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Holland & Holland 12 gauge SXS Badminton High Grade 12GA sidelock TRIPTYCH
Holland & Holland 12 gauge SXS Badminton High Grade 12GA sidelock TRIPTYCH

Holland & Holland 12 gauge SXS Badminton High Grade 12GA sidelock TRIPTYCH: Serial #21564 ; 21565 & 24660, 30” bbls, IC & C, straight grip, almost mint overall condition, 6 lbs. 9,5 oz, makers Oak & Leather with accessories. Price: $69,000

CHARLES DALY DIAMOND REGENT 16 GAUGE SxS: 28″ IC AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 5LB 13 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 7/16 X 14. Price: $32,500.00

CHARLES DALY DIAMOND REGENT 16 GAUGE SxS
CHARLES DALY DIAMOND REGENT 16 GAUGE SxS
Outstanding Churchill PREMIER GRADE Pre War Game Gun Pinless Action
Outstanding Churchill PREMIER GRADE Pre War Game Gun Pinless Action

Outstanding Churchill PREMIER GRADE Pre-War Game Gun Pinless Action: Pinless Sidelock Action 90% + ORIGINAL COLORS, 95% Original barrel black. A fine example of an unmolested PreWar English Best A perfect gun for the vintage clays shooter or vintage flyer shooter.  30″ Barrels. 2 3/4″ Chambers  Choked F&F DT. Made in 1930. Price $25,000.

LC Smith Trap Grade 16 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun:
LC Smith Trap Grade 16 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

LC Smith Trap Grade 16 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun: 28” bbls, 2 ½” chambers, Full & Fuller, Hunter One trigger, some dings in wood, bright bores, Finish and edge wear; rubs; case coloring remaining on receiver 14 LOP; 1 1/2 DAC; 2 1/8 DAH, Grooved composition plate butt, 6 lbs 9 ozs. Price: $2,999

ITHACA 12 Gauge Flues Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun: 32″ bbls choked full and mod. Marked on the receiver is “2”. Has ejectors and double triggers. Ejectors function well. Excl bores. Wood is fine cond with sharp checkering. Stock measures 14″ to the end of the orig hard rubber buttplate. Gun is in fine cond with 97-98% bright orig blue. Receiver is nicely engraved with 75% case colors turning nickel color on the bottom. Bright blue on trigger guard. Fine old gun. Price: $ 1,875.

ITHACA 12 Gauge Flues Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun
ITHACA 12 Gauge Flues Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun

 

Exceptional Charles Dalys coming up in Julia’s 3/12 auction……

12 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Single Barrels 12 gauge Trap Shotgun
12 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Single Barrels 12 gauge Trap Shotgun

Charles Daly shotguns & drilling used to be some of the finest guns available in America. Even though these firearms were made in Europe, they were marketed under the Charles Daly name and sold in American sporting good shops like Von Lengerke & Detmolf and Abercrombie & Fitch.

The three Charles Dalys you see below are a great exceptional examples of just how nice these gun could be. If you would like to own one of them, all three coming up to auction this Tuesday, March 12, at James D. Julia’s Spring Firearms Auction.

12 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Single Barrels 12 gauge Trap Shotgun
12 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade Single Barrels 12 gauge Trap Shotgun

LOT 2208: OVER THE TOP CHARLES DALY REGENT DIAMOND SINGLE BARREL TRAP GUN. SN 2422. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chamber. This heavily embellished, top of the line, trap gun has 32″ bbl fitted with raised, ventilated rib, mounted with two red beads, and gold inlaid “Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality” in scroll engraved rear portion. 3-1/2″ Triangles of exceptional relief scroll engraving extend from breech end. Bottom of bbl is stamped with HAL crossed pistol logo, the mark of H. A. Lindner, maker of what many believe to be the finest Daly’s of all time. Large matching ejector tapered beavertail forend has Deeley release. Bore diameter: .721. Bore restriction: .035 (Full). Wall thickness: .068. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″.

CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 98% + orig blue, slightly silvered on edges of rib, with a few light scratches and marks. Action retains considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, high points and engraving pleasingly silvered. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish, with a few light marks, checkering slightly worn and dirty. Original pad is petrified. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbl is on face. Ejector is strong. The finest craftsmanship is evident everywhere on this masterpiece of German gunmaking.

PRICE: $8,000-$12,000

16 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade Double Barrels 16 gauge Shotgun
16 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade Double Barrels 16 gauge Shotgun

LOT 2209: CHARLES DALY LIGHTWEIGHT 16 GAUGE DIAMOND GRADE GAME GUN. SN 2118. Cal. 16 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 28″ bbls are engraved “Charles Daly Diamond Quality” on unmatted portion of raised, matted, concave rib. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with HAL crossed pistol logos (mark of H. A. Lindner) and “Witten Excelsior”. Scroll flanked circular Witten logos are engraved on tops of bbls in front of 1-1/2″ triangles of nicely cut medium scroll. Case hardened, scallop-backed, small boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), side clips, hidden square crossbolt third fastener, and pin type cocking indicators. A Miller selective trigger has been fitted. Water table is stamped “Prussia”.  Bore diameter: left-.671, right -.670. Bore restrictions: left -.018 (Mod), right -.010 (IC). Drop at heel: 2-9/16″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″.

16 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade Double Barrels 16 gauge Shotgun
16 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade Double Barrels 16 gauge Shotgun

CONDITION: Very fine. Action retains 30 – 40% orig case hardening color, strong where protected, but is mostly a very pleasing bright silver. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish, edges slightly rounded, with a number of minor marks, checkering somewhat worn. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Trigger works. Ejectors are in time. A very high quality shotgun that would be a fine little upland gun.

PRICE: $6,000-$9,000

Exceptional Charles Daly 20g x 20g X 30.30 Sidelock Drilling
Exceptional Charles Daly 20g x 20g X 30.30 Sidelock Drilling

LOT 2221: EXCEPTIONAL CHARLES DALY 20 GA OVER 30-30 SIDELOCK DRILLING. SN 113906. (ca 1912) Cal. 20 ga. x 20 ga. x 30-30. 28″ Krupp steel bbls are engraved “J. P. Sauer & Son, Suhl.” on tops. Full length matted rib has flip-up combination sight for rifle/ shotgun.  Case hardened, full back-sidelock action features tang mounted safety (engraved SAFE) with flip-up adjustable rear peep sight hinged through, pin cocking indicator for rifle bbl, crossbolt third fastener, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, bushed strikers for shotgun bbls, rifle cocking side lever, and double triggers. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″.

Exceptional Charles Daly 20g x 20g X 30.30 Sidelock Drilling
Exceptional Charles Daly 20g x 20g X 30.30 Sidelock Drilling

CONDITION: Excellent. Action retains 80% + orig case hardening color, silvered somewhat on bottom and fences. Lockplates retain nearly all of their orig color. Stocks retain nearly all their orig rubbed oil finish with a few minor marks and knocks, as would be expected from light field use. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Mechanically excellent. 20 Bore Daly Drillings are very scarce, and not listed in the 1902 catalog.

PRICE: $4,000-$6,000

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 good gun at Julia’s: 24g Charles Daly Regent Diamond grade

Charles Daly was a businessman, not a gunmaker. Born in 1839, he partnered with August Shoverling around 1875 to import shotguns into the United States. These side-by-sides were marketed under Charles Daly’s name, and up to about WW2, they were some of the finest double-barrel shotguns for sale in the US.

A Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade 24 gauge
A Charles Daly Regent Diamond Grade 24 gauge

This little 24 gauge at Julia’s March 2012 auctions shows just how nice a Charles Daly can be.  This is a Diamond Regent, and while this was the highest grade gun Charles Daly offered, some Diamond Regents were fancier than others, like this 16 gauge from the NRA’s Robert Peterson collection.

As for the gauge – 24 – I’ve seen a handful of shotguns made for it. All these guns have been european, and I think most of them were Italian. I’ve heard that 24 gauges are popular in South America for doves and in Europe for smaller upland game. If you buy this Daly, this  Fiocchi 24 gauge ammo is out there and available.

Prussian-made Charles Daly side-by-side shotguns were very expensive back in their day.  Schoverling, Daly & Gales listed the Diamond Regent for $500 in their 1907 catalog. Parker was asking the same price for their just introduced A-1 Special.

Today, Parker A-1 Specials brings much more on the collector’s market. But I don’t think they’re better shotgun. Dalys have always been fantastic doubles, and many people think they’re among the finest boxlocks ever made. I agree with them.

Here’s the complete listing of this gun from Julia’s website:

Lot #1190A: RARE AND DAINTY CHAS DALY REGENT DIAMOND 24 GA SHOTGUN.

SN 1736. Cal. 24 Ga. Wonderful, Prussian, Linder made Daly with factory 24” bbls, 2-3/4″ chambers with tapered, concave, matted ribs and sgl metal bead.“CHARLES DALY REGENT DIAMOND QUALITY” is inlaid in gold with scroll engraving extending about 6-1/2” up the rib. It has a rib extension with dbl bites, selective ejectors & checkered dbl triggers. Dovetail bbls are made of Excelsior steel by Witten and bear the maker’s brand along with the crossed pistols and “HAL” markings indicative of Linder made guns.

Scalloped receiver is stamped “PRUSSIA” on the water table is wonderfully engraved with full coverage flowing deep-relief scrollwork having a small oval vignette of four partridge on left side, two pheasant on right side, the indicative large gold crown is on bottom with two intricate snipe in an oval on trigger bow. Fences are deep relief engraved in flowing acanthus patterns with sculpted rib across radius with side clips.

Receiver also has cocking indicators & maker’s name along the base of the bbl bosses with “SAFE” in gold on top tang. Mounted with superb,honey & chocolate Circassian walnut with ebony tipped Prince of Wales grip with checkered side panels and drop points. Bottom of stock has a small gold oval engraved “H.M.A.”. Matching splinter forend has ebony tip with appended metal engraved to match gun.

Bore diameter: left -.587, right -.589. Bore restrictions: left -.020, right -.003 Wall thickness: left -.025, right -.023. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-3/4″. Weight: 4lbs. 12oz, LOP 13 3/4” over a 1/2″ well-matched stock extension and solid red pad. PROVENANCE: Ex- William Keith Neal Collection (Consignor’s grandfather and noted British antique arms collector).

CONDITION: Very good plus. Bbls retain most of their orig finish with areas of light to moderate pitting towards the muzzles and one or two light handling marks. Action retains most of its vibrant case colors underneath sharp engraving. Wood is sound and retains about all of its orig hand rubbed finish with scattered light dents & dings from normal handling. Recoil pad is slightly flattened and separating from its base at toe. Bore is bright and shiny. Mechanics are crisp, ejectors in time. A diminutive and rare beauty! Schoverling ,Daly & Gales offered this grade(No. 500)at $500 in their 1907 catalog. 4-45629 JWD24 (15,000-20,000)

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