SL - 16ga - 28" - English Stock, Double Triggers - Side Lock Ejector cfm?gun_id=100524833

Merkel – – 447 SL – 16ga – 28″ – English Stock, Double Triggers – Side Lock Ejector

1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun

1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun

1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun: Very nice 1903 year manufacture L.C. Smith with chain damascus 30″ barrels. Faint case color. Original factory engraving with grade 3 oval on each sideplate. All original with factory straight stock. Solid gun in very good condition. Lever is in center position. Price: $2250

 

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun:Price: $1,849.98

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun

Manufacturer: SN: 86XXX
Caliber: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very good
Wood Condition: Very good with few handling marks
Bore Condition: Clean and bright
Barrels: 28″ vent rib
Triggers: Single
Stock: Checkered hardwood
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14 5/8
Fore End: Checkered hardwood with schnabel
Butt Pad: Rizzini ribbed wooden plate
Weight: 5 lbs., 8 oz.
Sights: Front bead
Chokes: Screw in tubes
Extras: Comes with 3 extra choke tubes, tube wrench, hard case and manual.

 

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