Great guns coming up today at Julias…

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER
FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER: SN 6687. (1893) Cal. .450 BPE. 28″ Fine Damascus bbls with full length file cut rib are engraved “Alexr Henry Edinburgh and London.” and “Maker to Their Royal Highness’ The Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh” on uncut portion of rib in front of one standing, three folding leaf express rear sight. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, SN, and “AH”. Case hardened Jones under lever action is fitted with unusual bar locks (most Henry rifles are fitted with back action locks). Locks have front sliding stalking safeties and round bodied serpentine hammers with dolphins heads and tall spurs. Action is engraved with well cut small intricate scroll. “Alexr Henry” is on each lockplate. Water table stamped with SN and “AH” has lightening cuts. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has SN at grip.

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER
FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER

Intricately marbled and lightly figured European walnut steel trap capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. A thin shadow line beaded cheekpiece is on left side, and point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting release. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. PROVENANCE: Copies of factory ledger pages. Biographical info on Joseph Lister, founder of antiseptic surgery, for whom it appears this rifle was made. Richard Schreiber Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 95% orig brown with excellent definition to pattern. Action and lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on tangs and slightly on beads and fences. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish with a number of light marks, dents, and scratches, a bit dry on butt. Henry rifle bores are excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny throughout, with just a hint of frosting near breech end of left bbl. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. A beautiful Scottish rifle. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000

VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE
VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE

VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE: SN 48880. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Bbls with slightly raised, flat, matted rib mounted with two white beads, are engraved “KRUPP” and “FLUID STEEL” on tops. Krupp markings are also on bottoms of bbls. SN is on bottom left bbl. Typical late action with sideplates covering sears, features Lefever’s automatic safety (S engraved), cocking indicators, adjustable trigger pull, nickel-plated double triggers, and usual Lefever ejector system, ball and socket hinge, and cocking hook. Action and lockplates are engraved in typical “E” style with 30% coverage well cut scroll with geometric borders surrounding oval vignettes of nicely engraved dogs on lockplates; a pointer on left and setter on right. “Lefever” “Arms Co” is engraved on each lockplate. A duck is flushing from marsh on trigger guard bow. SN is at grip. Interesting, well marbled, stump grain European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over old, most likely original, Silver pad, with edges and face cleaned up. Standard point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. A vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has usual steel tip, steel escutcheon at

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE.
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE.

center, and usual friction release. Bore diameter: left -.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (full), right -.040 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 60 – 70% orig blue, with some flecking and silvering on sharp edges. Bottom rib has an old striation/ scratch running from muzzle to 1″ in front of loop. Action retains approx 70% orig case hardening color, silvered from normal hand wear on fences, beads, and around bottom. Lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, right plate a bit less. There is about 20% color on trigger guard bow. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with butt slightly lightened after pad has been cleaned up. Checkering is lightly worn. Bores are very fine, lightly frosted. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. There are a number of short stable cracks behind lockplates. A neat old gun with great dimensions. Estimate: $6,500-$9,500

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE: SN 10120. (Ca 1911)Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Dovetailed steel bbls are engraved “William Evans (From Purdey’s) 63 Pall Mall. St. James’s, London.” on low, concave game rib. Bbl flats are damascened and stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. Case hardened sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), double triggers, bushed strikers, and screw grip dolls head third fastener. Action and lockplates are engraved with bold, large, open, shaded scroll with acanthus highlights, and an attractive floral and scroll device on lockplates. Action beads are well filed and fences engraved with large shaded scroll somewhat deeper in relief than that on action. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has relief SN on short tang. Well figured and lightly streaked, dark European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features drop points, diamond hand, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line.

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE

Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.019 (Mod), right -.011 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.033, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Maker’s leather case with brass corners is embossed “L. C. C.” and “JUNR” on lid, which also has remnants of numerous shipping labels. Interior is lined in scarlet cloth having gold embossed black Evans label on lid. CONDITION: Excellent, as found, retaining an exceptional amount of what appears to be its orig finish on wood and metal under more than a half century’s accumulation of wiped on oil and dust. Bbl blue appears to be smooth, with only a few rubs through. Case colors appear to be vivid, with silvering only on action beads and fences. Oil finish of stock shows slightly raised grain and a number of minor nicks and dents. Checkering is slightly worn and dirty. Bores are bright and shiny with a hint of frosting. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Case leather is dark, crazed, and with considerable amount of top grain lifted. Handle, straps, and retainers are missing. Interior cloth shows considerable insect damage, some mildew. Partitions are tight. Label is excellent. A solid, good handling gun in need of a judicious cleaning. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX
EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX. SN FWS38768. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Bbls with raised, matted, single sighting plane rib, are marked “L.C. SMITH – 16 GA. – Field – FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.” on top of right bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with Hunter proofs, SN, and “FIELD 2 3/4 IN CHAMBER”. Typical case hardened featherweight action features automatic safety and Hunter single selective trigger. “L.C. SMITH” is on each lockplate. Trigger blade, selector, and trigger guard are blued. Relatively plain American walnut capped pistol grip stock measures 14″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Flat top point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. Matching schnabeled beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing bolt and secondary knurled release button in blued oval escutcheon. Drop at heel: 2-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs 8 oz. LOP: 14″. Gun is accompanied by its orig yellow hang tag with

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX
EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX

correct information penciled in. Brown corrugated cardboard shipping box printed “L.C. SMITH GUNS” on both sides, has blue and white Smith shipping label with destination penciled in, along with railway express label with cost of gun and shipping penciled in. Inner packing box with orig waxed wrappings inside is marked “16 Ga Field” on end. CONDITION: Truly exceptional, essentially as new, appears unfired, with a few very light scratches across rib at rear, and a few light marks in buttstock. Finish on grip cap lifted. There are also a few light marks on trigger guard bow. Bores are excellent. Trigger works. Left ejector is “live” and undoubtedly just a bit gummy from disuse. Hang tag is good, considerably creased and soiled, information legible. Box is fine, some tape lifting, labels lightly foxed and soiled. An unusual, investment quality L. C. Smith. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000

Merry Christmas…..

Santa taking a break from his duties
Santa taking a break from his duties

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Dogs & Doubles. Lexi and I hope you having a wonderful day with your loved ones, family and friends.

Here are a couple doubles I wish Santa had left me under the tree. I guess he couldn’t fit them down the chimney – or maybe he decided to keep them for himself

This first one America’s original magnum shotgun – a. Ithaca 3 1/2″ 10 gauge SxS. It’s the perfect double for pass-shooting your Christmas goose – especially from a flying sleigh.

The hammerless Alex Henry double rifle looks fabulous — especially for a SxS that’s 100+ years old. It would be a great deer rifle. Of course, you shouldn’t  mention this to Rudolph, Dancer, and the rest of Santa’s string.

 

Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side:
Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side:

Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side: Serial Number: 500683. In the world of vintage American double big bore shotguns, this gun is a legend.  Only Parker and Ithaca made a true 10ga. magnum, both rarely seen for sale.  Of course, if a Parker comes up it is priced sky high, as they made precious few and Parkers rein King in the way of price.  The Ithaca Mag 10 came about in 1932 when Spencer Olin came up with the cannon sized shotgun shell, the 3 1/2″ magnum 10ga. with 2 ounces or more of shot.  He approached Ithaca and the boys there came up with the 10 1/2lb. Ithaca 10 Mag.

Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side:
Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side:

Ithaca guns are great guns, and eminently more affordable than the Parker.  Total production in all grades of the Ithaca 10 Mag was 887 guns.  Only 156 were made in Grade 2, making this a truly rare gun.  Unaltered and well cared for since it left the factory, this gun, sn500683 made in 1939, is raw power for your long range shooting.  Whether it be geese, turkey, or blocking corn fields for pheasants, the 3 1/2″ 10ga. magnum is the hardest hitting double shotgun allowed in the USA.  Still carrying lots of factory condition, this is a rare, investment grade shotgun that will continue to grow in value as you enjoy its use.  No closet queen, this gun is ready to hunt.  It is not beat up, but has enough wear on it that you will not hesitate to take it afield.  You will not have this opportunity again for a very long time with production numbers so low.  There cannot be 150 Grade 2 Magnums left on the planet, and few as nice and original as this one.  Price: $6,950

Alexander Henry Double Rifle, Edinburgh & London- .360 caliber:
Alexander Henry Double Rifle, Edinburgh & London- .360 caliber

Alexander Henry Double Rifle, Edinburgh & London- .360 caliber: Charge 2 1/4″ Drs, 26” barrels, full sidelock. A finest construction available as it was Built for the Maharaj Rana of Dholpur. This outstanding small frame gun is a double rifle almost in miniature, has virtually 100% of the case color, blue, Damascus finish on the barrels, and wood finish. Leather pad, French fitted case with every conceivable accessory, flip up sights, double trigger, large gold escutcheon in stock with the Maharaj’s stamp, there is no finer gun available in finer condition, one of best guns ever made, superb unaltered condition, the gun is virtually unused. Comes with original Oak and crocodile presentation case and with some correspondence to the NRA. A wonderful item. 6lb. 7oz. 13 7/8” x 1 7/8” x 2 7/8”. Price: $32,500

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ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE
ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE

ALEX HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE 500 BPE: 28″  DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH 3 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT AND PERFECT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR AND MAKERS CASE 8LBS 7 OZ X 14 1/4. Price: $12,500

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE:  30″ BARRELS, FULL & FULL, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, UNTURNED SCREWS, LIGHT CASE COLOR, TYPICAL ENGRAVING WITH GAME BIRDS AND SCROLLWORK.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NICELY FIGURED WOOD, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 5/8″ X 14″, 6 POUNDS 2 OUNCES.  L C SMITH RECORDS, LETTER INCLUDED.  MADE IN 1925, 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.  SCARCE GUN. Price: $5,800

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN: 32″ damascus steel barrels choked full & full. Auto ejector’s, double triggers, and deluxe checkered wood. LOP: 14 3/8″ to a dogs head buttplate. COMB: 1 1/2″ HEEL: 2 1/2″ Weight: 8lbs 6oz. Retaining 97% plus original barrel finish and pattern. The frame showing 95-97% original case colors. Triggerguard bow and tang 97% plus original bright blue. Super wood and checkering. Bores are mint. Price: $4950

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector: 26″ barrels choked modified(.017″) and full(.027″).Semi pistol grip stock,double triggers,ejectors.Imported in the 1930s by V,L,&D.Weighs 6-4.2 3/4″ chambers.Stock dimensions are 143/8″ LOP,1 5/8″ at comb, and 2 3/4″ at heel.Nicely engraved.A fine little upland bird gun. Price: $4,000

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector
Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector

 

 

 

 

 

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge: 28″ barrels,10 choke tubes. English grip, field forend. DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 1/4″ CAST 1/8″ off LOP 14 5-8″ to checkered butt. 6lbs 4oz. Gun is in excellent condition. Price $2,400

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge
B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge

Auction alert: an Alex Henry double rifle, Parkers, Winchester M21 serial #2…..

There a bunch of nice doubles going off this weekend – including the second Winchester Model 21 made. Here are a few other highlights:

Alex Henry .450 Double Rifle at Gunslinger Auctions
Alex Henry .450 Double Rifle at Gunslinger Auctions

Gunslinger Auctions in Covina, CA, has this nice vintage double rifle in their 5/19 sale:

Alex Henry Double Rifle: In .450 with exposed hammers, blueing on barrels is very good, vintage rare peep sight, scross engraving on action.

Amoskeag Auctions in Manchester, NH, has several nice doubles in tomorrow’s sale , including these three:

20 gauge Parker / Winchester Reproduction side-by-side at Amoskeag Auctions
20 gauge Parker / Winchester Reproduction side-by-side at Amoskeag Auctions

Parker Reproduction Model DHE Boxlock Double Ejectorgun: serial #20-02322, 20 ga, 26″ bbls, single trigger, straight grip,  with bright excellent bores. 98% blue… 70% case colors.

Caesar Guerini Model Essex Side Plated Boxlock Over Under Shotgun: serial # 115325, 20 ga, 28” matted solid rib barrels. 99% dark blue showing little if any wear. The coin finished frame is completely embellished with etched fine scroll and bouquet engraving over pin-less side plates and exhibit no real wear.

Parker VH Boxlock Double Shotgun: serial #196053, 12 ga, 28″ bbls with 90% plus original blue. 20% fading case colors turning silver including the triggerguard and top lever. Pistol grip stock and splinter forearm. 14 1/4″ and drops of 1 1/2″ at the comb and 2 3/8″ at the heel.  1 1/2 size frame. Manufactured in 1922.

Redding Auction Service in Gettysburg, PA, is having a big sale this Sunday, 5/19.

Winchester M21, double barrel shotgun, serial #2, at Redding Auction Services
Winchester M21, double barrel shotgun, serial #2, at Redding Auction Services

Lot 40: Winchester Mod. 21 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun (w/30” Full & Mod. Choked Barrels) w/Double Triggers & Winchester Hard Rubber Butt Plate. Serial #2. Yes, Serial #2 Can’t Say Anything Else A Must For Winchester Collectors!!!

Lot 41: Winchester Mod. 21 Skeet 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun (w/28” WS1 & WS2 Choked Barrels) w/Single Select Trigger, Auto Ejectors, Beavertail Forearm & Rubber Recoil Pad Serial #20, 782.

 

Auction alert: Fox Sterlingworth cutaway, Parker #170, & more…

Poulin Auction Company‘s three-day firearms auction starts this Friday and they have a bunch of interesting double barrel shotguns coming up, including Parkers, Remingtons, L.C. Smiths, Colts, Lefevers, and much more.

Fox Sterlingworth double barrel shotgun with a cutaway action
Fox Sterlingworth double barrel shotgun with a cutaway action

One of the most interesting is Lot #1046: a 12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with a cutaway action. This is a 1910 gun with a parker-pin style action, and it looks like it has a ton of original condition. The cutaways on the action let you look into the gun and see the cocking and firing mechanism. Pretty cool. It would be a great addition for a serious Fox collector.

This real early Parker Bros. underlifter hammergun is also very interesting. It’s serial #170 and a back action, so it was probably made around 1869.  Even though it’s real old, it’s in fair, original condition. Parkers went through a lot of changes and upgrades through the years and this is a great example of how they started out. Another must have for a serious collector.

For British stuff, there’s Lot # 1044: a nice looking Alex Henry 12 gauge boxlock ejector. This looks like an original heavy proofer for 2 3/4″ shells. The gun looks pretty decent, although I think someone may have polished up the action a bit and refinished the butt stock. I have no idea how good the barrels are and the information is not listed, so make sure you check them out before you bid on them.

In all, there are over 180 shotguns in this auction, including a lot of pumps, autos, and single shots. But there are plenty of doubles. Here are a few more that caught my eye:

A. H. Fox B Grade Double Shotgun. Cal. 12 GA

LeFever Arms Co. “DS” Grade S X S Shotgun

Parker Early Lifter Action Hammer SxS

Lots 1-600 are going off on Friday. The 1000’s are on Saturday, and the 2000’s are on Sunday

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