Without a doubt, Boss & Co is one of the world’s top gunmakers. In this film you find out a bit more about why the company has succeeded for so long and why their guns are still prized by shooters around the world.
Parker Brothers ~ A-1 Special ~ 20 Ga: S/N 158XXX – Circa 1912, Chambers: 2 3/4″ with Ejectors, Barrels: 28″, Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP – DAC 1 11/16″ – DAH 2 1/4″, Butt Pad: Engraved Skeleton, Weight: 6 LB. Wood shows a bit of age cracking with a couple of small storage marks and a bit of moisture damage to the right side of the buttstock. Blue remains at 100% with mint bores. Receiver shows 100% rose and scroll engraving coverage that remains excellent. Truly a remarkable example of the gunmakers art! Complete with a Parker Collectors “Letter of Originality”. Price: $79,999.99
BOSS & Co Best SLE 20ga 26″ IC&M Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Makers leather case, Mfg 1947, rare and very nice: Serial # 8764, Barrel Length: 26″, Choke R IC(.005), Choke L M(.011), Trigger ST (Single), Rib Type Smooth Concave Rib, Receiver Finish: Casehardened with most colors remaining, Engraving Type: Boss style Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Other Options: Makers case with label, Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Condition EXC. Plus Condition. Weight 5lbs 7oz. Dimensions 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 3/4 with 1/4 cast off. Other Details Mfg 1947, Very high condition Very hard to find in 20ga. Price: $59,000
J. Purdey & Sons – 12ga – SLE – Self Opener – 25” Barrels – .732/.729 Chokes – 2 3/4” Shells – 15 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/4” – 6 lbs 2 ozs – Lightweight!! Self Opener – Great Quail & Grouse Gun – Fast Action Gun! Original case and proof label – “WTC” on leather case and on stock – “Blue” Pins and hightlights on the Action – lever is plum. This Purdey is Tight and handles gracefully in high-pressure shooting situations. The gun was a 2 1/2” gun and was sent back to Purdey to be Re-Proofed and opened up to 2 3/4” – performs beautifully! Price: $34,995
John Wilkes, 20ga. Sidelock Ejector 27″ Barrels Ic/Mod: A custom stocked gun in England with an extremely high quality Turkish Circassian walnut with a straight grip, splinter forend, highest quality full sidelock gun double triggers, automatic ejector, checkered butt, full coverage miniature rose bouquet and scroll engraving Cast for a lefthanded shooter (we can adjust it back to neutral), gold oval, gun remains in pristine condition throughout, includes leather makers’ case with canvas cover, available for immediate delivery. LOP – 15 1/8” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8”. 5 lb., 12 oz. Price: $19,999
Magnificent Remington Parker VHE 16ga 1 frame with Condition: 28″ Mod/full and factory marked — incredible original wood and finishes — perfect screws — double triggers — 2 3/4 ” factory chambers — ejectors — 80% original color that is vibrant — 99% blue and varnish — late single line DHBP — splinter forend — Just a wonderful Remington era gun that has all of the zing you expect from Parker — A perfect gun for all occasions afield with the right dimensions and weight.
14 1/4″ 1 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ 7lb 3oz. Price: $6,950.00
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment: Hammerless Sidelocks – Boss 20g. Sidelock in exceptional condition and investment grade original. Featuring 28″ Whitworth steel barrels, 75% case color, 98% blue, in its maker’s case. This petite flower weighs in at 5 lbs. 4.5 oz., lighter than many 28 gauges. Stocked to the fences, assisted opening, iconic and crisp Boss single trigger, chopper-lump barrels, and stunning wood with super dimensions, this Boss has all and more of what we would expect from a Boss. What I expect most of all from Boss is what I think is their true trademark — Balance. Let me tell you, get this gun between your hands and you will not want to let it go as you would feel your letting go of a part of yourself. Twenty-gauge Boss doubles are like prime real estate. They seldom come up for sale, are priced at the top of the market, and there are never any regrets in owning as they are always worth what you paid and more. Price: $57,000
H.J. Hussey Shotguns – IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, CASED, BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: H.J. Hussey, Year 1902-1904, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 9oz; 6lbs 8oz, SK/LM , LOP 15 1/4″, DAH 2 1/8″, DAC 1 1/2″ Serial Numbers: 14170, 14171. “LONDON BEST”…we see this label referring to fabulous side by side shotguns from famed British gunmakers with their premises located in the London gunmaker’s district. Well-known historic names including Purdey, Holland & Holland, and Boss immediately come to mind. However, if you discuss the topic of “LONDON BEST GUNS” with those entrenched in the British gun world, you will also hear the name H.J. Hussey, a name less known but whose guns were superb and comparable to the very finest London had to offer. You can refer to Nigel Brown’s volumes “British Gunmakers” and/or Google the Hussey name and you will see that Henry Joseph Hussey was long involved in the upper echelons of the British gun trade. He was Assistant Manager of Holland & Holland until 1894. He became involved with the famed firm of Joseph Lang gunmakers, and the firm became known as Lang & Hussey for several years. Apparently, Henry Hussey was a bit of a rogue, having been accused of shady dealings, and he resigned from that company after a short stint. After that, his firm became known as H.J. Hussey, LTD until his death in 1918. The fine matching pair of 12 bore Hussey guns offered here, serial numbers 14170 and 14171 ca. 1902, are LONDON BEST GUNS in every way, with 7-pin sidelock actions featuring beaded fences, finely filed bolsters on the bottom of action, gold lined cocking indicators, superb acanthus scroll with elaborate border work and adorned with the finest floral bouquets you will ever see. The top tang is gracefully shaped and simply flows into the action. VERY RARELY SEEN ARE THE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS IN THIS FINE PAIR OF HUSSEY GUNS, COMPLETE WITH THEIR REGISTERED NUMBERS. This is a very costly extra feature on a London gun, and the Boss single trigger is the most reliable ever developed. Stocked to the fences with well-figured French walnut, including drop points and superb checkering with mullered borders, this pair is a stunning set of early London guns cased in a period oak and leather case complete with the maker’s label. The original 28” barrels are in proof with 2 ½” chambers, excellent bores, tight ribs, and fit like new on hinge pin and standing breech. The guns weigh within 1/2oz. of each other at 6lbs. 8oz. and have identical stock dimensions. With chokes that would measure SK/LM in today’s world, the pair would make the ultimate driven grouse guns as well as the ultimate walk up guns for upland birds over fine dogs. And of course, you can make quite an impression at the vintage sporting clays shoots as well. Who shows up with a pair of Husseys! These guns are being offered at a very attractive price, well under what you might pay for a pair from the more well-known London makers. In fact, this pair of Husseys may be the best value on the finest pair of London guns on the market today and a great investment opportunity for those that love fine guns and the shooting sports. Price: $21,900
Webley & Scott 450 BPE SxS Double Rifle: This is a fantastic condition Webley & Scott 450 3 ¼” black powder express double rifle with a 26” barrel. It has a nice weight of 8 pounds 14 ounces and the LOP is 14 3/8”. The DAH is 17/8” and the DAC is 1 ¼”. It retains 95% of the beautiful case colors and 90% barrel finish. The locks, tang, hammers and under lever are nicely engraved. The receiver top is nicely stippled and the barrel rib is matted. Even the butt plate is engraved. The mechanical function on this underlever hammer gun is excellent with perfect bores. The checkering is sharp. The beautiful wood has one small ding on the forearm and two small impressions on the buttstock. The action on this rifle is tight as new. Price: $7,495
Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga: Barrels: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Chokes: .010″ and .015″, Metal Condition: No Blemishes, Wood Condition: Very Few Very Lite User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad, Weight: 6 Lbs 4 OZ. Price: $3,199.99
PARKER GH – 12 GAUGE – COLLECTOR CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR AND DAMASCUS – ANTIQUE: Here is a high condition Antique Parker GH made in 1892. Excellent original condition with good amounts of case color and lovely high contrast Damascus Pattern on the 30″ barrels. Sharp engraving with great detail. Mechanically outstanding condition – tight on face, barrels ring true, no cracks to the wood. All matching serial numbers of course. Auto safety. Screw slots as original. Fully functional. Mirror bores measuring .732 with full and full chokes. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Period recoil pad has turned hard, needs replacing. As an antique, this gun can be shipped directly as local law allows. This gun is in the Parker Serial Number Book. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 13 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $1,750
PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE: ALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED, 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED .015″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS 13 OZ, STOCK DIMENSIONS: 2 14/: DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15 1/4″ LOP. Price: $49,500
Boss & Co. Sidelock Side-by-Side from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price: Hammerless Sidelocks – According to Boss records, this fine shotgun was ordered by William Fitzgerald Esq. of Dublin Ireland on November 1st, 1899. Serial Number: 4713, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Stock LOP: 13 1/2″, Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, Weight: 6 lbs. 8.5 oz. Choke Left: Orig. .005 Skeet – #, Choke Right: Orig. .006 Skeet – #, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: Orig. .026 – #2 set, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: Orig. .020 – #2 set. Price: $9,400
Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun: 27 ½” barrels, IC/M choked, Pre-war full side lock over and under, beautiful European walnut straight grip stock, vent rib, double triggers, recoil pad, Boehler steel barrels, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, excellent overall condition, all original, the engraving features magnificent floral and scroll engraving, handmade to the very highest quality, a beautiful gun with great modern dimensions, available for immediate delivery. 7 lbs. 2 oz. 14 3/4” X 1 5/8” X 2 5/8”. Price: $8,995
Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS: Rare 2- barrel 12 gauge set with 28” full/modified and 26” modified/improved cylinder barrels. Has pistol grip stock, single trigger and beavertail forend. Beautiful condition with original factory leather covered case. A very desirable Parker Reproduction shotgun. Price: 5,995.00
Engraving’s funny. While not even the best work can make a bad gun great, lousy engraving can ruin an otherwise fantastic double.
Phil Coggan is one of world finest gun engravers; his work improves the finest shotgun and increases their value. In the pics posted here, you can see why.
Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 ga: Action: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Straight Grip, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 5/8 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/4 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Type of Case: Oak & Leather Case w/Accessories, First set of barrels: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: F/F, Second set: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: IC/M. Beautiful two barrel set, open assist in very good condition. Price: $80,000
Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs: SN: 237186 – Beyond Nice – Spectacular RARE!! “000” Frame – ca. 1935 – CLEAN! Price: $36,995
Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels: For your consideration is an extremely rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga gun. Anyone who knows Lefever guns, knows well that the Lefever small bore guns simply don’t exist in nature. They are really rare and hard to find. This particular Lefever has gorgeous 28″ American Flag Damascus pattern. They are a thing of beauty!!! The gun has DT, AE, and auto safety. The capped PG buttstock is checkered in a two-point pattern. The splinter forend is checkered in typical later FE pattern with engraved steel escutcheon. The action is engraved in typical FE pattern with flying duck on left, falling woodcock on right surrounded by light scroll engraving. The gun retains more than 1/2 of its original case color, particularly nice and dark on the left side and on top. Barrels retain about 85%+ original damascus pattern. Screws are all excellent and the gun is totally unmolested. The stocks are sound and measure 2″ DAC, 3-1/4″ DAH and LOP is 13-3/4″ over the original lined HRBP. Both barrels measure .620 on the money, and the chokes are .012 (right) and .020 (left). Min walls are about.028 in each barrel. The gun weighs right at 6lbs. This is an extremely rare gun and easily one of the top FE 20ga I have seen in more than 25 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers. Price: $6895
Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61: 28″ tapered file finished rib choked IM/M, DT’s, ejectors, Greener crossbolt, double underlugs, full coverage game scenes of pursuing fox, grouse, flying waterfowl, all in woods & marshland, cocking indicators, deluxe checkered walnut straight stock, 2 piece forearm, 15″ LOP over 7/8″ matched solid pad. 97% bbl. & receiver finish, some light handling. Price: $2,899
Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes: Comes with a spare PG stock and 5 Briley thin wall chokes. Price: $1,700
The12g Boss OU see here is built on one of the most important shotgun designs of the 20th century. It’s also an absolute bargain.
The UK’s Gavin Gardiner is selling it in his Fine Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns Auction on 12 December 2018. Check out his video of it below to see just how nice it is.
Built on a design patented by Boss & Co in 1909, the Boss OU introduced the world to the low-profile OU. Up until 1909, breech-loading OUs had lumps on the bottom of the barrels like a side-by-side. This made them thick through the action and clunky looking.
Boss & Co go rid of lumps by mounting “trunions” on either side of barrels. This slimmed down the action, lightened the guns, and made Boss OUs look as sleek as their SxSs.
Today, most modern OUs owe a huge debt to Boss’s design, from a Beretta Silver Pigeon and a CSMC’s A10 to a Fabbri
Boss & Co is still in business and they’re still building their legendary OUs today. I think prices start at around $240,000. So if you can buy this gun for anything less than $100,000, you’re getting a fantastic deal.
LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990: 28-inch barrels with 2 3/4-inch chambers, about 1/4 and 1/2 choke borings, the frame, locks and top lever engraved with fine bouquet and scroll engraving and retaining almost all of its original hardening colour, the maker’s name signed within a scrolling banner, gold line cocking indicators, 14 1/2-inch well-figured stock and Boss half pistol grip, nitro proof, 7lb., in its maker’s lightweight case with canvas outer cover S2 The maker confirms that the gun was delivered in 1995. The gun remained in store with its maker for a number of years and remains virtually as new and unused.
BOSS & Co. SIDELOCK SXS 12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″: #6225 & 6226, Boss & Co. 13 Dover Street. Piccadilly. London. W.: A True 12 Bore Pair of Boss Bar Action Ejector Sidelock Game Guns Finished in 1913, Both guns with very attractive Sumner engraving. Both Guns 28″ Chopper Lump Barrels with the #2 gun with a spare 28″ chopper lump barrel; – The #1 Gun at .733 .008 & .009″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl.), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .030″; – The #2 gun is .733 .008 & .008″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .031″ & .033″ on the left; – The #2 gun spare barrel at .730 .015 & .038″ (Open Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .034″; – All 3 barrels are modern Barrels by Purdey and each is marked accordingly “Barrels Made By. J. Purdey” with their address, All 3 are London proved at 3 1/4 Tons with 2 3/4″ chambers; All 3 have Purdey barrel numbers, the pair with barrel #’s 70927 to 70930 which should be about 1969 & the spare barrels with #’s 71703 & 71704 which should be about 1971, Double triggers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Numbered 1 & 2 in Gold, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stocks and both at 15 1/16 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/8″ over a checkered butt with a 1 3/4″ extension that is expertly done, Remove the extension & add a 1″ pad & it will come out at 14 3/8″, 1/2″ Cast-Off for the right hand, They point like a dream, Both at 6 Lbs. 14 Oz.. Near exhibition wood on both with great black/brown contrast, Boss Classic Engraving by John James Sumner with his characteristic 6 bouquets of roses; – The #1 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 96%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 98%, The checkering at 99%, The original case colors remain at 40%; – The #2 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 97%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 97%, The checkering at 99%, Traces of case colors remain; – The Purdey barrel blue on the spare barrel for gun #2 is at 99%. All 3 sets of barrels remain in excellent plus condition inside & out with original dimensions and internally the bores are as new. All 3 barrels ring with a pronounced chime and remain smack on the face. The pair is cased in a fold-open leather cornered motor case with a trade label and no provision for the spare barrel. The original Boss barrels were lost in a shipment from the U. S. for a shoot in Scotland, hence the new barrels by Purdey. This is a very nice pair of Classic Boss Game Guns with 3 sets of barrels that remain as new. Price: $39,000
H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS: Year 1902-1904, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 9oz; 6lbs 8oz, SK/LM , LOP 15 1/4″, DAH 2 1/8″, DAC 1 1/2″. The fine matching pair of 12 bore Hussey guns offered here, serial numbers 14170 and 14171 ca. 1902, are LONDON BEST GUNS in every way, with 7-pin sidelock actions featuring beaded fences, finely filed bolsters on the bottom of action, gold lined cocking indicators, superb acanthus scroll with elaborate border work and adorned with the finest floral bouquets you will ever see. The top tang is gracefully shaped and simply flows into the action. VERY RARELY SEEN ARE THE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS IN THIS FINE PAIR OF HUSSEY GUNS, COMPLETE WITH THEIR REGISTERED NUMBERS. Price: $23,000
Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun: An interesting gun that was made in 1954 and it is as tight and fresh today as it was then, some 64 years ago! Barrel markings tell that the monobloc barrels were made with the best Chrome Molybdenum Compressed Steel, Superior Type and that this gun was imported by the “Wilshire Gun House” in Los Angeles, CA. Sometime in its life this gun was “freshened” professionally and the 28″ barrels were sent to England to be fitted with five Teague Precision thin wall chokes, that as you can see by the muzzle photo, are almost invisible. The barrels have a raised solid rib which tapers from 11.3mm (7/16″) at the breech down to 5.4mm (7/32″) at the muzzle; there is a single small brass front bead. This 450 was restocked in Italy (probably by Beretta) with a spectacular and hefty piece of walnut configured with a right hand palm swell and the dimensions are: 14 ¾” LOP over a ½” Beretta pad, 1 5/16” DAC & 1 ¾” DAH with ¼” cast for a right hand shooter. A nicely scaled beavertail forearm with an Anson release allows the gun to be guided easily with the left hand. The sidelock action has cocking indicators, concealed third fastener, single non-selectable trigger, non-automatic top tang safety and it is completely covered in hand engraved a floral and scroll pattern then chrome finished for durability. All original metal and wood finishes and all are 99%+. Weighs 7 lbs. 14 oz. It comes in a modern Beretta DT10 luggage case with the Teague choke tubes & wrench and with 4 serial numbered turn screws (screwdrivers) fitted to this gun. Price: $12,350
BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”: Mod./Full, straight grip stock with ¾” wood extension to a checkered butt and gold shield, double triggers, Schabel forend with horn insert, game rib, automatic ejectors, lovely full coverage scroll with BOSS & CO. engraved in ribbons on both sides of the receiver, rib marked with Boss & Co. St. James Street address, the wood finish remains in very good condition, traces of case coloring on receiver, most of the bluing remaining on the bottom plate of action and trigger guard, 95% barrel bluing, very clean and tight gun throughout, reproofed with 2 ¾” chambers, available for immediate delivery. 14 7/8” x 1 ½” x 2”
6lbs, 10 oz. Price: $6,995.
Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE SxS, 28ga: 26in. barrels, IC/Mod, boxlock action, ejectors, double triggers, beavertail forend, English stock, skeleton steel buttplate, engraving in original DH style, case hardened frame, rust blue barrels. Supplied with leather trunk case, canvas and leather cover, and snap caps. 14 1/4” LOP. 5 lbs., 8 oz. Price: $4,900
Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!: For your consideration is an extremely rare Parker BHE 28ga with original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend. The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop at comb of 1-3/4 and drop at heel of 3-1/8. The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz- exactly as found in the PGCA letter. Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. The gun does have some original colors as seen in the photos. Here is your chance to buy an incredibly rare Parker 28ga that is field ready for many more lifetimes ahead. Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions on the gun. Price: $59,500
Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger: LOP: 14” to end of pad, Hawkins Pad with 3/4″ Spacers. Barrel Set No. 1 is 28” choked RH: Modified and LH: Full Weight of gun is 7.7 pounds with these barrels. Barrel Set No. 2 is 26” choked RH: Improved Cylinder and LH: Modified Weight of the shotgun is 7.65 pounds with these barrels.
Both sets of barrels are 90% or better. Both sets of barrels lock up tight and on the face. There is no corrosion either inside or outside either set of barrels. There are no dents or dings on either set of barrels. Ejectors for both sets of barrels work properly and are in time.
The forearm wood shows little to no use. All checkering on both forearms is in very fine condition. There are no issues with either forearm.
The Stock checkering is in very fine condition showing little use. The stock was cut and subsequently lengthened with the installation of 3/4″ total in spacers. The Hawkins Pad is period correct. The Parker letter does not indicate the stock treatment. There are a few handling marks on both sides of the stock.
The action has 90% or better case colors. There are Pheasant on the right and Quail on the left. The bottom is engraved with two Setters and a fence row. All screws are in fine condition and in time. The gold grip cap is in place and has initials engraved in it as well as a finely engraved border.
This is a fine condition Late Remington Parker AHE. This is one of the last three AHE’s manufactured according to the Parker Story. According to the Parker Story there were only 4 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 26” Fluid Steel Barrels. There were only 18 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 28” Fluid Steel Barrels. This is also on a desirable and scarce Parker ½ Frame action. This combination makes this Parker extremely rare and possibly the only one manufactured. With the exception of the stock modifications listed above the firearm shows little use. The firearm matches the Parker Letter. This is a no excuses, no speculation, verified factory two barrel, high grade, 1/2 Frame firearm that can easily take its place as the centerpiece of a collection. Both barrel sets are stamped ½ and all measurements on the action confirm this is a ½ frame 12ga. Price: $55,000
Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed): 30″ Chokes: Improved Mod – Full L.O.P. : 15″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/8″ H Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz Ser. #: 7726 Price: $49,500
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED: 6lbs 6oz, SxS, IC/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 5/8″. Serial Number: 18475. Purpose built in 1992 for gunning American upland birds over fine dogs. Weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly 1/8” in front of the hinge pin, the gun is fast to shoulder and a pleasure to carry all day through tough terrain. With its 28” chopper lump barrels choked IC/M and the English style stock the gun is simply gorgeous. The sidelock action has side plates shaped in the traditional Rigby style, with cocking indicators, game scene/banknote scroll engraving, perfect screws and metal fit, and sculpted bolsters on the bottom of the frame. The original case color is still prominent and aged to that perfect hue and contrast. The gun is stocked to the fences with gorgeous English walnut with a diamond shape at the grip, drop points, perfect 28LPI checkering, and terminates in a gorgeous pigskin Purdey style leather covered pad. The gun has the Holland & Holland style assisted-opening feature that you would expect from a true LONDON BEST, and is housed in the factory oak & leather case with all the best accessories. THIS IS A RARE FIND THAT YOU WON’T SEE FOR SALE IN THE MARKETPLACE AGAIN FOR SOME TIME. The reputation of Paul Roberts building best guns in the finest English fashion is well established. The engraving, done by John Beech of London, is superb, with gorgeous scenes of woodcock, pheasants, and a setter on point. A finer investment in the gunmaker’s art would be hard to find, regardless of the name on the barrels. Thanks for looking! Price: $24,500.00
Chambers: 2 INCH
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: BRIGHT
Barrels: 26 IN
Gauge: 12 GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 2.6OZ
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – BOXLOCK – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXS: Here is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $1,200
What’s the one word that matters most to gun collectors? It’s “original”, and the more original an old firearm is, the more valuable it will be.
Boss & Co. 20 gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun, #7201, 28″ bbls, made around 1924. Is this the holy grail of grouse guns? Perhaps. But even if you disagree, its price–$67,000–will make you say “holy sh!t”. Why is it so much?
Condition, first. This gun looks well cared for, lightly used, and totally unmessed with. It has a lot of its original blueing and color-case hardening are still present. There’s even original finish on the lock pins The finish on the wood looks original, too, and no one has recut the checkering (thank god!).
After condition, this gun’s vintage adds to its value. It was made around 1924. Boss shotguns from the 1920’s and 1930’s tend to be this maker’s best examples. And the best guns always bring the biggest money.
This gun also has some special features. The length of its barrels (28″), the length of its stock (14″), and an original Boss single-trigger. Taken together, they make the gun appealing to modern shooters.
Even though it’s expensive, it’s cheap compared to what brand new 20g Boss SxSs cost now. One of those will run you around $130,000+.
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world: Hammerless Sidelocks – Boss 20g. Sidelock in exceptional condition and investment grade original. Featuring 28″ Whitworth-steel barrels, 75% case color, 98% blue, in its maker’s case. This petite flower weighs in at 5 lbs. 4.5 oz., lighter than many 28 gauges. Stocked to the fences, assisted opening, iconic and crisp Boss single trigger, chopper-lump barrels, and stunning wood with super dimensions, this Boss has all and more of what we would expect from a Boss. What I expect most of all from Boss is what I think is their true trademark: balance? Let me tell you, get this gun between your hands and you will not want to let it go as you would feel your letting go of a part of yourself. Price: $67,000
F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian Shotgun: Price: $18,500.66
Caliber: 16 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch Chambers
Metal Condition: Mint with very fine full coverage scroll engraving with small floral bouquets.
Wood Condition: Near Mint with a couple of very light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 27 Inch chopper lump barrels.
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Walnut Straight Grip Stock
LOP 14 /58 Inch, DAH 1 1/2 Inch, DAH 2 1/4 Inch with a 1/8 Inch Cast Off
Fore End: Splinter Forearm
Butt Pad: Checkered Butt
Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz.
Sights: Single Front Bead
Chokes: Cylinder and Cylinder Fix Choke
Extras: Comes with a leather fitted hard case.
Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30″ barrels: A very rare Parker Bros. DHE grade 20 gauge with 30″ Titanic steel barrels. This gun is unusual in that it was ordered with open chokes. According to the factory letter,the gun was ordered to shot 55% in the right barrel and 65% in the left. The actual choke dimensions are .005″ in the right and .015″ in the left. The gun has a straight grip stock, skeleton butt plate, double triggers and ejectors. The bores are mint with no pits or rust. The barrels are on face and lock up tightly. The receiver retains traces of the original case colors and has excellent engraving. The water table and forend iron retain strong case colors. The gun was built in 1918 and was ordered with 25/8″ chambers,which it still has. The stock dimensions remain unaltered at 141/4″LOP,15/8″ at comb,and 21/2″ at heel. The wood is sound with no cracks or damage. Just a few light handling marks from 100 years use. The gun was built on an O frame and weighs 6-8. This is a classic Parker bird gun with some very unusual features in all original unaltered condition. This gun is not a safe queen. This is a classic Parker that is nice enough to be proud off,but not too nice to shoot and enjoy. Fully authenticated and original. Price: $14,900
AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish Shotgun: Price: $3,299.99
Caliber: 20 Ga
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Very few very Lite User Marks
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Checkered English Grip
14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Splinder
Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad
Weight: 6.5 Lbs
Sights: Front Bead
Chokes: Briley Chokes
Extras: With case and Briley chokes.
BERETTA – Model 410 – 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS – Late Model: Probably the Toughest 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS ever produced. Easily the best for the money. 1971 – Beretta Model 410 – 10ga, 3-1/2″ Magnum, 31-1/2″ Full / Full -Hand Engraved, Raised Solid Rib, Rib Extension Third Bite, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 9 lbs. 8 oz. Has the look and feel of a Brand New gun. Appears unfired. Bores are chrome lined and perfect. There are a couple of minor marks on the barrels, otherwise As New.
The early guns were prone to cracked stocks on the side panels – due to a sharp corner at the scalloped back edge of the receiver. The later guns – like this one from the 1970s – had improvements that solved that issue. You can’t buy a better 10ga Magnum double for four times the money. Price: $2450
People say the past is gone. But that’s not true, especially if you own this 16 bore Thomas Boss double-barrel percussion shotgun. It puts the past right in your hands.
Built around 1833, this shotgun may be the oldest Boss firearm in existence. And for a gun that old, it appears to be in excellent shape and pretty original. Pretty amazing.
Back when it was built, percussion shotguns were cutting edge and Manhattan barely existed as a city above 14th Street. This double would have been ordered by a wealthy gentleman with time on his hands.
Thomas Boss, the founder of Boss & Co, would have had his hands all over it, would have had his all over this gun as it was being made, fabricating and fitting some parts and inspecting everything to make sure it was top-notch. Just imagine him clicking the hammers into place and pulling the triggers–the same hammers and triggers your hands would touch if you owned this gun.
An ex-Manton worker, Thomas Boss was one of the gunmakers who made London famous for quality, elegant firearms. You can see how he did it when you look at this elegant and beautifully built double.
Lot 1027: THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118. Bbls. 27″. Color case hardened action & hammers. Blued furniture. Twist Steel bbls. Dbl. triggers. Rib wears inscription “T. BOSS No. 1 GROSVENOR STREET, NEW BOND STREET, LONDON”. Action wears elegant vine & leaf, early Boss style, engraving w/ beautifully engraved dolphin hammers. Top & bottom tangs are also ornately engraved. Ramrod stop indicates this is original bbl. length. Ramrod appears original. Bore diameter: right – .662″, left – .667″. Consignor states that this is the earliest known Boss gun.
CONDITION: locks retain substantial amounts of case color which appears original. Bbls. retain significant brown finish highlighting the Twist pattern. All markings regarding maker are crisp & legible. Locks are strong & crisp. The beautifully figured stock retains crisp flat top checkering w/ numerous scuff marks. The finish remains strong. Edges of forend show two sm. voids. Bores show light pitting. (01-14725/TB). ANTIQUE. Estimate: $800-1200.
James Purdey & Sons, London, 20 Gauge Sidelock Best Quality O/U Shotgun: Gun #26597. 28-inch Length of Barrel, 15-inch Length of Pull 1 7/16″ Drop at Comb, 2″ Drop at Heel. 6lbs 6oz. Manufacture’s case included Price: $69,500
BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN: 26 1/2″ BARRELS 006 AND 010 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 5LBS 4 OZ X 2 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ X 14″ LOP. Price: $59,500
SanGiorgio – Model Vega – High Quality Modern SxS Hammer Gun – Great for Clays: 1987 – Ameria SanGiorgio – Gardone V.T. – Vega – Hammer Gun– 12ga, 28” M / F, Extractors, Hand Filed Rib, Double Triggers – Front Trigger Articulated, Hand Detachable Locks, LOP 15-1/4″ to Factory Pad, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 7 lbs. 12 oz. Excellent Condition: Very Tight. Price: $4975
Webley & Scott Ltd. ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga Side by Side Boxlock Shotgun: This Webley & Scott Ltd. 12 gauge shotgun S/N 1113XX was ordered and started October 12, 1926. It is a boxlock with crossbolt – Pigeon Grade No.300 gun fitted with an Anson forend. 2 3/4 ‘ chambers. 30 inch fixed choke barrels with a flat rib. This gun was first sold July 10, 1928. It is in very good condition and a great addition to anyone who might collect side by side shotguns. The preceding information was taken from a report presented by Gallyon & Sons Ltd. / U.K. dated July 31, 2008. Price: $2,999.99
Manufacturer: Made in England.
Caliber: 12 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch.
Metal Condition: Very good with some minor surface handling marks. Trigger guard and bottom tang are discolored.
Wood Condition: Very good with light checkering wear and light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Both are very clean, bright and shiny.
Barrels: 30 inches with a solid knurled top rib.
Stock: Diamond checkered grip walnut round knob. Case colored receiver is lightly engraved with border and a little scroll.
LOP 14 1/2 inches. DAC 1 7/16 inch DAH 2 1/16 inch
Fore End: Diamond checkered grip walnut splinter.
Butt Pad: Horizontal grooved black metal. Has some light scratch/use marks.
Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Sights: Brass bead front.
Chokes: Fixed chokes. Right barrel is Modified. Left barrel is Full.
Extras: Comes with a Webley & Scott Ltd. hard locking case. The case is lined with green felt and has a Webley & Scott Ltd. information sign, two metal snap caps, a two-piece wooden cleaning rod with 4 cleaning attachments, a metal oil bottle, and a box of Farlo’s
Ithaca ~ N.I.D. ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun: This is an Ithaca side by side 20 gauge shotgun manufactured in 1927 based on serial number. There is a dent in the left barrel and has been deemed safe to fire from a gunsmith. This is a great not-so-rare Ithaca that would look great in any collection. Price: $599.99
Caliber: 20 Ga
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Great for its age
Wood Condition: Good – Shows its age
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Walnut with Checkering on Pistol Grip
OAL 42″, LOP 13.5
Fore End: Walnut with Checkering to Match
Butt Pad: Plastic Plate
Weight: 6 lbs.
Sights: Front Bead
Boss & Co. Heavy 3″ Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun: Boss Heavy proof Pigeon Gun with Factory 3 inch Chambers and 1 1/2oz Original Proof. The gun is fitted with Chopper lump barrels that are fitted with Briley Teague style choke tubes. Gun appears to be little used. The mirror perfect bores still at .729 L and .728 R. The barrel blue remains at 98% plus. Case color 80-90%, showing some thinning; mostly on the bottom of the receiver. Wood is excellent, retaining virtually all of it’s London style
finish. Overall a fantastic gun that points and handles as what you would expect from this highly revered maker.
Barrels: Bores: .729L & .728R. Wall Dims: .030 R & .030 L
Chokes: Teague Style Screw by Briley
Engraving: Jack Sumner Style English Fine Scroll
L.O.P.: 14 3/4″
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 3/8 Cast Off
L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SET: L. C. Smith Double Shotgun; SN 211771; 16 gauge; Grade 3 E; Two Barrel Set-both barrels 30 inch and numbered to the gun; one set choked full/full; Second set choked mod?mod; Single Trigger Ejectors; lots of original wood and metal finish remains; 14 inch pull to original butt plate; 2¾ DAH; 1¾ DAC; weight 7¾ pounds; 2½ inch chambers; Made 1909; Perfect Action bores; strong ejectors; FFL/C&R required for shipping; from my own personal collection; Long guns shipped by FedEx in a hard case $65; all other items shipped fully insured Priority Mail; – -Hand guns $30 — Spurs $30– Knives, Swords & Sabers $30—Grips $20; return policy: three days inspection from the date the item is received; full refund of shipping both ways ONLY IF THE ITEM IS MISREPRESENTED. Price: $5,975
Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32″ 12ga S/S Shotgun: A.H.Fox early style C grade 12 gauge.Built in 1908,this gun has 32″ Krupp still barrels choked full (.038″) and full (.038″).The gun is in excellent original condition retaining traces of the original case colors and 95% of the original barrel blue.The stock has a semi-pistol grip and 141/2″LOP over a solid pad.The wood is very highly figured and is free of any cracks or damage.The engraving is sharp and very well executed.There is a small dent in the right barrel that barely shows in the bore.It does not affect the safety or shooting of the gun, but I want to make you aware that it is there. This is a hard gun to find in original condition. It would make a great pheasant or dove gun or a fun vintage clays gun. Price: $4495
Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Price: $3,279.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Triggers: Single Selective
1 1/2″ DAC, 2 5/8″ DAH, 14″ LOP
Butt Pad: Rubber Recoil Pad
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.
1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28″: 3″ mag with 28″ full & mod barrels. This gun was built in 1964 so there is no danger of salt wood. The action is very tight with the lever still to the right. This gun looks like new aside from some minor wear on the top lever, safety selector and gold plating on the trigger. Price: $3,200
Serial Number: 32224V4
Metal Condition: 98%
Wood Condition: 99%
Bore Condition: mint
Not all revolutions happen quickly. Some, like the way over-under shotguns overcame SxSs to dominate the world of doubles, took decades to happen.
In many ways, the over-under revolution began in 1909. That’s when Boss & Co introduced its OU. While Boss & Co didn’t invent these shotguns, they did perfect it.
Firearms with stacked barrels have been around for hundreds of years, and Merkel started building breechloading, centerfire OUs in the 1890s. But Boss was the first gunmaker to build an OU with the sleek looks and a dynamic feel that could compete with best-quality British side-by-sides.
To date, Boss has built 500+ OUs. It’s not that hard to find them on the used market. That is not the case with the Boss OU catalog you see here. This is the only copy of this 1930s-era catalog I’ve seen in two decades.
Check it out for a unique glimpse into how Boss sold their OU shotguns back in the day.
BTW: If you have one of these catalogs or any other Boss catalogs/promotional materials (or shotguns) you would like to sell, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you love fine shotguns, you need to make a pilgrimage to London. For 200+ years, it has been home to many of the world’s finest gunmakers.
This year, Delaney & Sons 2018 London Gunmaker’s Tour makes it easier than ever for you to visit London and experience all the fantastic shooting and gunmaking history located there.
To create the London Gunmakers Tour, Delaney & Sons joined with James Purdey & Sons’ Stephen Murray and put together an insider’s glimpse into this world.
This 7-day trip includes:
- Visits to seven of the world’s most famous gunmakers: James Purdey & Sons, Holland & Holland, William & Son, William Evans, Boss & Co, John Rigby & Co and Watson Brothers
- A visit to Wimbledon Commons, the birthplace of modern clay shooting
- A visit to West London Shooting School
- Exclusive access to the London Proof House and the British NRA Museum
- A visit to the Hurlingham Club, home of world-famous pigeon shoots in the 18th and early 19th century
- Accommodations, ground transportation, meals, and entry into all venues
- And much more…
The cost: Just $3,750 per person, double occupancy. Discover more about this trip to learn it’s such a great deal.
Boss & Co is one of my favorite gunmakers–and for good reason. Not only have they made some of the most beautiful and finest shotguns and rifles ever, but during their Robertson era, they were also innovators. One of their greatest creations was the Boss single trigger, developed by Robertson in the 1890s.
To show off the effectiveness and reliability of his new singles triggers (and of his firm’s gunmaking skills), Robertson had Boss & Co build a couple 3-barreled SxSxS shotguns. Of the ones they made, this is the only one still around. Asking price: $333,333.00
The following is from an email Griffin & Howe sent me about it this gun:
“As a promotion for his single trigger, Robertson engineered among the most important shotguns to emerge from the Boss & Co. London workshop in the company’s 205-year history: the triple-barrel SxSxS that incorporated a single trigger. Although a marvel of ingenuity, the shotgun actually reveals the lengths that Robertson went in order to demonstrate the feasibility and safety of the single trigger to a skeptical marketplace.
Robertson certainly wasn’t the first gunmaker to experiment with a single trigger. Single-trigger sporting guns had been tinkered with by various gunmakers as far back as the late 17th century. An array of patents had been filed for them in England. Between 1893 and 1895, however, Robertson had applied for three single-trigger patents, each more sophisticated than the previous. By 1894, he had successfully demonstrated the single trigger on a side by side to the sporting press in London.
Still, Robertson must have felt that he needed to do more in order to validate his single trigger. Thus, over a two-year period, he set about building a 12-bore prototype, triple-barrel, SxSxS shotgun that relied on the single trigger.
Understandably, it is extremely difficult and expensive to make such a gun. Nonetheless, it was Robertson’s way of “cocking a snoot” at the London gun trade who had been trying to verbally undermine the flawless operation of the Boss single-trigger system.
The first SxSxS prototype of the Boss & Co. was a 12-bore built in 1898 with serial number 4605. Since it was never actually ordered, no reference appears in the Boss Order Ledgers. Number 4605 was subsequently sold to a Mr. Herbert Lawton on July 3, 1922 (24 years later). Mr. Roy Lyu, former General Manager of Boss & Co, Best Gunmakers, reports it was lost in a house fire while in the custody of Lawton.
On July 3, 1899 Boss & Co. was commissioned by Signor W. Baldi of Florence, Italy to build a 16 bore SxSxS shotgun that fired with the famous, patented single trigger design concomitant with the Boss & Co name. This gun was completed on June 21, 1901 bearing serial number 4690. The length of delivery time confirmed the complexity of the build process.
With the loss of number 4605, 4690 is the world’s only known enduring example. It has been entrusted to Griffin & Howe for sale, marking the first time the only 16-bore SxSxS has become generally available. The overall condition and considerable amount of case color remaining belies its 117 years of age. It is offered at $333,333.33.00
For more information, visit Griffin & Howe’s Three Barrel Boss page.
This shotgun is just plain strange. It’s a 12 gauge Boss & Co. side-by-side built on a Purdey/Beesley self-opening action, and it’s coming up in Holt’s Fine Modern & Antique Guns auction on Thursday 16th March 2017.
Purdey patented the Beesley hammerless self-opening action in 1880. By the time this Boss was built (1908), that patent had expired. So Boss was free to build this gun without paying Purdey s single cent in licensing fees. But that doesn’t mean Boss went ahead and did it.
The Beesley action is difficult to make and nothing like the action Boss uses on its side-by-sides. So rather than manufacture this gun themselves, I think Boss had Purdey (Purdey’s outworkers) do it for them. Here’s why:
- While the action is filed up like a Boss, the fences look like they belong on a Purdey
- The toplever, tail of the topstrap, and safety looks more Purdey than Boss
- The screws securing the locks to the action are a hybrid of Purdey & Boss styles
- The action features striker discs and firing-pin retaining screws. Boss didn’t add these to SxSs they made until the late ’20s
- It looks like it has Purdey ejectors
A RARE BOSS &CO 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels: Original Whitworth-steel 30in. nitro chopperlump barrels, rib engraved ‘BOSS & CO. 73 ST. JAMES’S STREET. LONDON.’ and gold-inlaid ‘1’ at the breech end, tubes engraved ‘SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S PRESSED FLUID STEEL’, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, rib slightly loose, right wall at 18; extra 28in. unsigned nitro barrels (by another), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke; self-opening action with removable striker discs, toplever gold-inlaid ‘1’, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining traces of original colour-hardening, 14 3/8in. figured stock, weight 6lb. 7oz. (original barrels) and 6lb. 9oz. (extra barrels), in a brass-cornered oak and leather case with provision for the 30in. barrels only, the extra 28in. barrels in a canvas leg of mutton slip. Estimate £7,000-9,000
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was completed on the 26th August 1908 as No.1 of a pair of ‘Purdey Action’ guns for an Edward Bunbury.
Back in the 1950s, Otto Weiss was a young gunmaker working at W. Glaser in Zurich. He had grown up in the guntrade, and by the time he was in Switzerland, he had already worked for two of Germany’s most famous firms: Ernst Thälmann Werke and Merkel. So he knew a bit about shotguns.
At Glaser, he had an experience which changed his life. “When I was in Switzerland and came across some high-quality English guns, I thought ‘this is what I have to do’.” Fulfilling this ambition took him to London where he worked for Purdeys and then back to Germany where he met fellow gunmaker Gerhard Hartmann. Together, they formed — Hartmann & Weiss.
Today, many people believe Hartmann & Weiss is the finest gunmaker in the world. The over-under you see here is a good reason why. Built on Boss designs (with some improvements from H&W) and engraved by Ralph Bone, it’s about as perfect a shotgun as I’ve seen.
Check out these posts to see more pics of stunning Hartmann & Weiss OUs: It’s 1905 all over again & A HARTMANN & WEISS 20g Over and Under Engraved by Alan Brown & The English and German Gunmakers. Hartmann & Weiss and Boss & Co.
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE: I THINK THAT THERE ARE ONLY 4 OR 5 OF THESE IN EXISTENCE. ENGRAVED IN THE KELTIC STYLE BY THE LATE RALPH BONE 27″ BARRELS WITH A SOLID RIB IC AND MOD 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS BOSS STYLE FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2″ X 1 9/16″ X 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $199,500
Boss & Co builds fantastic doubles. But some of their guns are peculiar–like the SxS you see here. With double beads on the action, banner-style engraving, and lovely patina, it’s one of the nicest pre-WW1 Boss side-by-sides I’ve seen. But it does have a quirk.
Compare its forend to the forend on other Boss SxSs (like this one) and you’ll see it: The missing diamond-shaped medallion in the center of the checkering. That medallion seats the screw going up through the forend, and into the iron. Some makers don’t use a connection like this to pull these pieces together. But every other Boss I’ve ever seen does — except this one. So what’s up?
I have no idea. Does this shotgun have standard Boss ejectors? Yup. Is everything else about the forend the same as on other Boss SxSs from the same period? Yup, again. Is the forend wood thinner than on other Boss SxSs? Nope. Could the gun have been ordered this way? Perhaps — but unlikely. I can’t imagine a customer specifying a detail like that. They would have to be a bigger doublegun dork than I am.
So what could I be? Perhaps it was just what gunmaker had available at the moment, or perhaps he wanted to try something else out. Or maybe the piece was lost and the foreman say “Make it right or you’re not getting paid” to the guy who messed up. We’ll never know.
What we do know is that it’s beautiful. I wish it were mine.
BTW: Just to set things straight, I think this gun is 100% right. I’ve had it in my hands, and it’s great.
A friend sent me this pic. I felt sick when I saw it. I can’t imagine how the gun’s owner feels. It’s vintage Boss & Co. SxS. After a stumble and fall, the stock’s completely broken.
Fortunately, a good stockmaker can make it right again and even make the stock stronger than ever.
The images below are from www.thestockdr.com. They show how some time and talent can make it look like the break was never there.