Gallery of Great Guns: a stunning 16 gauge Winchester M21 Deluxe Skeet…

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Here’s another addition to the Gallery of Great Guns. This double-barrel, side-by-side shotgun was auctioned off by James D. Julia Auctions in the spring of 2012.

RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB. SN 13223. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Barrels with raised, ventilated rib, match specifications in factory letter with Bradley red bead front sight and Winchester white metal middle sight. Bbl flats are stamped with “16 Gauge”, SN, patent information, and “2-3/4 Cham”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Winchester Proof Steel” “WS-1” and “WS-2”. Standard blued action is fitted with single selective trigger.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Action and bbls are engraved with classic pre-war number 5 engraving, as most certainly executed by Alden George Ulrich, with about 50% coverage of flowing scrollwork framing vignettes of dogs and game. Setter with bird in mouth is on bottom of action; pheasant on left; grouse on right side; rare vignette of pointer is on trigger guard bow. Nicely crotch figured American walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over factory leather-faced open-sided red pad, with deluxe checkering pattern, checkered sidepanels and vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching beavertail forend has SN on iron, and rib between bbl channels. Bore diameter: left-.664, right -.667. Bore restrictions: left -.005, right -.002. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14″.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

PROVENANCE: Cody Firearms Museum letter with specs along with build receipts and final inspection reports showing this gun made for P. A. Roper and dated 6/13/40.

CONDITION: Extremely fine. All specifications matching those on orig factory build information, and nearly all orig finish is remaining, with only a few minor marks on bbls. Sharp edges of action are silvering, blue on bottom beginning to thin slightly. Trigger guard is graying on edges and grip. Stock retains nearly all its orig finish beginning to rub through on flutes and top of comb, with a few minor marks. Checkering is only slightly worn. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors in time. Trigger works. A truly fine investment quality Winchester M21 sporting classic. SOLD FOR $34, 500

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Awesome! A super original 1933 Holland & Holland Modele De Luxe double rifle…

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

Many collectors believe that London-made shotgun built between World War 1 and World War 2 are among the finest side-by-sides and over-unders ever created. Take a look at the double rifle you see here and you’ll understand why. Holland & Holland was known for making the best double rifles in the world, and the Modele De Luxe was the top gun – the absolute very best of he best in 1933 and today.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED: #31475, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London: A Holland & Holland Hand Detachable Back Action Sidelock Royal “Modele De Luxe” Ejector 240 Magnum Flanged with the Bolstered Frame, Made in the Golden Era of 1933. It has 25″ Ejector Chopper Lump barrels with rib extension third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Fold over night sight, Original Nitro Proof at 31 1/2 Cordite – 100 grain bullet & a 2 1/2″ case. The small size action body is complete with a bolstered frame, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Hand detachable locks, Extended top tang over the comb of the stock, Rolled trigger guard edge, The stock with a trap grip cap with a spare front sight, Shadowline cheekpiece, 13 7/8″ LOP over a 7/8″ Silvers pad, Proper 240 weight at 8 lbs. 5 oz.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

This Royal “Modele De Luxe” has 100% coverage of the typical but seldom seen pre-war Deluxe engraving with baroque gargoyles, serpents, dragons, grotesque masks and sneering faces. This is very well cut engraving with a fair amount of cut relief. The stock on this gun is with Deluxe wood that has excellent color and contrast of deep blacks and brown. It has an engraved trap grip cap with a sneering face and a spare front sight inside.

The piece retains 99% original & vivid case colors, The barrels have 99% original blue, The trigger guard blue is 100%, The original oil stock finish remains at 98%, The checkering is at 100%, Every screw is 100%, The bores are excellent plus and appear as new, The locks are in the same condition as the outside of the gun, The stock inletting is clean and solid in every respect and looks like it was cut yesterday. The whole is cased in the maker’s original brass cornered leather trunk with a canvas cover, all accessories including spare strikers, turnscrews, snap caps & cleaning gear.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

The piece has all the appearance of never being fired and is almost like walking out of 98 New Bond Street 80 years ago with a brand new gun. This Classic Royal “Modele De Luxe” piece remains in superb condition, a fun cartridge, outstanding wood that will go a lifetime, bores like new, bolstered frame and is a top drawer Deluxe gun from one of the greatest sporting gun makers of the British trade. We have loaded for this cartridge and can do it again if you want us to go there but it appears unfired. Price: $85,000.00

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

A king of condition: 16g Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box

Fox Sterlingworths used to be one of the best buys in American shotguns. Hunters realized this and made it the company’s best seller. From 1910 to about 1940, the A.H. Fox and then the Savage Arms Company shipped around 140,000 of these great side-by-side shotguns to shooters throughout North America.

Most Sterlies were used hard for years. Swept across barbed-wire, smacked into rock walls by wincing owners, and carried with hope through rainy openings-days. Other Sterlies their stock cut down to fit a kid a brother and their blueing rubbed away by October after October of grimy, sweat-soaked leather guns.  Not that the guns minded.

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box

But today’s collectors do. So even though thousands of Sterlies have survived, few are in the kind of pristine condition that makes collectors crazy. That’s what makes the 16g Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe you see here so special. It’s also why it sold within a few hours of appearing online.

Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 16 gauge, New in Box: A Utica-Made Sterlingworth Deluxe 16 gauge, 28″ bbls, Mod & Full. Featuring factory double ivory beads and factory Jostam pad. The shotgun shows very light handling marks and was used little if at all. Nearly all of the original case color and barrel blue. Includes original box and packing material. Any Fox shotgun in this condition would nearly impossible to upgrade. Price: $4,000.00

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16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box

You have to check out this awesome J.P. Sauer Deluxe side by side…

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

If you’re into nice shotguns, James D. Julia’s firearms auctions are a big deal. Held in the spring and fall, these sales bring some of the world’s finest shotguns and rifles to market.

This J.P Sauer Deluxe side-by-side is one of those great shotguns. Doubles like this rarely hit the open market. If you’re a gun nut like I am, just seeing something this exceptional is a thrill. Here are all the details on it from the auctioneerL

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Lot 2206: AN EXCEPTIONAL DEEP RELIEF CARVED AND GOLD INLAID J. P. SAUER DELUXE GAME GUN: SN 122896. Cal. 12 ga. This wonderful top of the line Sauer gun has 29-3/4″ chopper lump bbls with raised, concave, matted rib, engraved “J. P. Sauer & Son” in milled out portion. Tops of bbls are engraved with Krupp steel information and 3-ring logos. Bbl flats are stamped with German imperial proofs, caveman logos, and are engraved “Prussia”. There are 2-1/2″ triangles of exquisitely detailed and beautifully carved, high relief, large, scrolled, open, shaded acanthus at breech ends; muzzles with more scroll and geometric bands. Scallop-backed boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), side clips, hidden crossbolt third fasteners, and double triggers. It is engraved with the same classic scroll as found on bbls, except acanthus leaves are more pronounced.

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

This exceptional scroll frames wonderfully detailed vignettes of feathered game; with relief gold inlaid trio of partridge on left; pair of flying geese over marsh on right; and family group of black grouse, one cock, lyre tail spread, standing on rock; with two onlooking hens. Blued top lever has pierced acanthus carved thumbpiece. Trigger guard, with matching scroll, has gold inlaid retriever on bow, and SN at grip. Dark, nicely streaked, and full fiddle figured European walnut steel capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over matching scroll engraved skeleton steel buttplate. A gold shield is on toe line engraved “G. P.” Side panels are nicely carved with relief scrolled acanthus. Checkering is of standard point pattern. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release.

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Bore diameter: left-.727, right -.722. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.026 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.036. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Included with gun is Abercrombie & Fitch hang tag giving specifications, with a price of $500.00.

Skeleton Buttplate on the 12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Skeleton Buttplate on the 12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

PROVENANCE: Letter from Griffin & Howe with specifications for gun, as taken on consignment in 1953. It was sold in 1953 for $500.00. Hang tag.

CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain essentially all of a factory quality re-blue, with minimal polishing and loss to engraving. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, vivid where protected. High edges and tops of engraving have wonderful hand worn brilliant silver patina, to very fine effect. Top lever is silvered at thumbpiece. Stocks retain what appears to be their orig finish with a few minor marks. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout with evidence of a dent being removed from left bbl, 9″ back from muzzle. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Close inspection of this fine shotgun leaves no doubt as to why these are often referred to as “Masterpiece” guns. Tag is fine.

ESTIMATE: $20,000 – $30,000

Gripcap on the 12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Gripcap on the 12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction alert: Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe, Winchester 21s, and a lot more…

There are two decent gun auctions coming up over the next few weeks.

Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side-by-side shotgun
Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side-by-side shotgun

12/10: DuMouchelles, Detroit, MI.

These guys have a few Winchester Model 21s and ¬†this 12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side by side shotgun that was made for the 1900 Paris Exhibition. This H&H may be a really nice gun. It has an original single trigger, beautiful engraving, and a lot of nice finish. The problem is that the barrels may have been cut from 30″ to 28″. Either way, it’s worth checking out.

12/18: Morphy’s Auctions, Denver, PA

There area handful of decent side-by-sides shotguns at this auction, inlcuding some Parkers, a Syracuse Arms, a decent looking Lefever, and a neat Whitney. The guns look clean and original.

Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side-by-side shotgun
Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side-by-side shotgun
Whitney side-by-side shotgun
Whitney side-by-side shotgun
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