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

 

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:
Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance: Made in 1899 for Washington, DC-based sporting goods retailer William Wagner, this gun was given to Mr. Wagner “compliments of Parker Bros.”  per the factory order.  The gun is an early Pigeon gun with several special order features including the rib which is inscribed “Mfg. for Wm. Wagner”.  The gun was made with 30″ Whitworth Fluid steel barrels, double triggers, splinter forend, and has had ejectors added by Parker a few years after manufacture.  The gun has a straight grip buttstock and was ordered with a checkered butt per the factory order.  The stocks measure 1-5/8″ DAC, 2-3/8″ DAH, and 14-1/4″ LOP over the original checkered butt.  Made with 2-3/4″ chambers the barrels measure .734(rt) and .735(left) with chokes of .039(full) and .044(extra full).  The gun weighs 7lbs 8oz currently.  Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The barrels retain 99% of an expert restored blue finish. The action retains traces of original case color which is vivid in protected areas, toned elsewhere.  The stocks retain most of an expert restored finish, comb lowered long ago, and are crisp with light checkering wear.

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:
Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:

William Wagner & Son was an important sporting goods dealer in Washington, DC, and was responsible for selling many many Parker shotguns. Parker Bros. no doubt gave him this gun in appreciation of his many sales of fine Parker shotguns.

There is a set of 32″ Acme barrels that have been added to this gun with an original A1 Special forend.  This set of barrels will be made available to the purchaser of the gun and really makes this a wonderful shoooting outfit! A very rare Parker with unique history and rib inscription.  If you are looking for a historically significant Parker with great shooting qualities, and killer aesthetics, look no further.  Price: $28,900

Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish)
Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish)

Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish): 26″ Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Stock #: 7845. Price: $24,900 

STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30" bbls
STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30″ bbls

STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30″ bbls: SxS, Fine English scroll engraved back action hammer rotary underlever action, Professionally restored by Nick Makinson, Gun #1 of an orphaned pair, Built in 1882 for the 5th Earl of Clarendon, Edward Hyde Villiers. Lord Hyde served between 1846-1905 as Lord Chamberlain of the British Liberal Unionist party. 30″ Damascus bbls. w/ 2 1/2″ chambers, Barrels re-browned in U.K. (not nitro proofed), Concave rib, Chokes: Right .731 / .013 / IC & Left .731 / .031 / F, Double triggers, External Hammers, Extractors, Straight stock w/ checkered butt, Heel and toe plates, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 1/2″ x DH: 2 1/4″ x Cast: 1/4″ off at 4 1/2″ x LOP: 14 1/2″, Weight: 6 lb. 13 oz., Condition: Excellent restored w/ maker’s leather-covered case, Made in England, Serial #5149. Price: $5995.

Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. - Unfired:
Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. – Unfired:

Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. – Unfired: #56101.Made in 2012 , imported by us, this gun has never left the gun vault. 26” barrels, chrome lined bores .664  with .009” and .015” constriction (Imp Cyl and Mod) swamped rib. Ejectors. 100% inside and out. Special ordered scalloped action with no engraving, a case color harden frame and blacked furniture. Double triggers, firing pin discs, manual safety, all in like new condition. Weight is 6Lbs. Nice fiddle back walnut  English stock with a 14 ¼” LOP over a ¼” wood butt plate, drop is 1 ½” and 2 5/8” with 3/8 cast off, semi beaver tail forend. The wood finish and checkering are in 99% original condition with the faintest handling marks. Light, well balanced, fast handling shotgun. Price: $3,890.

A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SxS Boxlock shotgun
A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SxS Boxlock shotgun

A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SXS Boxlock Shotgun: A high quality, high condition European game from one of Belgium’s finest makers.  Ejectors, Articulating front trigger, Manual safe, Greener crossbolt, Purdy underbites, Brazed barrels, Horn grip cap and butt plate, Nice wood, Strong case color. Tasteful hand engraving, Well balanced and in 16ga to boot! No dents, cracks or pits. Price: $1895

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W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH GREAT ORIGINAL PATTERN 016 AND 034  CHOKES 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS BLACK POWDER PROOFED DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR 7LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 5/8″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $16,500

JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN – CIRCA 1796 – In Manton BooksA Cased 16-Bore D.B. Flintlock Sporting Gun by John Manton, London, Serial No. 2696, Circa 1796 Beautiful damascus 34″/85cm barrels signed with maker’s name “MANTON – LONDON” in gold on the sunken rib with silver foresight. London proof marks. Case-hardened patent breeches each with two engraved gold lines and gold-lined touch-hole, grooved tang finely engraved with scrolls, flowers, and foliage, signed flat beveled locks each with stepped tail, blued steel-spring, roller bearing on a ramp, and gold-lined semi-rainproof pan, the internal working parts retaining much of their original blue.

JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN - CIRCA 1796
JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN – CIRCA 1796

Nicely figured walnut half-stock, chequered grip, raised cheek-piece, finely engraved iron mounts including scroll trigger-guard, the tang of the butt-plate with a dog and bird, trigger-plate with large pineapple finial, silver escutcheon engraved with owner’s initial ‘A’, a star and crescent above, silver barrel-bolt escutcheons, and brass-mounted ramrod. Cased in associated re-lined and refitted mahogany case with some accessories, the exterior of the lid with large circular escutcheon incorporating the flush-fitting carrying handle. Accessories include double sided single charge brass powder flask and pigskin flint roll-up pouch. Price: $16,500

PARKER BROS VH 28ga SXS Shotgun, 28" barrels, Mfg 1912
PARKER BROS VH 28ga SXS Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mfg 1912

PARKER BROS VH 28ga SxS Shotgun, 28″ bbls, Mfg 1912: Price: $12,900

Serial #  158698
Choke R  F (.029)
Choke L  F (.029)
Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Dogs head buttplate
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Other Options  “0” Frame, 2 1/2″ chambers, Vulcan steel barrels, Shield in toe of stock, Factory letter
Condition  EXC. Condition
Weight  5#13oz
Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 with 0 cast

DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE29″ 007 AND 016 2  3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 7LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $9,950

PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28″ BBLS28″ CYLINDER AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF CASE COLOR 4LBS 15 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″.  Price: $8,500

PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28" BBLS
PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28″ BBLS

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DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 27″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 3 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 9/16 X 14 1/8. Price: $7,500

WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS – FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING – ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884Here is a WC Scott 12 gauge – Model 67 with elegant cicular hammers. Completely original condition.  Made in 1884. Elegant fine scroll and resting swan in water scene engraving. WC Scott patent lever forend latch. Double undebite. Rebounding hammers. Case colors. Strong damascus pattern. Bores as original – both barrels measure .730 with 30/1000 choke. Barrel length is 28″. Chambers measure just slighly less than 2 3/4″. Tight on face. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 7/8″, Drop at Heel – 3 1/2″. Price: $3,400

WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS - FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING - ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884
WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS – FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING – ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884
Rizzini - Aurum Classic - 20ga - 3" - 29-1/8" - Factory Chokes
Rizzini – Aurum Classic – 20ga – 3″ – 29-1/8″ – Factory Chokes

Rizzini – Aurum Classic – 20ga – 3″ – 29-1/8″ – Factory Chokes: Round Knob Pistol Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Excellent Plus Condition – Metal is about 99% As New. Fired very little – lever is well over to right. Wood shows some handling marks from use in the field. Includes: Box, Papers, Six Chokes, Choke Wrench. Price: $2,350

J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY.  12 GA DOUBLE: AUTO EJECTORS  DOUBLE TRIGGER. LOP 14 1/8″ DAH 1 1/4″ DAH 1 1/2″ WEIGHT 6 LBS  7OZ BARREL LENGTH 28 1/4″ CHOKES RIGHT BARREL MODIFIED LEFT BARREL FULL. SERIAL NUMBERS ALL MATCHING ((400401)) CHAMBER LENGTH MARKED 2 3/4″ FACTORY BARREL BLUE 90%, BUTT STOCK FACTORY SAUER PLATE FINISH VERY GOOD,NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, FOREARM EXCELLENT NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, GREENER CROSS BOLT  SCALPPED RECEIVER.  BORES EXCELLENT FREE ON DENTS AND NO PITTING.  BARRELS TIGHT TO FACE. HAS FACTORY LEATHER COVERED CASE WITH COMPARTMENTS((INTERIOR HAS BEEN REDONE ). Price: $1,795

J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY.  12 GA DOUBLE
J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY. 12 GA DOUBLE
BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/U
BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/U

BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/USerial # 109xx, circa mid 1980’s.  Absolutely excellent ++, extractor, TL, O/U 410 with 27″ barrels, choked Full & Mod, 3″ chambers, machined vent rib, weighing 5.5 lbs and retaining 99+ blue. Double trigger, cross-bolt, side plated boxlock, border engraved with “Bruno Castellani” on the left, and “Gardone, Italy” on the right sideplates in banners.  Castellani was a retailer in Gardone during the 1980’s.  The entire receiver & sideplates covered in 100% casecolors and protective varnish.  Excellent, finely and extensively checkered european walnut with 1/2 PG, 1 1/2″ & 2 1/2″ drop, 14 3/8″ LOP over solid black pad and neutral cast. Price: $1395

Great guns you can barely give away…

Most Belgian double barrel shotguns get a bad rap in this country. Unless they’re by one of the big names, like Francotte or Lebeau Courally, nobody wants them. That’s too bad, really. There a lot of barely know Belgian makers out there, and many of them made fantastic guns. In fact, some of these guns are on par with best-grade shotguns from the big English makers.

The good part of this is that these guns are fantastic values. While you can easily spend 2x-3x more for a bigger English name, or something trendy from Italy, you won’t be buying that much more gun.

Here are a few examples on the market right now:

12 gauge Ernest Wilmart double barrel sidelock ejector shotgun
12 gauge Ernest Wilmart double barrel sidelock ejector shotgun

An Ernest Wilmart 12 gauge sidelock ejector: Of the three gunmakers listed here, Ernest Wilmart is the only one I could find some information on. The firm was founded in 1879. This gun is a very fine sidelock ejector, finished and engraved and a very “Belgian” style. While its aesthetics may not be to your liking, it’s quality is pretty apparent. If this gun had a good decent British name on it, it would be priced in the $15,000 range. Right now, I think it’s still $3000-$4000 over priced. How many guys do you know who are lusting for a Wilmart?

A 12 bore double barrel sidelock ejector by “Fabrication Artisanal Ligeoise”: This is a good gun by a maker who is totally unknown to me. I couldn’t find anything about them, either. Judging by the name, I wonder if they were a cooperative or association of makers? Again, no idea. Regardless, though, this is a quality shotgun.

12 gauge Belgian-made double barrel sidelock ejector shotgun
12 gauge Belgian-made double barrel sidelock ejector shotgun

A DeFourney 16 gauge sidelock ejector side by side: This is a name I’ve heard. There were several DeFourney  (or Defournys) in the Liege from about 1870 and on. I’m not sure which one made this gun. But whoever did knew what they were doing. If you put this gun side by side with a Holland & Holland Royal, I think you would have a hard time telling me what makes the Holland worth $20,000 more. This little 16 gauge is THAT nice. These days, the engraving alone would cost more than the $7,000 asking price.

a 16 gauge DeFourney double barrel sidelock ejector side by side shotgun

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