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

 

Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore
Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore

Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore: Beautiful and high art AHE 12ga gun.  Made with 30″ Acme steel barrels, straight stock, and double triggers.  The gun features superb engraving with 13 animals engraved in beautiful full coverage scroll.  Beautiful buttstock with thick comb.  When you study a gun like this, it is easy to see why Parker Bros. sold nearly 250k shotguns in their time in business! Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The stocks have been expertly restored and retain nearly all of their hand rubbed oil finish.  Barrels have been expertly restored and retain virtually all of their proper, toned blue.  Action retains about 80% case color over the well defined and deep engraving. This is an extremely beautiful gun with a lot of merit.  If you have been looking for a fairly priced high grade Parker, look no further. Price: $15,500

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16" barrel
A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel: Stock has a few light handling marks but is in Excellent condition. LOP measures 14-1/4″. Drop at the heel measures 2-7/16″ and the comb measures 1-9/16″. Bore is smooth and shiny, looks excellent. The chamber wall thickness measures 5mm. Barrels look great. Both barrels are modified chokes. Gun is in excellent condition and ready for hunting. Price: $4,999.99

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)
Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model): 28″ Chokes: IC – MOD L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 8 oz Ser. #: 11555. Price: $4,950

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS
Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS: This is a sweet and trim little double. Ketnner made very high quality doubles. It has just been restocked and looks great. The 24 ga.was the European ga. for European woodcock. Serial Number: 2686. Barrels: 281/4 inches. Action: extractor. Triggers: double. Stock Comb: 1 & 1/2. Stock Heel: 2 & 3/8. Stock Cast: 1/4. Fore End: semi BT. Butt Pad: plastic. LOP: 14 & 3/4 inches. Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz.. Chokes: ic/mod. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: 30 thou. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: 30 thou. Price: $4450.

BERETTA - SxS - - 426E - 20ga 28" - SST - Ejectors:
BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors:

BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors: Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-1/4, Drop 1-1/2 to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 4 oz. Metal is Excellent 98+%. Gun is mechanically perfect – very tight with lever well right of center. Wood has been refinished, and the sharp points of the checkering was taken down. Price: $1940

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Westley Richards " Ovundo " 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector
Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector

Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector: A sweet beautiful  light 5lb 9oz   20ga  single trigger (selective)  straight english stock  to a checkered butt with toe and heel plates  Great case colors   great engraving on a scalloped frame knockout wood. Price: $25,995

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY 20 GAUGE THIS IS THE BEST 20 THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED  AND ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD 28″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEAR NEW CONDITION 5LBS 12 OZ X 2 3/4″ X 1 3/4″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $15,000

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY 20 GAUGE: 
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY 20 GAUGE:
Charles Daly Prussian Best Quality Over Under 12 Ga - Near Mint Condition - 1930's
Charles Daly Prussian Best Quality Over Under 12 Ga – Near Mint Condition – 1930’s

Charles Daly Prussian Best Quality Over Under 12 Ga – Near Mint Condition – 1930’s: An absolutely georgeous Charles Daly Prussian Over/Under with full ownership history from the 1930’s just purchased from the original owner’s granddaughter. Shotgun has 30 inch barrels choked full and full. Checkering is so fine I cannot measure it. A wonderful matching stock and three piece forend of the most beautiful circassian walnut. All the original blue and all the original case color with only the slightest of handling marks on the wood.  Perfect bores and chambers.  Full coverage scroll engraving by an unnamed master. All original and almost too good to be true. Price: $12,995

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG – LAUNCH EDITION – NEW IN CASE – 20 GA. 28 INCH: LAUNCH EDITION -20 GAUGE NEW IN CASE – 28″ BARRELS WITH FIVE  SCREW IN CHOKES  – STRAIGHT STOCK – 6 LBS  6OZS. – ROLLED EDGE TRIGGER  GAURD – ACCESS.  & PAPER WORK WITH CASE . Price: $3,800

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG - LAUNCH EDITION - NEW IN CASE - 20 GA. 28 INCH
CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG – LAUNCH EDITION – NEW IN CASE – 20 GA. 28 INCH
WERTGARNER, KARL 16 AUSTRIAN SIDELOCK EJECT- 29 3/4" KRUPP Bbls.- 70% ENGRAVING- SIDECLIPS- HIDDEN CROSSBOLT- NICE PIECE
WERTGARNER, KARL 16 AUSTRIAN SIDELOCK EJECT- 29 3/4″ KRUPP Bbls.- 70% ENGRAVING- SIDECLIPS- HIDDEN CROSSBOLT- NICE PIECE

WERTGARNER, KARL 16 AUSTRIAN SIDELOCK EJECT- 29 3/4″ KRUPP Bbls.- 70% ENGRAVING- SIDECLIPS- HIDDEN CROSSBOLT- NICE PIECE: #3611, K. (Karl) Wertgarner, Enns, An Austrian 16 Bore Back Action Sidelock Ejector Made in 1910, 29 3/4″ Prima Essen Krupp Steel ejector barrels at .668 .012 & .021″ (Skt.II & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .032″ & on the left at .035″, Nitro proved in Ferlach, Rib extension with a hidden crossbolt, Sideclip action body, Double triggers, 70% coverage of very nice scroll engraving, Excellent wood with great black/brown contrast, Splinter forend with a Deeley & Edge release, Pistol grip stock at 14 11/16″ x 1 3/8 x 2 1/2″ over a full face basket weave horn buttplate, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 6 lbs. 6 oz., Horn grip cap, European style shadowline cheekpiece, 50% original case colors remain, The barrels reblacked & now at 99% with all inscriptions as sharp as the day they were cut, The stock reoiled but I don’t believe ever sanded & now at 96%, The checkering remains at 98% with the forend that has 98% coverage, The barrels are excellent inside and out. This is a lot of gun for this kind of money plus it points like a dream. ///////////////////////// Wertgarner in Austria has been around since 1820. Karl Wertgarner was there until 1944 and the firm is still in existence to this very day in the sporting gun trade. Price: $3,750.

 

Introducing the Gallery of Great Guns: Exhibiting the world’s finest double barrel shotguns and rifles…

 

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX SxS A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls with slightly raised, narrow, matted, concave rib, are marked with “Chromox Steel”. Sold for $9,775

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2" Chambers. 26" Bbls
HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame. Sold for $11,500

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers. No. 2 Frame
EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame

EXCEPTIONAL ONE-OF-A-KIND PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag. Sold for $74,750

PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag
PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SIDE-BY-SIDE GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Sold for $69,000.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers.
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers.

Nice looking SxS: A Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge…

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26" Barrels
Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels

Here’s another nice grouse gun. This little Charles Daly is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 11/27/2013 @ 9:48:25 AM ET. Made during World War 1, it looks like it’s still in excellent original condition.

Regarding Charles Daly, he was a businessman, not a gunmaker. Around 1875 he partnered with August Shoverling and started importing shotguns into the United States from Prussia/Germany. The side-by-sides they brought in were marketed under the Charles Daly name, and up to about WW2 they were some of the finest double-barrel shotguns offered in the US.

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26" Barrels
Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels
Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26" Barrels
Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels: It is an Anson & Deeley boxlock in 16 gauge and is marked “Charles Daly” on both sides of the receiver, “Made in Prussia” on the watertables, “Prussia” on the barrel flats, “J. P. Sauer & Sohn, Suhl” on the top of both barrels and “Fluid Steel Krupp Essen” on the top barrel rib. The beauty of this piece is in its workmanship and condition. Adorned with just a bit of scroll and line engraving on the receiver, the gun is in 98% – almost mint – condition. It looks almost unused, amazing for a piece nearly 100 years old! The 26 inch Krupp steel barrels retain about 99% of their original blue with just one little scratch on the surface of the left tube. They chime like bells when dinged with your fingernail. The top rib has a doll’s head extension that locks into the top of the receiver for extra strength. The extension itself is carved to look like a scallop shell. The chamber lengths are 2 ½ inches.

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26" Barrels
Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels

The barrels are choked improved cylinder and cylinder, perfect for upland game and the bores are perfect. Extractors, not ejectors. The receiver and triggerguard are case-hardened. The colors have pretty much faded now but if you look closely you will still see quite a lot of subtle colors plus some areas that are quite vivid. There is a bit of subtle scroll and line engraving. The screws have never been turned and amazingly every screw on the sides of the receiver is held in place by a tiny set screw. True Prussian quality. The wood is very nicely grained walnut with just a few extremely light dings from careful hunting use. About all of the original varnish remains and I would rate the wood at 98%. Finely checkered round knob wrist and forend with no damaged diamonds. There is an un-engraved initial oval inlaid into the stock about 3 inches in front of the heel. The butt is finished with a horn buttplate held in place with engraved screws. Length of pull is 14 inches. Drop at comb is 1 ½ inches. Drop at heel is 2 5/8 inches. Weight is 6 pounds 5 ounces. The gun comes with its original leg-o-mutton case in excellent condition including the case’s original key.

Awesome Gun Alert: a super 20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond side-by-side…

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Wow – check out this 20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond shotgun that just hit the market. it appears to be in excellent original condition. This side-by-side looks like it’s spectacular original condition. While it’s not cheap ($24,000), that price is pretty fair when you consider how rare and well made it is.

Regent Diamonds were the most “deluxe” of deluxe guns that Lindner made for Charles Daly (go to this post to compare it to a regular Diamond). The workmanship on them is absolutely top notch. Just check out how beautifully sculpted the action, fences and toplever are. Even though the gold on this one is a bit over the top, it’s well tastefully executed so that it helps make this a real elegant little gun.

Charles Daly 20 gauge Regent Diamond double barrel shotgun #2390:

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Chamber: 2 1/2 “

Length: 26 ”
Chokes: IC/F

Lop: 14 1/2 ”

Pad thickness: 1 ”
Type of butt: Old English Pad
Drop comb: 1 3/4 ”
Drop heel: 2 7/8 ”

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: On
Weight: 5 lbs, 8 oz

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Another Charles Daly, this one a Diamond Grade…

I wrote about this 24 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond grade A couple weeks ago. Today, lets look at a much earlier Daly double barrel.

Charles Daly Diamond Grade double barrel shotgun
Charles Daly Diamond Grade double barrel shotgun

This is a 12 gauge Diamond grade, one step down from the Regent Diamond, but in many ways a much more beautiful side by side. This gun was made in the 19th century, probably around 1892. Back then, Daly’s Diamond grade was their best shotgun, and Lindner went out of his way to make sure these were exceptional guns. You can see this quality in how well the action is sculpted and the stock is formed. The engraving is also fantastic.

The other thing I like about this gun i how no one thing steals the show. Instead, the wood, the engraving, the Extra Fine Damascus barrels, and the entire gun come together in one stunning impression.

Instead saying “Look at that wood” or “Wow, what fancy engraving,” I looked at this Daly and thought “Look at that ‘friggin gun!” To me, that’s what makes a a side-by-side a Best quality gun.

 

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