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A&S Famars 28ga Jorema SLE Shotgun, 27 1/2 inch Single Trigger O/U
A&S Famars 28ga Jorema SLE Shotgun, 27 1/2 inch Single Trigger O/U

A&S Famars 28ga Jorema SLE 27 1/2 inch Single Trigger O/U:  Straight english stock with a rear single trigger  It has a 15in LOP with a pad  It does have the original leather covered pad  that will take it to 15 1/2 LOP  Beautiful wood   great engraving  Priced great. Price: $19,750

PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SxS – BOXLOCK – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″Piotti 16 gauge BSEE with 29″ barrels. Granetti Engraved in a Special King I Pattern. Highly figured wood. Mint condition. Scalloped action. Hand filed slighly concave rib. Ejectors. Non-auto safety. Leather covered recoil pad. Bores at .670 with chokes at 7/1000 (IC) and 20/1000 (Imp Mod). “BS” proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ.  LOP – 14 7/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″.  Price: $14,500

PIOTTI BSEE - 16 GAUGE - SxS - BOXLOCK - SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN - 29
PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SxS – BOXLOCK – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29
JOHANN SPRINGER- 450 3 1/4" BPE in INCREDIBLE 94% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS
JOHANN SPRINGER- 450 3 1/4″ BPE in INCREDIBLE 94% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS

JOHANN SPRINGER- 450 3 1/4″ BPE SIDE-BY-SIDE BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE  in INCREDIBLE 94% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS#8449, Joh. Springer, Erben In Wien: A superb 450 3 1/4″ BPE Hammerless Toplever Boxlock Extractor Made for the HH Rana Nihal Singh the Maharaja of Dholpur in 1892 and delivered in 1894, 25 3/8″ dovetail extractor damascus barrels with bores like the day it was delivered in 1894, Rib extension crossbolt, 1 standing & 1 folding rear sights, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers with the front articulated, Steel trigger guard tang to the grip cap, No sling eyes, Very nice piece of wood, Steel engraved grip cap, Anson forend release, 14 1/2″ lop over the original 1″ Silvers pad, 8 lbs. 8 oz., 85% coverage of very nice period scroll, 95% original & vivid case colors remain, 90% original browning on the barrels, The original wood finish remains at 95%, The original checkering at 98%, The bores are literally brand new, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The wood is as stout as it was 123 years ago. This friend is one incredible double rifle that remains in unbelievable and incredible condition in a cartridge you can find all kinds of ammo and it is fun to shoot. It has a Gold escutcheon on the stock line with a crown and the very distinct initials ‘NS’ (Nihal Singh). Price: $12,500

JOHANN SPRINGER- 360 2 1/4" BPE in INCREDIBLE 90% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS
JOHANN SPRINGER- 360 2 1/4″ BPE in INCREDIBLE 90% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS

JOHANN SPRINGER- 360 2 1/4″ BPE SxS BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE in INCREDIBLE 90% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS#8451, Joh. Springer, Erben In Wien: A superb 360 2 1/4″ BPE Hammerless Toplever Boxlock Extractor Made for the HH Rana Nihal Singh the Maharaja of Dholpur in 1892 and delivered in 1894, 25″ dovetail extractor damascus barrels with bores like the day it was delivered in 1894, Sideclip action body, Rib extension crossbolt, 1 standing & 1 folding rear sights, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers, Steel trigger guard tang to the grip cap, No sling eyes, Very nice piece of wood, Steel engraved grip cap, Anson forend release, 14 1/2″ lop over the original 1″ Silvers pad, 6 lbs. 12 oz., 85% coverage of very nice period scroll, 95% original & vivid case colors remain, 90% original browning on the barrels, The original wood finish remains at 92%, The original checkering at 96%, On the right side at the head of the stock a small piece of wood was replaced that is very well done and hardly noticeable, The bores are literally brand new, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The wood is as stout as it was 123 years ago. This flat out a neat double rifle at 6 3/4 pounds and it remains in superb condition. We can load the ammo for this piece. Price: $8,900

1973 – BROWNING Superposed – Superlight – 12ga – OU- 27-1/2″ – M/FTapered Vent Rib, English Stock, Schnable Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 6 lbs. 9 oz. Very hard to find Superlight with long barrels! Price: $2475

1973 - BROWNING Superposed - Superlight - 12ga - OU- 27-1/2" - M/F
1973 – BROWNING Superposed – Superlight – 12ga – OU- 27-1/2″ – M/F

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BOSS BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK
BOSS BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK

BOSS BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK#793X 26 1/2″ SELF OPENER 006 AND 010 2 3/4 CHAMBERS SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP  CHECKERED BUTT MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 5LBS 4 OZ X 1 3/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $59,500

WESTLEY RICHARDS SIDELOCK 20- OVERALL 95% ORIG- 26" EJECT Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIG- 98% ENGRAVING- 1965- 5 Lbs. 9 Oz.- ENGLISH STOCK 14 3/4"- CASED
WESTLEY RICHARDS SIDELOCK 20- OVERALL 95% ORIG- 26″ EJECT Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIG- 98% ENGRAVING- 1965- 5 Lbs. 9 Oz.- ENGLISH STOCK 14 3/4″- CASED

WESTLEY RICHARDS SIDELOCK 20- OVERALL 95% ORIG- 26″ EJECT Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIG- 98% ENGRAVING- 1965- 5 Lbs. 9 Oz.- ENGLISH STOCK 14 3/4″- CASED#19134, Westley Richards & Co. Birmingham, England: A Bar Action Hand Detachable Sidelock Ejector 20 Bore Made in 1965, 26″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels proved at 3 1/4 tons and original 2 3/4″ chambers, The bores at .618 .013 & .030″ (Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on both barrels at .034″, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/16″ over a checkered butt, Cast-Off for the right hand, Great game gun weight at 5 lbs. 9 oz., 98% coverage of scroll engraving, Very Nice wood with excellent color and contrast, 98% original case colors, Original barrel black that remains at 95%, Original wood finish that remains at 95% with very light handling marks, The original checkering remains at 99%, The barrels inside and out look like the day they left Westley, The barrel striking is excellent, It is cased in the maker’s leather trunk with all the accessories and the factory trade label. Here is a Sidelock Westley that almost qualifies like new and remains in excellent condition for a piece that has been around 51 years. The new replacement for this exact gun is considerably higher. Nice piece. Price: $26,900

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE BOXLOCK 16GA, 29" NEW
F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE BOXLOCK 16GA, 29″ NEW

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE BOXLOCK 16GA, 29″ NEW: Price  $19,000
Choke  IC
Choke 2  M
Trigger  DT (Double)
Stock  Straight Grip
Forearm  Splinter Forearm
Rib  Smooth Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened Receiver
Engraving Type  Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving
Other Options  Upgraded action shape with Sculptured & scalloped receiver, Checkered butt
Condition  NEW
Weight 6#3oz
Dimensions 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 7/8 with 1/4 cast off

Holland & Holland Double rifle in classic 450 3 1/4"with perfect bores
Holland & Holland Double rifle in classic 450 3 1/4″with perfect bores

Holland & Holland Double rifle in classic 450 3 1/4″with perfect bores:
Serial Number: 11484. I wish we could get more with condition and quality like this one. 26″ bbls, 14 5/8″ LOP, weight 8lbs, 6.5oz. Back action, rebounding locks. This H&H still retains considerable case color and the bores appear as new, bright and fresh. Even the stock finish appears original. It has been our experience these 450 BPE Hollands shoot extremely well both with the nitro for black loads and black powder. Price: $8,600

Ruger Red Label 28 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
Ruger Red Label 28 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

Ruger Red Label 28 Gauge Over Under ShotgunNo marks or dings. Checking is still so sharp that it grabs your fingers when you run them across the checkering. Straight stock with 26 inch barrels and 3 choke tubes. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch. Price: $1,595

Incredible. And incredibly rare: MacNaughton .450 Skeleton-action double rifle…

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

James D. Julia’s Spring, 2016, Firearms Auction kicks off next Monday, 3/14. As usual, there a bunch of impressive doubles in this sale.

Along with a pile of big-bore rifles made for Indian Royalty (check out this 4 bore) and this great looking 12 gauge Lefever Optimus made for President Benjamin Harrison, the sale also include this exceptionally rare MacNaughton .450 BPE hammerless double rifle.

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

James MacNaughton was a gunmaker in Edinburgh, Scotland, and he opened a shop in the city’s center in 1864. In 1879, he patented his ‘Edinburgh Patent Hammerless Ejector’ design, on which this double rifle is based.

With the lockwork mounted on the triggerplate and behind the standing breech, the actions on MacNaughton’s guns were very strong. Because of their strength, they could be adapted to the “Skeleton” design you see here and also used in double rifles, which generate far higher pressures and strain than shotguns.

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

MacNaughton’s hammerless design evolved over time, and I think this rifle is built on one of the earlier, or the earliest, variation. It uses the opening-motion of its extra long toplever to cock the locks. Later ones had regular sized toplevers and cocked on the drop of the barrels (here’s one in 12 gauge).

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLESN 1156. (ca 1885 ?) Cal. .450 BPE. 28″ Dovetailed steel bbls are fitted with full length matted rib with one standing, one folding leaf rear sight. Leaves are unmarked and unnotched. Standing leaf has inset “certifiable antique ivory” sighting triangle. Central portion of rib is swamped and rises at muzzle to ramp holding steel bead.

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

Tops of bbls are engraved “James Mac Naughton” and “26 Hanover Street. Edinburgh.” Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, and bottoms of bbls with SNs. A sling eye is screwed into bottom rib. Bbls are fitted with early bail type extractor system, often used by Purdeys on early breech loaders. Round bodied, trigger plate action has wood which extends over bar in a style favored by MacNaughton, in which they referred to as their “Skeleton” action. This trigger plate action was the first (1879) of the famous “round” actions of Edinburgh. This basic design was used by John Dickson beginning in 1880 with resultant lawsuit over the concept. The action on this rifle is patent use no. “66”, and incorporates early long top lever which also cocks hammers. Central area is milled away to access action pin and view hammers through glass window as cocking indicators. Action also features MacNaughton’s toggling safety, pivoting third fastener, and dbl triggers. Large trigger plate has tail which extends to grip cap. Trigger guard is attached to trigger plate at front and back. Metal parts are engraved with near full coverage well cut scroll with Celtic knotwork borders. Top of action is engraved “MACNAUGHTON EDINBURGH”. Finely fiddle figured and lightly streaked, dense, European walnut horn capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered horn buttplate, and features slim shadow line right hand cheekpiece, and flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders. A gold oval on toe line is engraved with wild boar in sling held by cleft in oak tree all over motto “Lock Sicker” (Keep Securely) This is the Douglas family crest – either Kinglassie or Sir Arthur Percy Baronet of Carr. This crest plate is behind sling eye engraved with star. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″.

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

PROVENANCE: Email stating that Dickson records indicate that a rifle with this SN was sold Aug 1895 to Sir A. M. MacKenzie (3rd Baronet), and “A relatively small amount of MacNaughton round actions were made about 400 in total. Of these, a mere handful were dbl rifles around 4 or 5.” (This rifle is most likely from an earlier period, and different SN series. Published records began with SN 110 in 1894. Info on Sir Arthur Percy Douglas and Banglapedia info on Sir Alexander MacKenzie (Not Alexander Muir MacKenzie).

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

CONDITION: Excellent, original, as found. Bbls retain 80 – 90% orig blue thinning overall, silvering on sides of rear portion from normal hand wear, with some attendant minor scratches and marks. Action retains 70 – 80% orig light case hardening color. Top lever retain most of its orig fire blue, as does cocking window housing. Stocks retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig hand rubbed oil finish, with some fairly deep scratches on the right side of butt, and some minor marks and scratches scattered overall, checkering lightly worn. Bores are very fine, shiny with sharp rifling throughout. There is some pitting toward breech end of right bbl, and a few other scattered light pits. Action has a hint of looseness with forend removed, feels tight with forend installed. Bbls are slightly off face. A wonderful Scottish deer stalking rifle. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000

Auction alert: Great H&H Royal hammerless double rifle …

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE

The Holland & Holland Royal is one of the most iconic doubles every made. Introduced in 1885, the Royal’s design was based on a 1883 patent filed by Henry Holland and John Robertson. Throughout the 1880s, the Royal’s look & design was tweaked and refined until it evolved into the kind of gun we see here.

This Royal, coming up in James D. Julia’s Fall sale, was finished in 1894. At that time, the shooting world was transitioning from black powders to smokeless powders, and rifle makers were starting to introduced new “nitro express” loads to replace their black-powder express (BPE) cartridges.

The .450 BPE  3 1/4″ was one of the most popular cartridges of the black-powder era, and today it’s still a great round for anything you can hunt in North America. Because the 450BPE generates far less energy than the .450 Nitro Express, guns made for .450 BPE tend to be on the light side for double rifles. They ‘re also tend to be much more comfortable to shoot.

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASESN 17818. Cal. 450 BPE. 28″ Dovetailed bbls are fitted with full length file cut rib, central portion swamped, and not file cut, forming long, low ramp for white bead front sight. Rear portion of rib is fitted with one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland. 98. New Bond Street, London.” and “Winners of All the “Field” Rifle Trials, London.” Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 450 express. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. H&H Royal sidelock action with top tang extending over comb, features automatic safety with “SAFE and BOLTED” inlaid in gold. Action also has gold band tumbler end cocking indicators and dbl triggers. Action is engraved in early Holland “Royal” style with near full coverage well cut, varying sized, shaded scroll, surrounding “Holland & Holland” within broad scroll bordered device on front portion of each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “Charge 4 Drams” “Case 3-1/4 Inches”. Fences are engraved with exceptionally fine scallop shell central motifs, flanked by scroll and floral highlights. Trigger guard with scroll on bow has SN at grip, which extends to engraved steel cap. Lovely fiddle figured and lightly marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Stock is finished in classic H&H style with drop points, and point pattern checkering at grip, with mullered borders and inward curving rear line. A gold oval on toe line is engraved “W. H. C. Ll” “FROM R. W. & H. A. Ll.” “Nov 1st, 1904″. Matching splinter forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 2-13/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 8 lbs 7 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. What appears to be orig makers leather case with brass corners is embossed “Walter Lloyd” (matching engraving on gold oval on toe line) on top. Case is lined in royal blue cloth, and has large paper H&H label in lid, along with instruction label. The maker’s have kindly confirmed that the rifle was finished in 1894, and that in 1904 was sold 2nd hand to R. W. Llewelyn.

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE

CONDITION: Very fine, original, as found. Bbls retain approx 60% orig blue, thinning overall, with some minor flecking. Action retains 50 – 60% orig case hardening color, strong where protected. Locks retain 60 – 70% orig color, right lock somewhat stronger. Top lever retains 80 – 90% of its orig blue, silvered on thumbpiece. Trigger guard retains perhaps 30% of its blue on bow, grip completely silvered. All engraving remains sharp and clear, no noted pitting. Stocks retain most of their fine orig hand rubbed oil finish, with some light marks and scratches, checkering lightly worn. Bores are excellent with bright sharp rifling throughout. A bit of looseness can be felt in action with forend removed, feels tight with forend in place. Bbls are very slightly off face. Case leather is darkening and has many light marks and scuffs. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is fine, with a bit of insect damage, and some blocks and partitions loose, with the butt block replaced and lined in green cloth. An exceptionally fine, elegant and rare, early top-lever Holland Royal rifle in a caliber suitable for almost any game with proper loads and bullets. Estimate: $27,500-$37,500

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE

I have not idea what this is…

RARE BIRMINGHAM BREAK UNDER HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE 450 BPE
RARE BIRMINGHAM BREAK UNDER HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE 450 BPE

I’ve seen lots of doubles, from boxlocks and sidelocks, shotguns and rifles, there aren’t a lot of designs I’ve haven’t come across. But I have to say that this double rifle is new to me.

Other than British & cool, I have no idea what itis. It’s 100% new to me. If you know more about it.

 

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