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

 

RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN12 gauge, 30″ with the Whitworth steel barrels marked “PIGEON”, No. 2 frame,  extractor’s, gold plated double triggers, and non-automatic safety.   Shipped March 1, 1895, to Griffith & Temple Co., Louisville, KY. for P.L. Atherton.  The original stock was a half pistol grip.  Returned to the factory on Dec. 6, 1895 for a straight grip stock to be fitted to the gun with a pull measuring 14 1/2″.  Comb: 1 3/8″  Heel: 2 3/8″.  Factory records further indicate that Parker notables Runge, Rockwell, Stokes, and Phenix performed work on this gun.   The gun is accompanied by its factory letter and a copy of the ledger.  A letter from Larry Del Grego dated Feb 3, 1976, is included indicating the extent of his work on the gun.   Serial number 80729   In excellent condition with the barrels retaining all of the blue and perfect bores.  Beautiful wood and checkering.  Mechanically perfect. Price: $29,500

Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga
Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga

Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga: We are proud to bring to you this scarce and extremely desirable Beretta ASEL over and under shotgun in 20 gauge.  This shotgun appears to be in its original condition.  The 27.5-inch solid rib barrels displays a beautiful shiny bore with a fixed improved cylinder and modified choke.  The automatic ejectors work perfectly.  The action is smooth with a tight lock up.  The length of pull from the front trigger to the end of the checkered butt is 14 inch with a 1.25-inch drop at the comb and 2.25-inch drop at the heel.  This weighs in at a total 5.5lbs.  Don’t let this pass you by as they are extremely hard to find! Price: $8999.99

Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its makers case:
Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its maker’s case:

Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its maker’s case: The condition of this fine shotgun is very nice and appears in original condition seeing little if no restoration. There is a small stock extension which we could remove and replace with a fine leather covered pad if one would like for a LOP up to 15 1/2″. Completed in 1903 this is a true Edwardian era gun ( Queen Victoria died in 1901 thank you Austin). The gun is found in an original Grant case which also is in very nice original condition. Serial Number: 7450, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: Sidelock  Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 15″ (14 1/2″ original), Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz., Choke Left: .017″ Mod, Choke Right: .010″ IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .024″. Price: $8,600

12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN
12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN

12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN: #654A, 12 ga., 31” bbls., extremely full choke almost down to a 16 bore, fully raised matted rib with 2 ivory beads, action engraved with game scenes, left side has a fox watching 4 pheasants flying, right side has 2 pointers watching 4 grouse flying, both are in an outdoor scene with brush, trees, hills & so forth, bottom of frame has a hawk sitting on a dead Mallard in an oval, also has “FCR” initials in gold on bottom of trigger guard with engraved scene around it, bbls. are also engraved & marked “Bohler Antinit”, the right side of bbls. marked “Nitro”, SST, ejectors, cocking indicators, top tang safety, flat panel on both sides of stock behind the receiver, fancy checkered PG with engraved steel PG cap, oval gold inlay in bottom of stock, leather covered recoil pad, 15” pull, checkered forend with Deeley lever forend release, beautiful condition with 100% bbl. blue, mint bores, 100% casehardening, very high quality. Price: $6950 

CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: This gun features a top opening lever system. Excellent condition 28-inch barrels retaining nearly all the bright Damascus finish. Vivid case colors on the hammers and sidelocks. Walnut stocks are in very good condition measuring 14-1/4 inches to the end of the correct leather covered rubber buttpad. Checkering is crisp and sharp. Mechanical condition is excellent. This is an absolutely beautiful outfit fitted in an oak and leather case with brass corners. Looks like the inside has been re-lined with red felt. It has the original Alexander Henry label inside the lid. Complete with some snap caps, 3-piece cleaning rod, and an oil jar. Price: $ 5,975.

 

 

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

 

E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR
E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR

E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR: BOTH GUNS ARE THE SAME DIMENSIONS, 28″ SOLID RIB, CHOKED .007″ AND .014″ with 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT MINT CONDITION MAKERS CASE, 7 LBS 4 0Z, DIMENSIONS: 2″ DAH,1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/8″ LOP. Matched pair E.J. Churchill O/U The Premier Quality.  12 Bore game guns.  Gun I made in 1926, Gun II Made in 1929. Serial Nr. 4220 was made for Abercrombie & Fitch and 3173 for a Mr. Wilson in San Francisco. They were both originally pigeon guns with 32” barrels. They were matched up as a pair and re-barreled to 28” through Churchill, Atkin, Grant & Lang, and Don Masters chocked IC/M and probably restocked by the maker, work which was done for a Danish nobleman whose coat of arms are on the escutcheon.  Both guns have a full London proof.  The actions of these guns are exact copies of the Woodward O&U actions, and were made by the firm of Hills, who also made the actions for Woodward. It was said at the time that Woodward built the Over & Under guns for Bob Churchill. This may be indeed true, but it is not likely, I believe Hill did all the actioning and in addition, they both used the same outworkers. A marked difference is the ejector system, which differs from Woodward and shows the Churchill input, as Bob Churchill felt it needed improvement. In total only 15 Over & Under guns were built by Churchill before WWII, of which this pair is believed to be in the best condition of those remaining.  One of these guns is pictured in the book “The House of Churchill” by Don Masters. Price: $46,500

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29" Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition
F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29″ Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29″ Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition: Serial #  A03. Barrel Length (in Inches):  29″,  Choked R  SKT(.005) Choked L  IM(.020), Trigger  DT (Double), Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, English-style Smooth Concave Rib, Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, Checkered butt, Original box. Near PERFECT Condition. Weight  6#3oz. Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 1/4 cast off. Mfg 2007, The ideal upland bird gun. Price: $14,900

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels
Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels Serial Number: 3822, Ejectors: No, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: back-action side lever with rebounding hammers, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 14 1/2″, Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz., Choke Left: .003 Near Cyl., Choke Right: .003 Near Cyl.
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $6,900

Webley and Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Webley and Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Webley & Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun: Nice old prewar Webley & Scott 16 ga. Choked imp and full 29” barrels, DT, AE, LOP is 14 3/4”, leather pad, this piece has a third fastener, really nice old shotgun. Price: $3,895

Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun
Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun

Ithaca ~ 280 ~ 20 Ga. ~ Side-by-Side ~ Boxlock Shotgun: This Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun. It has 25 inch barrels with a solid rib and 3 inch chambers. A checkered grip walnut straight grip stock and beavertail forearm. Has a very nicely engraved receiver with birds in flight. In over all good condition it comes as is.Ithaca-SKB checkered black plate. Weighs 6 lbs. 3 oz. Shows a little use and wear. Price: $1,699.99

This week’s 5 good guns…

 

J. PURDEY & SONS - BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH SIDE-BY-SIDE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN, TWO-BARREL SET, 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE
J. PURDEY & SONS – BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH SIDE-BY-SIDE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN, TWO-BARREL SET, 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE

J. PURDEY & SONS – BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH SIDE-BY-SIDE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN, TWO-BARREL SET, 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE29″ BARRELS, M/F CHOKED – 29″ BARRELS, SK/IC CHOKED – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – HINGED FRONT TRIGGER – ORNAMENTAL ENGRAVING – 3 1/4 TON PROOF – BEAVERTAIL FOREND & SPLINTER FOREND – TURKISH WALNUT STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK – CHECKERED BUTT – SIDE CLIP – 3RD FASTENER – RAISED MATTED RIB – MAKER’S LEATHER MOTOR CASE INCLUDED 7 LBS. 11 OZ. 14 3/4″ X 1 3/8″ X 2 1/4″. Price: $49,500

W.W. GREENER BEST EJECTOR #1 SXS 20 GAUGE: FACTORY LETTER MADE 1887 24″ NITRO PROOFED 2 3/4 016 AND 023 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 1 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $25,000

W.W. GREENER BEST EJECTOR #1 SXS 20 GAUGE
W.W. GREENER BEST EJECTOR #1 SXS 20 GAUGE

Parker VH 28 Gauge S/S Double Barrel Shotgun: 26″ Chokes: IC – F L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 128535 Price: $18,500

Parker VH 28 Gauge S/S Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker VH 28 Gauge S/S Double Barrel Shotgun
Stephen Grant & Sons 12 Gauge Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun:
Stephen Grant & Sons 12 Gauge Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun:

Stephen Grant & Sons 12 Gauge Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: S/N.7578 Is # 2 of a pair. MFG. date of 1905. 12 GA. 2 ½” Chambers as proved. 30” barrels Ejector. Splinter forend, and straight stock. 1 ¼” DAC. X 1 7/8” DAH X 15 3/16” LOP. To a leather covered pad in the finest English tradition. The stock has a slight cast off for a right-hand shooter. Chokes are Right. CYL. Left IC. Weight is 6# 12oz. This is a special gun with very high-grade wood for its time. This gun possesses the London best guns legendary handling qualities, with a fantastic swing. I also have a factory letter that authenticates and gives a little detail of gun #1 of the pair. Price: $14,500 

HENRY BENJAMIN - STEPHEN GRANT SIDELEVER - SxS HAMMER SHOTGUN - EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION - 30" BARRELS
HENRY BENJAMIN – STEPHEN GRANT SIDELEVER – SxS HAMMER SHOTGUN – EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION – 30″ BARRELS

HENRY BENJAMIN – STEPHEN GRANT SIDELEVER – SxS HAMMER SHOTGUN – EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION – 30″ BARRELS: Here is a Henry Benjamin 12 gauge hammer gun utilizing the Stephan Grant Sidelever locking system. Exceptional quality in all ways equal to Maker Stephan Grant or better. Original case colors and detailed tight English Scroll engraving. Barrels are 30″ fine damascus, proofed at “12” and retain their original bore diameter at .726 in each barrel. Excellent bores. Chambers measure 2 3/4″. Chokes appear to be light IC in both barrels with about 5/1000 constriction.

The mechanics of the gun are quite good also. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks in the wood.   Rebounding hammers. The forend latch is an elegant system patented by Scott (of WC Scott) in 1876. Breech face is clean with no corrosion. Wall thickness is good with a minimum of 32/1000. Weight is 6 LBS 14 1/8 OZ. The stock has a desirable long trigger guard tang and contemporary stock dimensions. LOP is 14 9/16″. Drop at Comb of 1 1/2″, while drop at heel is 2 1/8″. Buttplate is the elegant skeleton style with engraving. Very nicely figured wood. Price: $5,750

Auction alert: exceptional 12 gauge Stephen Grant side by side…

12 gauge Stephen Grant & Sons Best Quality London Sidelock, double barrel SxS shotgun
12 gauge Stephen Grant & Sons Best Quality London Sidelock, double barrel SxS shotgun

Stephen Grant was one of the 19th century’s finest gunmakers. Today, he may be one of the under appreciated. Born in 1821 in Tipperary, Ireland, he started his apprenticeship in Dublin and then moved to London where he worked with Charles Lancaster and Thomas Boss.

In 1867, Grant went out on his own. He quickly became one of England’s top gunmakers with warrants from cream-of-the-crop royals like the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth, and the King of Spain, as well as orders from Aristos and rich people from around the world. By the time of his death in 1898, Stephen Grant was one of London’s most respected gunmakers. If you take a good look at the wonderful 12 gauge Stephen Grant pictured here, you’ll see why – and why his shotguns are as nice as anything turned out by Purdey, Holland & Holland, or Boss.

12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897
12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897

This Grant is coming up in Little John’s annual May antique and sporting guns auction which starts today. It was made around 1897. The tight, scroll engraving, fluted fences, and sidelever-action are all signature styles of Grant doubles. I’m 99.9% certain that it was re-barrelled by Atkin, Grant & Lang in the 1950s, and the new, fluid-steel bbls look like they’re close to untouched since then. Here’s more about it from the auctioneer:

12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897
12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897

Lot 545: 12 gauge Stephen Grant & Sons Best Quality London Sidelock, double barrel SxS shotgun: Serial # 6957. Originally one of a pair. The gun is cased in and leather covered oak case. 28” barrels, double triggers, auto-ejectors. Nitro proved for 2 ½” shells, 3 ton proof on each barrel. Choke IC/Mod. Barrels show 90% to 95% original blue with good sharp markings and edges with wall thickness measuring .35 right and .38 left. The action and lock plates retain 50% to 70% original case hardening. The stocks are very good plus with excellent wood to metal fit and crisp checkering. 14 ¼” LOP, 2 1/4” drop at the heel and 2” drop at the comb with slight cast off approximately ¼” at the toe and 5/8” at heel . The bore is bright. The case shows a red felt interior with some slight repairs in areas where rubbed but is in overall at least good to very good condition. Est.: $5000-$10,000

12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897
12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897
12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897
12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897
12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897
12 gauge Stephen Grant Double Barrel Shotgun with Sidelever, 1897

The Kings of Condition…

When it comes to collecting vintage shotgun, there are three things I focus on: condition, condition, & condition. Take a look at the hammer prices in an auction catalog and you’ll see why: original condition holds its value and sells, and I want to buy side-by-side shotguns that are going to be worth more in the future, not less.

Stephen Grant 12g Double Barrel Shotgun
Stephen Grant 12g Double Barrel Shotgun

With this in mind, here are a couple guns that really caught my eye last weekend at the Southern Side by Side. Both of these double barrel shotguns– a Charles Lancaster and a Stephen Grant–are awfully original (the buttstock on the Lancaster had been cut and the bbls on the Grant were rebrowned). But considering that both gun were made in the 1870s and the amount of original color, blueing, and wood finish they had, I still wanted both guns.

The Charles Lancaster is a very odd gun: a 16g with a sidelever. Charles Lancaster was actually Charles William Lancaster. His father had the same name and both of them were barrel men and gunmakers of the first order. Charles Lancaster, Sr., founded this firm of gun makers in 1826. He was located at 151 New Bond Street, London. His eldest son, Charles William Lancaster, joined him in about 1845. Both of them were well known for turning out fantastic guns and they were famous throughout England as barrel makers of the first order.

If there was one gun at the Southern that just stunk of class, the Stephen Grant was it. It is a quintessential British hammergun. This gun was made in 1877 and it has all the classic Grant features: including a sidelever and the Grant & Hodge’s Patent action. The gun also had toe and heel plates. It was fantastic.

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