This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

H. Mahillon – SxS, Full Sidelock Ejector, 16ga, 27 ¾” choked Light Mod/Full
H. Mahillon – SxS, Full Sidelock Ejector, 16ga, 27 ¾” choked Light Mod/Full

H. Mahillon – SxS, Full Sidelock Ejector, 16ga, 27 ¾” choked Light Mod/Full: Nicely figured straight grip stock, leather covered pad, splinter forend, double triggers with the front trigger being articulated, automatic ejectors, splinter forend, game rib, full coverage ornamental scroll engraving over a coined finish, gun remains in excellent condition. 6 lbs. 2 oz, 14 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ Price: $9,999

Winchester Model 21 - 16ga - 28” - M/F - Splinter Forend - Pistol Grip - WInchester Red Butt Pad - 14 1/8 X 1 3/8 X 2 7/16 - 6lbs 13ozs
Winchester Model 21 – 16ga – 28” – M/F – Splinter Forend – Pistol Grip – WInchester Red Butt Pad – 14 1/8 X 1 3/8 X 2 7/16 – 6lbs 13ozs

Winchester Model 21 – 16ga – 28” – M/F – Splinter Forend – Pistol Grip – WInchester Red Butt Pad – 14 1/8 X 1 3/8 X 2 7/16 – 6lbs 13ozs: This gun is in fine-fine-fine shape. Nothing to apologize about here… ready for the field.  SN: 11852. Price: $7,995

Ed Kettner 24 gauge boxlock SxS shotgun
Ed Kettner 24 gauge boxlock SxS shotgun

Ed Kettner 24 gauge boxlock SxS shotgunThis is a sweet and trim little double. Kettner made very high-quality doubles. It has just been restocked and looks great. The 24 ga.was the European ga. for European woodcock.  Serial Number: 2686, Barrels: 28 1/4 inches, Action: extractor, Triggers: double, Gauge: 24, Stock: Comb: 1 & 1/2″, Heel: 2 & 3/8″, Cast: 1/4, Fore End: semi BT, Butt Pad: plastic, LOP: 14 & 3/4 inches, Rib: concave, Finish: blued and bright, Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz. Chokes: ic/mod, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: 30 thou., Minimum Wall Thickness Right: 30 thou. Price: $4450

Parker VH 12ga, 1 1/2 frame, SxS Shotgun
Parker VH 12ga, 1 1/2 frame, SxS Shotgun

Parker VH 12ga, 1 1/2 frame, SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 172487 Price: $2,300

.410 - SALVINELLI - AMBERCROMBIE & FITCH - BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR OVER/UNDER - 26" VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED CYLINDER/FULL - 3" CHAMBERS
.410 – SALVINELLI – AMBERCROMBIE & FITCH – BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR OVER/UNDER – 26″ VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED CYLINDER/FULL – 3″ CHAMBERS

.410 – SALVINELLI – AMBERCROMBIE & FITCH – BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR OVER/UNDER – 26″ VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED CYLINDER/FULL – 3″ CHAMBERS: CASE COLORED  ACTION WITH 100% COLORS REMAIN – SEMI PISTOL GRIP SINGLE NON SELECTIVE TRIGGER IN REAR POSITION LOP 13  13/16″  X  1 1/4″  X  1  15/16″ – NEAR NEW CONDITION Price: $1,650.00

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WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO BEST QUALITY O/U 20 GAUGE
WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO BEST QUALITY O/U 20 GAUGE

WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO BEST QUALITY O/U 20 GAUGE28″ SOLID RIB 2 1/2″CHAMBERS  004 AND 009 SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH HEEL AND TOE PLATES EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 5LBS 9 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2 X 14. Price: $33,500

Beautiful Belgium Browning Diana Superlight 12 gauge: 26 1/2″ bbl, 2 3/4″ chambers, im/m, 14 1/4″ LOP, 1976 gun. 100% original, excellent condition, barely fired. M. Dodson engraved, striking wood. There were only a handful of these beautiful Diana superlights made, it is difficult to find one without pad. Trades considered.
Price: $11,750

Beautiful Belgium Browning Diana Superlight 12 gauge
Beautiful Belgium Browning Diana Superlight 12 gauge
Winchester Model 21, DUCK, Factory 2 BBL Set
Winchester Model 21, DUCK, Factory 2 BBL Set

Winchester Model 21, DUCK, Factory 2 BBL Set: Beautiful, Original Condition, Winchester Model 21 DUCK,.  Factory 2 Barrel Set. Matches Cody letter to the “T”. 32″ Full/Full, 30″ Mod/Imp Mod (for those incomers). English, Beavertail, Winchester Factory Pad as per letter. 97+% wood, 98+% bluing, flaking floorplate. Barrels ring like churchbells, Perfect bores, no chips splits cracks of rust. Please note forearm, each side, missing dime sized semicircle above checkered boarder, each side??? Price: $8,999

Parker DHE, 20 Gauge California Duck Gun: 32″ barrels, XFull / XFull. Interesting California provenance, Hanford Duck Club. Matches Parker letter with the exception of a period Silvers pad. This was a wealthy gentlemans Waterfoul hunter, certainly not a museum piece but enough original condition to be left alone. No rust, splits, chips or cracks.  Moderately pitted barrels. .030 minimum barrel wall thickness. This is an extremely stout, long range subgauge shooter.  1 of 128 so configured. 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 13 3/4 .  Unstruck barrel weight 3/13. Price: $8,999

Parker DHE, 20 Gauge, Double Barrel, California Duck Gun
Parker DHE, 20 Gauge, Double Barrel, California Duck Gun
F W Kessler Side-by-Side 24 Gauge Shotgun
F W Kessler Side-by-Side 24 Gauge Shotgun

F W Kessler Side-by-Side 24 Gauge Shotgun — Excellent Condition: Perfect for quail and woodcock or for scooping up some shooting silver at the Vintage Cup or Southern Side-by-Side this rare and beautiful Kessler 24 gauge is a wand. Fiocchi 24 gauge ammo is available and so are reloading components. A little smaller than 20 gauge but with more punch than a 28 this handsome double is a great shooter that you will be proud to own. *** Kessler is a maker of high quality firearms still in business today in Germany. This handsome double trigger boxlock is covered with dense scroll engraving and has a nice patina with vestiges of its original case coloring. The side clips are nicely engraved and add to the sturdiness of the gun as does the Kersten cross-bolt. Gold cocking indicators protrude through the top strap where they are clearly visible to the shooter. Overall weight is 5lb 10oz. *** The 27” non-ejector barrels are topped by a raised solid rib that has been hand cross-hatched. They appear to have been professionally reblued. Bore dimensions for the right barrel are 0.588 bore diameter with a constriction of 0.019 for Improved Modified choke. The left barrel has a bore diameter of 0.589 with a constriction of 0.027 for Full choke. *** It is stocked in a beautiful piece of walnut with straight grip and splinter forearm. The forearm has an ebony tip. The stock has been refinished and the checkering is crisp. Stock dimensions are 14-1/4” over a thin plastic buttplate by 1-3/8” by 2-3/8”. Slightly cast off for the right hand shooter.  Price: $4,795

Aya Custom 10ga 32bls 3.5 chamber 1968 mfg 98+%: 32 inch barrels, full and full, pistol grip with cap,EJECTORS, 14 3/4 lop,BEAVERTAIL DOUBLE TRIGGERS EJECTORS, raised solid rib, Butt plate with AYA logo, 3.5 inch CHAMBERS, mfg in 1968 CUSTOM ORDERED by Amarillo west texas oil man to shoot geese on the playas,which he did once and then put the gun away for the next 46 years. this shotgun is special and shows it and is like new. Price: $2,295

Aya Custom 10ga 32bls 3.5 chamber 1968 mfg 98+%
Aya Custom 10ga 32bls 3.5 chamber 1968 mfg 98+%

Another good gun at Julia’s: 24g Charles Daly Regent Diamond grade

Charles Daly was a businessman, not a gunmaker. Born in 1839, he partnered with August Shoverling around 1875 to import shotguns into the United States. These side-by-sides were marketed under Charles Daly’s name, and up to about WW2, they were some of the finest double-barrel shotguns for sale in the US.

A Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade 24 gauge
A Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade 24 gauge

This little 24 gauge at Julia’s March 2012 auctions shows just how nice a Charles Daly can be.  This is a Diamond Regent, and while this was the highest grade gun Charles Daly offered, some Diamond Regents were fancier than others, like this 16 gauge from the NRA’s Robert Peterson collection.

As for the gauge – 24 – I’ve seen a handful of shotguns made for it. All these guns have been european, and I think most of them were Italian. I’ve heard that 24 gauges are popular in South America for doves and in Europe for smaller upland game. If you buy this Daly, this  Fiocchi 24 gauge ammo is out there and available.

Prussian-made Charles Daly side-by-side shotguns were very expensive back in their day.  Schoverling, Daly & Gales listed the Diamond Regent for $500 in their 1907 catalog. Parker was asking the same price for their just introduced A-1 Special.

Today, Parker A-1 Specials brings much more on the collector’s market. But I don’t think they’re better shotgun. Dalys have always been fantastic doubles, and many people think they’re among the finest boxlocks ever made. I agree with them.

Here’s the complete listing of this gun from Julia’s website:

Lot #1190A: RARE AND DAINTY CHAS DALY REGENT DIAMOND 24 GA SHOTGUN.

SN 1736. Cal. 24 Ga. Wonderful, Prussian, Linder made Daly with factory 24” bbls, 2-3/4″ chambers with tapered, concave, matted ribs and sgl metal bead.“CHARLES DALY REGENT DIAMOND QUALITY” is inlaid in gold with scroll engraving extending about 6-1/2” up the rib. It has a rib extension with dbl bites, selective ejectors & checkered dbl triggers. Dovetail bbls are made of Excelsior steel by Witten and bear the maker’s brand along with the crossed pistols and “HAL” markings indicative of Linder made guns.

Scalloped receiver is stamped “PRUSSIA” on the water table is wonderfully engraved with full coverage flowing deep-relief scrollwork having a small oval vignette of four partridge on left side, two pheasant on right side, the indicative large gold crown is on bottom with two intricate snipe in an oval on trigger bow. Fences are deep relief engraved in flowing acanthus patterns with sculpted rib across radius with side clips.

Receiver also has cocking indicators & maker’s name along the base of the bbl bosses with “SAFE” in gold on top tang. Mounted with superb,honey & chocolate Circassian walnut with ebony tipped Prince of Wales grip with checkered side panels and drop points. Bottom of stock has a small gold oval engraved “H.M.A.”. Matching splinter forend has ebony tip with appended metal engraved to match gun.

Bore diameter: left -.587, right -.589. Bore restrictions: left -.020, right -.003 Wall thickness: left -.025, right -.023. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-3/4″. Weight: 4lbs. 12oz, LOP 13 3/4” over a 1/2″ well-matched stock extension and solid red pad. PROVENANCE: Ex- William Keith Neal Collection (Consignor’s grandfather and noted British antique arms collector).

CONDITION: Very good plus. Bbls retain most of their orig finish with areas of light to moderate pitting towards the muzzles and one or two light handling marks. Action retains most of its vibrant case colors underneath sharp engraving. Wood is sound and retains about all of its orig hand rubbed finish with scattered light dents & dings from normal handling. Recoil pad is slightly flattened and separating from its base at toe. Bore is bright and shiny. Mechanics are crisp, ejectors in time. A diminutive and rare beauty! Schoverling ,Daly & Gales offered this grade(No. 500)at $500 in their 1907 catalog. 4-45629 JWD24 (15,000-20,000)

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