Auction alert: Dueling pistols by John Blanch, London…

Now I know these duelers aren’t doubles, but there are two of them and they are cool. So that’s good enough for me. I’ve always been fascinated by dueling pistols, and this pair of Blanch’s caught my eye when I was up at Poulin Auctions looking over the lots on their Spring 2019 sale.

JOHN BLANCH CASED FLINTLOCK SET OF DUELING PISTOLS
JOHN BLANCH CASED FLINTLOCK SET OF DUELING PISTOLS

LOT 3379: JOHN BLANCH CASED FLINTLOCK SET OF DUELING PISTOLS: Cals. both approx. 64. NSN. Bbls. 8″ oct. Bbls. are very attractively patterned w/ top flat marked “London” in script. Engraved bbl. tangs. Silver inlaid single breech bands & touch hole surrounds. Ornately engraved original hammers & locks marked in front of hammers “J. BLANCH”. Locks & hammers show areas of vivid case colors. Dark finished iron trigger guards, entry thimbles & bbl. thimbles. Silver escutcheon plates & bbl. pin escutcheons. Screws are attractively engraved. Wooden ramrods w/ brass tips. Fine checkering surrounds the grips. John Blanch started business in London in the year 1809. This fine pair of guns was likely made early in his career given the fact they remain in original flint. The workmanship is exquisite & the attention to detail astonishing. Many, if not all, original tools & accessories still exist w/ this comprehensive cased set. A name plate attached to the inside center of the box reads “J.R.F. BURNETT VAUXHALL.” likely the original owner of this fine set. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: wooden case containing an ebony mallet, tin containing extra flints, brass lead ladle w/ screw-on ebony handle, bullet mold, sm. knife, powder flask, wad cutter, ivory & steel touch hole cleaner, spring clamp, approx. 30 rnd. lead balls, ebony cleaning & loading tools, 2 paper wrapped cartridges, oiler, ebony pan brush, ebony handled screw driver & other various tools & appendages. The case measures 17 3/4″ x 10 3/4″ x 3″. It has a rnd. brass escutcheon on the top & an interior name plate. The inside is lined in emerald green cloth that appears original to the set. CONDITION: pistols generally show very light use w/ minor dings & scratches to the wood. Most metal parts show original finish w/ no oxidation or notable wear. Near excellent bores. Accessories show use but have been well cared for during this set’s nearly 200 year life. (01-15763/BF). ESTIMATE: $2,500-5,000

BTW: This is how a pair of pistols like this would have been used.

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Holland & Holland Royal .577 Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Holland & Holland Royal .577 Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Holland & Holland Royal .577 Nitro Express Side-by-Side Double RifleCased. Hensoldt-Wetzlar Diasta 4×32 scope. Price: $124,500 
Serial Number: 35242
Caliber: 577
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 23 inches
Action: RE
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock Comb: 1 5/8 inches
Stock Heel: 3 1/8 inches
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: 7/8 inches
LOP: 14 1/4 inches
Weight: 12 lbs. 5 ounces

William Young, Bury St Edmunds, S’folk. Exceptional 19-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca. 1815
William Young, Bury St Edmunds, S’folk. Exceptional 19-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca. 1815

William Young, Bury St Edmunds, S’folk. Exceptional 19-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca. 1815: Weight: 5 Lbs. 15 oz.  Superb 30” Damascus barrels retaining much of an original brown finish have excellent bores which appear to be unaltered from their original boring. Stepped-in breeches with platinum touch hole liners retain much of the original hardening color and show little evidence of use. One of the gold breech poincon is a replacement. Extremely fine locks show little use and feather springs retain traces of the original fire blue from being “drawn” after tempering. Stock shows lots of minor handling marks but retains virtually all of the original varnish. Original ramrod. Overall in beautiful , little used, condition retaining a fair amount of original finish throughout and in superb mechanical condition. Extremely fast ignition comparable in lock time to the best British maker’s of the day. This gun (each barrel) will still place 37% of a 1 oz. load of #6 shot on a 22”x 32” sheet of paper at 43 yds. using 2 ¼ drams of Goex fffg powder (1100 ft/sec). Compare that performance with your favorite modern sporting gun ….. you might be surprised at the results! These late British flintlock-era double guns are quite rare in this condition and you would be hard pressed to find a better example. Price: POR

John Blanch Sidelock SxS Shotgun with Stunning nitro proofed Damascus and Woodward snap action style forward under lever:
John Blanch Sidelock SxS Shotgun with Stunning nitro proofed Damascus and Woodward snap action style forward under lever:

John Blanch Sidelock SxS Shotgun with Stunning nitro proofed Damascus and Woodward snap action style forward under lever:This high grade English sidelock is just plain elegant and beautiful. Look at the pictures and see the stunning Damascus pattern and the wonderful wood, engraving, and fences, and I am sure you will agree. The nitro proofed bores are totally shiny and clean with no pitting. The Balance is perfect. I hunt with a forward underlever and find them very ergonomic. I probably will never go back to a top lever gun I like these guns so much. Price: $4,800
Serial Number: 5263
Ejectors: No
Barrels: 28
Barrel Type: Damascus
Action: Sidelock
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 1/2
Stock Heel: 2
Stock Cast: 3/16
LOP: 14 3/4″ to heel and
Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz.
Choke Left: .034 full
Choke Right: Cylinder
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .021

BERETTA - SO2 - 28" Bbls - Double Triggers - Solid Vintage SidelocK OU
BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage SidelocK OU

BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage SidelocK OU: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 27-1/2″ IC / LM (.007 / .012) Boehler Steel Bbls, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. A wooden spacer and Beretta butt plate have been fitted to extend the stock. The stock has NOT been cut. Very nice work. The stock is 13-7/8″ without the extension. So, remove the extension and add a pad and the stock will go almost 15″ with a standard 1″ pad. Excellent Condition. The stocks have been refinished. The barrels appear to be original. Price: $3550 

CHARLES DALY M-500 SXS 12 GA 2 3/4″ SxS Shotgun28″ bbls, bright shiny smooth bores, fixed FULL/MOD chokes, blued finish, very nice checkered grip stock and forearm, double trigger, LOP (front trigger) – 14″, DAC – 1 3/4″, and DAH – 2 3/4″. This shotgun is in excellent condition. Price: $699

CHARLES DALY M-500 SXS 12 GA 2 3/4" SxS Shotgu
CHARLES DALY M-500 SXS 12 GA 2 3/4″ SxS Shotgu

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PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE
PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE

PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE : 27″ 009 AND 014 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT FANTASTIC WOOD AND ENGRAVING 5LBS 11 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 5/8. Price: $29,500

John Blanch and Son – Fantastic sidelock 1890 with sidelever: This is a very high grade sidelever sidelock from the early 1890’s. Comes in its makers case and has mirror bores. I like this gun! Exceptional fence engraving. Price: $7,400

John Blanch and Son, 12 gauge sidelock ejector shotgun with sidelever
John Blanch and Son, 12 gauge sidelock ejector shotgun with sidelever
Manufacturer: John Blanch and Son – Fantastic sidelock 1890 with sidelever!
Serial Number: 5449
Ejectors: No
Barrels: 30
Barrel Type: Damascus
Action: Sidelock
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 9/16
Stock Heel: 2
Stock Cast: 1/2
LOP: 15″ over pad
Weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz.
Choke Left: .020 light full
Choke Right: Cyl.
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .028
Winchester Model 21 12 gauge SxS shotgun
Winchester Model 21 12 gauge SxS shotgun

Winchester Model 21 12 gauge: The classic American made SxS shotgun that was ultimate in durability is the hallmark of the Winchester Model 21. This particular gun represents the earliest configuration:  Double triggers and extractors (non-ejector).  The barrels are 30″, solid rib and choked M/F but they actually measure .010 (IC) and .035 (Full), the bores are mirror bright and there is a very slight “ding” in the right tube about 10 3/4″ from the muzzle.  The semi pistol grip buttstock has a 14″ LOP to the original butt plate, 1 9/16″, DAC and 2 9/16″ DAH, no cast.  Matching splinter forend.  All finishes are 100% original.  Barrels and action retain 90-95% blue with various small amounts of surface rust evident.  The forearm iron and the trigger guard show the most use with both pieces taking on a brown patina and noticeable blue wear on the forearm extension.  The wood finishes also rate in the 90-95% range with no significant wear just the normal handling marks from 80 years or use.  The action and barrels are very tight and on face with the top lever still noticably right of center.  Serial number 2660 made in early 1935. Price: $3850

BERETTA 411 EJECTOR - 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE - STRAIGHT GRIP
BERETTA 411 EJECTOR – 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE – STRAIGHT GRIP

BERETTA 411 EJECTOR – 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE – STRAIGHT GRIP – VINTAGE GUN: Here is excellent condition vintage Beretta 411 in 12 gauge from 1952. Nice engraving. Double under bite with hidden Greener style third fastener. Unengraved stock oval. Barrels are 27 5/8″. Bores as original at .728 with 23/1000 choke (Modified) in the right barrel at 727 with 32/1000 choke (Full) for the left barrel. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Mirror bores. Ejectors perfectly timed. No cracks in the wood. Tight on face. Anson style forend fastening system. Straight grip stock with long trigger guard tang. Double boarder checkering pattern. Plugged swivel holes in barrel (barely visable). Weight of gun is 7 LBS 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $2,450

 

12 gauge AYA Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge AYA Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge AyA Hammergun:  Price: $569.99

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Good
Bore Condition: Good
Barrels: 30
Triggers: Double
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 5/8″ DAH, 14 1/2″ LOP
Butt Pad: Factory Butt Plate
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.
Item Location: Dundee, MI
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