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

 

Boss & Co. - Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set - 12 ga
Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 ga

Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 gaAction: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Straight Grip, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 5/8 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/4 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Type of Case: Oak & Leather Case w/Accessories, First set of barrels: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: F/F, Second set: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: IC/M. Beautiful two barrel set, open assist in very good condition. Price: $80,000

Parker VHE .410 - 26” - Ejectors - “Remington Era” - Beavertail - Single Trigger - “Skeet In Skeet Out” - 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 - 5 lbs 15 ozs
Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs

Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs: SN: 237186 – Beyond Nice – Spectacular RARE!!  “000” Frame – ca. 1935 – CLEAN!  Price: $36,995 

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels
Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels: For your consideration is an extremely rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga gun. Anyone who knows Lefever guns, knows well that the Lefever small bore guns simply don’t exist in nature. They are really rare and hard to find. This particular Lefever has gorgeous 28″ American Flag Damascus pattern. They are a thing of beauty!!!  The gun has DT, AE, and auto safety. The capped PG buttstock is checkered in a two-point pattern. The splinter forend is checkered in typical later FE pattern with engraved steel escutcheon. The action is engraved in typical FE pattern with flying duck on left, falling woodcock on right surrounded by light scroll engraving. The gun retains more than 1/2 of its original case color, particularly nice and dark on the left side and on top. Barrels retain about 85%+ original damascus pattern. Screws are all excellent and the gun is totally unmolested. The stocks are sound and measure 2″ DAC, 3-1/4″ DAH and LOP is 13-3/4″ over the original lined HRBP. Both barrels measure .620 on the money, and the chokes are .012 (right) and .020 (left). Min walls are about.028 in each barrel. The gun weighs right at 6lbs. This is an extremely rare gun and easily one of the top FE 20ga I have seen in more than 25 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers. Price: $6895 

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61
Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61: 28″ tapered file finished rib choked IM/M, DT’s, ejectors, Greener crossbolt, double underlugs, full coverage game scenes of pursuing fox, grouse, flying waterfowl, all in woods & marshland, cocking indicators, deluxe checkered walnut straight stock, 2 piece forearm, 15″ LOP over 7/8″ matched solid pad. 97% bbl. & receiver finish, some light handling. Price: $2,899

Beretta 686 20 ga 28", with straight, English grip and Briley chokes
Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes

Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes: Comes with a spare PG stock and 5 Briley thin wall chokes. Price: $1,700

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JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410
JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410: Price: $79,500
KEN HUNT ENGRAVED
CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED
BOTH ARE 26″ MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGER
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
ENGLISH GRIP
CHECKERED BUTT
4LBS 14 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2 X 15
BOTH GUNS ARE NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun
Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun: Single Trigger, with a modern leather case. Circa 1931, Barrels are 28 inches with original 2 3/4 chambers proofed for 1 oz. Scalloped backed action 80 % coverage large scroll. Original Westley Richards Patent one trigger. Nicely fiddle figured European walnut stock measures 13 7/8 over a thin checkered horn plate, Deluxe checkering. Bore diameter left .619 right .620. Min. wall thickness right .030 left .032  choke is full and full both barrels .031. Dimensions are 1 5/8″ X 2 1/2″ with cast approx 1/4″ on. Weight 6 lbs. Barrels, Whitworth Steel, chopper lump, retain 90% of what looks to be original black. Action retains 70% to 80% case color. Floor plate retains 50% A lovely small bore upland or game gun. Price: $26,500

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4" Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition
Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition: This is another one of those double rifles that are in exceptional condition without having been run through the refinishing mill. Barrels retain 98% original black. Frame has 90-95% vivid case color.  Wood is in very good condition, showing some handling marks.  The only alteration to the rifle is on the wood.  At one time a tang sight was added to the rifle which has been removed and new wood filled in its place; evidenced in one of the pictures.  Just a pleasure to find something this nice. Bores Are absolutely Mint!!!! 28″ barrels. 1/4 rib with 1S &2 F Scroll – 80% coverage. French Walnut stock. Solid Red Recoil Pad. 14 5/8″ LOP. 11 lbs. 2 oz. Price: $24,500

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS
Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS: 1901, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 10oz, SxS Serial Number: 35307E. Most who pursue American doubles are aware that Lefever Arms Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. produced very elegant shotguns.  The engraving is better than most in its tasteful application, the frames were ornately sculpted and shaped, and the workmanship overall was superior to the competition of the day.  With the last Lefever being produced in 1919, Lefever produced relatively few guns; in the range of 50.000 or so in all grades and gauges, most being lower grade guns.  Mr. Elliot’s book “Uncle Dan Lefever—Master Gunmaker” notes few high-grade Lefevers were produced, and most gunners that search for fine American vintage double guns are aware that there are few Lefever EE Grade guns ever seen for sale, especially in great original condition.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEFEVER, SN35307 MADE IN 1901, RETAINS PLENTY OF  FACTORY ORIGINAL CASE COLORS. Price: $4,450

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28" choke tubes, with extra straight stock
Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stock

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stockHere is a nice, lightweight 28 ga. that is both light, petite, and in a great gauge. Also with this gun come with an extra straight stock that has been shortened for a lady, youngster or a gentleman with shorter arms. The wood has lots of figure and would rate about 95% with some surface marks. The action of this gun has a few buff marks at the top. 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 * 6 lb 4 oz. Price: $1595.

Auction alert: Rare Lefever 8E 12 gauge SxS shotgun …

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Daniel Myron Lefever was one of the geniuses of American gunmaking. Judging by the number of partnerships and businesses he formed in his career, he must have been mercurial, too.

From 1857 to his death in 1906, he worked for himself, and with others. By himself and with others, he built all sorts of firearms–including the one you see here. It comes from DM’s final venture: The D. M. Lefever, Sons & Company, which he formed with his sons in 1902.

Morphy Auctions is auctioning of this double tomorrow. If you like it, get on it now.

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore): This early high quality Lefever was built using a scalloped boxlock, Greener crossbolt. Barrels were made of Krupp fluid steel, not Damascus, and features a solid matted rib with twin beads. Double triggers, beautiful dark grain hand checkered English type rear sight with Monte Carlo comb, finely checkered side panels, owner’s plaque in stock, and an early Upland Game red waffle recoil pad. Stamped on bottom of frame “D.M. Lefever Sons & Company Pat’d 1902 Not connected with Lefever Arms Company”.

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Bores are clean and shiny. Barrels retain approximately 70% original blue starting to thin and patina, with age freckling on the right barrel extending 10″ from breech. Forearm is finely checkered with ebony tip. The frame exhibits delicate scroll engraving with setter on right side and mallard on left. The wood is in beautiful condition, has been freshened up at one time, with a couple minor dings. Lock-up is perfect with no wiggle with forearm off. Trigger guard is basically gun metal grey. Nice traces of case colors on both sides of frame. Lovely old high grade Lefever.

Serial Number: 1331

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Barrel Length: 30″
Chambers: 2-5/8″
Length Of Pull: 15″
Drop at Comb: 1-3/4″
Drop at Heel: 2″
Internal Bore Diameters: .744″
Barrel Wall Thickness: Left – .045″, Right – .055″
Chokes: Both Barrels – Modified
Weight8 lbs. – 2 oz.

A hard to find Lefever Arms FE SxS in 16 gauge…

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

If this were 2005, I would be scheming to buy this 16 gauge Lefever FE. I used to love Lefevers. Of all the American SxSs, they’re sleekest and best looking. They’re also unique designs — a taster of the fruit that fell from the brain of they’re creator, Daniel Myron Lefever.

D.M. Lefever was one of America’s most inventive gunmakers. Born in upstate New York in 1835, he opened his first gunshop in 1857. Over the next two decades, he formed partnerships with a number men — Ellis, Dangerfield, Barber & Nichols — and built a wide range of muzzle- and breech-loading firearms.

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

In 1880 he formed the Lefever Arms Co in Syracuse, NY. The company was only around until 1919, and they only built around 65,000 shotguns (Parker made 200,000+ SxSs, Ithaca made many, many more). I’m not sure how many of Lefever’s guns were 16s, but estimates say fewer than 15%.

The 16 gauge you here is an F grade with ejectors (the E in F-E). Lefevers came in range of grades (see more about them here), and the F was a lower middle, comparable to Parker GH or a Fox B. I’ve owned several 16g F-grade Lefevers. They were all nice guns, and I’ve been looking at this one again and again, wondering if needs to be in my safe.

BTW: If you have a Lefever and you would like to know more about it, I’m happy to help. Just email me at gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE: ON A 20 GAUGE FRAME, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS, GOOD PATTERN.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS.  LOTS OF LIGHT CASE COLOR, COCKING INDICATORS, EXCELLENT ENGRAVED SCREWS, MALLARD ON RIGHT LOCK, SNIPE ON LEFT PPLUS FINE SCROLL AND BORDERS.  TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPPLINTER FOREARM, VERY GOOD WOOD AND CHECKERING, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, SOLID SILVERS PAD.  6 1/2 POUNDS. Price: $3,500

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Fabbri – TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE: Straight grip, single trigger, 28″ BARREL  Price: $65,000

Fabbri - TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE
Fabbri – TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE
FABBRI - PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - HAND MADE IN 1966
FABBRI – PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1966

FABBRI – PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1966Here is a hand made Fabbri Pigeon Gun with 29 5/8″ barrels. Spectacular engraving featuring ribbons, scroll, vines and flowers. Gold Inlay pigeon in the forend. Bores at .732. Briley chokes. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Barrels are Phoenix Steel and marked as such. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 10 1/4 OZ. Leather case as shown. Shipping and insurance is $80. Stock dimensions follow. LOP 14 3/8″ (13″ to end of wood). Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″. Drop at Heel – 1 3/4″. Price: $27,500

HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE
HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE

HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE:
#700 Holloway, G & S: A 28 Bore English Boxlock Ejector Game Gun that was imported by B. (Bob) Jenkinson, New York, N. Y. and so marked, Jenkinson imported a fair number of English guns in the 50’s & 60’s and I believe nearly all were made by Holloway, This 28 Bore was made in 1952, 26″ dovetail lump barrels at .550 .013 & .016″ (Mod. & Imp. Mod.), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Proved in Birmingham at 3/4 ounce, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4″ over a checkered butt, Slight cast-off with a swept comb that points like a dream, 28 bore weight at 5 lbs. 1 oz., 60% coverage of English scroll, Nice wood, The original barrel blue at 99%, The gun retains 98% original bright & vivid case colors, The stock finish is original and at 99%, The checkering at 100%, The blue on the floorplate, trigger guard, trigger guard tang and forend metal is 99%, The bores are as new from breech to muzzle, The gun is smack on the face with plenty of bite, The barrels ring with a nice chime. This is flat out one nice 1952 English boxlock with excellent workmanship on both the metal & wood. The stock inletting is superb and the checkering is as well cut as you will find on any English Best Sidelock. This is like buying it new in 1952. The Jenkinson serial # is 700 and the Holloway # is 22734. /////////////////////////////////// Holloway & Co. has been around since the 19th century. They had premises at 10-12 & 14 Vesey Street in Birmingham. In 1901 Tommy Naughton was the manager at Holloway & Co. and he bought the firm and it became Holloway & Naughton Ltd. but they continued business separately. G & S (George & Sidney) Holloway were for the most part makers to the trade and maintained an excellent reputation before and after WWII. About 1978 production of new Holloway guns was dropped but they continued with repairs. Graham Clive Holloway of G & S Holloway died in February of 1994 and that was the end of an era for G & S Holloway. To this day Holloway & Naughton shotguns are still made and manufactured to the client’s individual requirements and they can be found at hollowaynaughton.co.uk B. (Bob) Jenkinson was a dealer in many Holloway made guns during the 1950’s & 1960’s in New York City. Price: $8,500

Griffin & Howe --- Pre-war Boxlock Ejector --- 20 Gauge, 2 3/4" chambers
Griffin & Howe — Pre-war Boxlock Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ chambers

Griffin & Howe — Pre-war Boxlock Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″28″ SxS barrels of Krupp Fluid Steel with matted rib, choked improved cylinder & modified. 14 1/4″ pull from single selective trigger to original basketweave-molded horn buttplate. 1 1/2″ – 2 3/8″drop. Figured European walnut stock with horn-tipped Deeley-release splinter forend, straight English grip, classic point-pattern checkering and with checkered sidepanels, teardrops and vacant brass initial oval. Fine scroll and game scene engraved, scalloped boxlock action, with deep chiseled fences, cocking indicators, automatic ejectors, Greener crossbolt, side clips, and manual top tang safety with S inlaid in gold. Weight: 5lbs, 10 1/2oz. German built in 1932. In Abercrombie & Fitch leather VC case with snap caps and oil bottle. Price: $7950

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32″ DAMASCUS BARRELS

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32″ DAMASCUS BARRELS: FULL AND FULL TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, BOLD DAMASCUS PATTERN, BRIGHT CLEAN BORES, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH SETTER DOG IN A CIRCLE ON RIGHT LOCK, POINTER DOG IN CIRCLE ON LEFT LOCK, PLUS FINE SCROLLWORK AND BORDERS MALLARD ON TRIGGERGUARD, COCKING INDICATORS, LIGHT CASE COLOR, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM WITH THE CLAMSHELL LATCH, HIGHLY FIGURED IMPORTED WALNUT, FINE CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE, 1 3/4″ X 2 3/4″ X 13 3/4″, 7 3/4 POUNDS, 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.  PRICE: $3,950

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HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3" BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD
HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3″ BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD

HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3″ BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD:
I. (Isaac) Hollis & Sons, London: A Very Nice Isaac Hollis 500 3″ Black Powder Express Made about 1869 with a Jones Action Underlever Bar-Action with Rebounding Hammers, This gun is a very nice example of a Classic BPE double rifle that has been very well kept, It is with 28″ damascus barrels made by Alex. Henry that are numbered 1414 & 1415, Full length rib with 1 standing & 1 folding express sights, Rebounding locks, Percussion style fences, Stanton locks numbered 22042, Cross wedge forend release, Steel engraved grip cap, Sling eyes, 14 3/8″ LOP over a full checkered horn buttplate, 8 lbs. 15 oz., Outstanding figured wood with excellent & deep black/brown color & contrast, 85% coverage of well cut period scroll engraving including the hammers, top strap, lever, trigger guard, forend and grip cap, This vintage Classic still retains 30% original case colors, The barrel brown is still original & remains at 30%, The buttstock & forend has finish added but not sanded, Very solid wood in every respect, The wood remains at 88% with handling marks from being around all these years, The checkering is sharp & original and still at 94%, The inside of the forend has 95% case colors, Every screw inside & out is still 95%, The bores are excellent plus condition the entire way, The barrels at 1 in 38″ twist and was shot with 120 grains of black powder with both 320 & 380 paper patched bullets, The gun is cased in leather but it is in need of some work . Here is first rate quality, style, grace, workmanship, handling and romance from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. Isaac Hollis & Sons was established in 1814 and had London offices from 1870 to 1911. Price: $12,500

CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS Shotgun
CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS Shotgun

CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS ShotgunBeautiful example of Tony Galazan’s Fox CE 20ga.  I purchased this gun five years ago while at the Southern SXS shoot at Backwoods Quail Club in South Carolina.  It has been used for quail hunting two seasons, and at the Southern Side x Side (sub-ga.) Competitions only.  The gun has been shipped back to CSMC for inspection and service and is in perfect/excellent condition.   This gun sports IC/MOD 30″ barrels, 15-1/8″ L.O.P., 1-1/2″ DAC, 2-1/2″ DAH 1/8″ CAST OFF.  Prince of Wales pistol grip and Splinter forearm.  Cased in original CSMC Leather w/ canvas cover and accessories.  Price: $11,500

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME28” BARRELS IM/FULL, DT, PG, 14  1/8” X 1  ½” X 2  ¾”, CASE COLORS 50%, WT. 6 LBS. 10 OZS., VERY CLEAN ORIGINAL GUN. Price: $4,250

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME
PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME

 

LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28" BARRELS
LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS

LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS: FULL AND MODIFIED, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  TYPICAL LINE ENGRAVING, SOME CASE COLOR.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  MOST OF THE BLUE ON TRIGGER GUARD, TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 3/8″ X 14 1/8″, WEIGHS 6 POUNDS, 8 OUNCES.  GREAT LITTLE BIRD GUN.  CIRCA MID 1930’S. Price: $1,475

Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU Shotgun
Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU Shotgun

Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU ShotgunWith fitted case  Price: $1,299.99
Manufacturer: S/N 31334NVAXX
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Freckling to Barrels and Receiver with Carry Wear to Bottom of Receiver
Wood Condition: Normal Field Wear and Scratches
Bore Condition: Good
Barrels: 26″ Vent Rib
Triggers: Factory
Stock: Checkered Walnut
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Browning Butt Plate
Weight: 6 1/4 lbs
Sights: Steel Front Bead
Chokes: Variable/Invector Plus/With 5 Chokes

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F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun
F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun

F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge: Sidelock double. Serial # 1308.  2 3/4″ chambers.  26″ chopper lump  bbls,  IC/Mod.  hand matted rib,  Stunning deep ” sculptured ” engraving by Sosta Gianfranco (deceased).   Straight hand stock with highly figured turkish walnut, dropper points, and splinter forend. Checkering is perfect 32 LPI.     Stock dimensions are 14 1/8″  LOP to center of checkered butt from a single trigger.   1 1/4 ” – 2 1/4 ” drop at heel without cast.  6 1/4 lbs.  This beautiful R1 Rizzini was made for Ambercrombie and Fitch in 1974  ( letter from Rizzini )  both names lettered in gold on barrels.  Gun remains in  “as new”  condition.  The overall fit and finish  and handling qualities of this Rizzini indicates the degree of hand work that was performed on their “best” guns during this period.  A fantastic bird gun. Leather VC case with makers label. Price: $31,500

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
Here we have something special:  A totally original, untouched John Rigby in .470 Nitro Express. What makes this one unique is CHARACTER:  This thing has been CARRIED…  The black on the floor plate being worn away to silver, and the same for the barrel black around the quarter rib –  just where your hand would carry for many long hikes.   Look at the checkering – none missing, but many worn down flat from being carried…  This thing has LOTS AND LOTS OF MILES on it…
Yet look again at the underlying condition:   The bores are excellent – no pitting, no staining, no erosion whatsoever.   Barrels ring true.   Most of the screw heads being aligned and their slots clean and unbuggered…   What this tells me is that someone carried this for years, yet they took great care of it each and every night.   Try and find another with half as much “personality”!   Harder yet, try holding this rifle and NOT ask yourself “If only you could talk…”   I don’t think this can be done!!!

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:

The specifics:  Serial number 17964, circa 1921-22.   Boxlock Ejector action with extension.   Disk set strikers.  Class C engraving.  Harvey lever forend as seen on many fine Henry and Rigby rifles.   26” barrels.  The barrel rib is marked “John Rigby & Co. 43.Sackville St. London.” The top of the left barrel is marked “Special . 470 Bore . Big Game Rifle” and the top of the right barrel is marked “For Special Cordite Cartridges & Bullet 500 Grs.” Excellent bores. 100 yard standing site with 200- and 300-yard folding leaves.  Sling swivels (missing forward loop). Stock is 14 3/8” LOP over 1/8” black spacer.  No cheek piece and minimal cast so would work great for a left hand shooter (I shoot left handed and this rifle shoulders very nicely for me). Silver escutcheon engraved “J. McK”.   Cased in canvas case with brass hardware, leather trim and leather straps. Outer lid of case is marked “H. G. INGLE. / KOLHAPUR, / INDIA.”. The canvas is stained and worn through in several spots. The leather strap on the right side has torn but the piece is retained. Interior of case includes Rigby Sackville Street trade label, a second Rigby label to caution against leaving the action cocked, and many original accessories including Rigby tool for removal of striker discs, turnscrew, leather muzzle cover, snap caps, striker pot with strikers, and the foresight hood. What this does need is a new recoil pad as the current pad is dried and hardened.  The front swivel is missing the loop for the sling (presumably to allow usage of leather muzzle cover by sliding leather thong strap through the front swivel post).  If you wanted, you could have the checkering refreshed and barrels reblacked but if you ask me, that’s like repainting a vintage Corvette that’s been discovered with its original paint…   I’d vote to keep it like it is – and be the envy of every PH in camp the next time you are in Africa! Price: $26,500

PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE: #98XX 28″ 007 AND 014 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT UPGRADE WOOD TEST FIRED ONLY 6LBS 10 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $18,500

PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE
PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE
Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: #146041. This Parker has one set of 26” barrels and one set of 32” barrels. Both sets have 2 3/4” chambers and single beads. The 26” set has what measures .004 right and .004 left constrictions on the chokes. The bore diameters measure .7295 right and .7295 left. These barrels retain 90% original bluing with some small spots of surface rust and have a single ivory bead. The center rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL. The bores are clean and shiny. The 32” set has what measures .036 right and .036 left constrictions on the chokes. The bore diameters measure .7285 right and .728 left. These barrels retain 90% original bluing with some minor surface rust near the muzzle and have a single silver bead. The center rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL. The bores are clean and shiny. There is only one forearm. The 2 frame retains 10% original color. The trigger guard retains no bluing and has some surface rust in spots. It has double triggers and ejectors. The pistol grip stock and forearm are original and are in very good condition. The length of pull is 14 1/4” to the front trigger over a skeleton buttplate that has no finish and surface rust on it. Drop at comb: 1 3/4″, Drop at heel: 2 3/4″, weight: 7.9 lbs with the 32” barrels. Price: $10,000

LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN: 30″ BARRELS WITH NEAR PERFECT DAMASCUS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS 8LBS 1 OZ X 3″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $7,500

LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

Now you see it, soon you won’t: A 20g Lefever FE, 28″ bbls …

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN

Here’s one of the hardest classic American doubles to find. Twenty-gauges by the Lefever Arms Co. are scarcer than Republican Presidential candidates with sound economic plans.

Of all the major American shotgun makers — Parker. L.C. Smith, Ithaca, Fox — the Lefever Arms Co made the fewest guns. The total number was fewer than 74,000. And because they were built before twenty gauges became popular, very few were made in that gauge — especially in grades F & up.

With damascus barrels and a single-selective trigger, this 20g FE is very curious. My gut tells me it went back to the factory at one point,  but who knows?

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUNHARD TO FIND SMALLBORE 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH PERFECT PATTERN IMPROVED CYLINDER AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF CASE COLOR 6LBS 5 OZ X 3 X 2 X 13 1/2 FROM REAR SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $12,500

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN

Auction alert: a nice looking 12g CE-grade Lefever …

12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

Here’s a great looking American double that’s coming to auction tomorrow, 7/25 @ 9am EST. Morphy’s Auctions in Denver, PA, has the gun. From what I can see, it looks like a nice, old SXS. The only problem I can see is the bbls look like they may have been blued at one time – but I could be wrong.

Daniel Myron Lefever was a prolific American inventor and he patented the design this shotgun is built on in 1880.

12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: Serial # 26295 This early C grade reads Lefever Arms Company on the right barrel and Fine Damascus Steel on the left barrel. The 30″ barrels have 2 – 1/2″ chambers and a bore diameter of .742 on both tubes. With a choke constriction of .036 on each tube this makes it choked full and full. The highly engraved receiver has hunting scenes with a dog in a circle on both the right and left side plate. The gun features double triggers, automatic ejectors, cocking indicators, tear drop side panels and a checkered capped pistol grip. The highly figured walnut buttstock has a LOP of 14 – 1/4″ to a leather pad. A silver oval shaped inlay is located 5″ from the toe. With a little TLC this gun will be ready for the October woods.

12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

The other Lefevers. Part 1: a 12g D.M Lefever 7D side-by-side shotgun…

D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side
D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side

Daniel Myron Lefever was one of America’s most inventive gunmakers. Born in upstate New York in 1835, he was apprenticed to a gunmaker in 1848 and opened his first gunshop in 1857. Over the next two decades, he formed partnerships with a number men — Ellis, Dangerfield, Barber & Nichols — and built a wide range of muzzle- and breech-loading firearms.

In 1878, DM created his first successful model of a hammerless side-by-side shotgun and a year later he struck out on his own to build it. This model would be tweaked and refined until around 1884 when it was replaced by the Lefever Arms Co. shotgun most people think of as the “True Lefever”.

D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side
D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side

In 1901, DM left Lefever Arms Co and started DM Lefever & Sons in Syracuse, NY. This company built D.M. Lefever’s new “Cross-Bolt” shotguns. The 12 gauge 7D you see here is one of those doubles.

Cross-Bolt Lefevers are sort of “True Lefever” hybrids. They use a similar hook to cock the locks. And like True Lefevers, they also use a grooved rib extension to lock to down the barrels. To this rib extension, DM  added a Greener-style cross bolt. He then modified the internal lockwork so that it’s somewhat similar to an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock and did away with the sideplates see on his earlier designs.

D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side: DOM 1902.  Nice Original Condition. Engraved And Case Colored. Rare, Vintage American Firearm from Syracuse, NY. Price: $2,995

D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side
D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side

SPECIFICATIONS

  • MAKE: D.M. LEFEVER
  • MODEL: 7D
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1902
  • 12 GAUGE
  • 32″ SIDE BY SIDE BARRELS
  • EXTRA BEAVERTAIL FOREND
  • CHOKED MODIFIED AND IMPROVED
  • BOXLOCK,  CROSS BOLT
  • KRUPP FLUID STEEL

    D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side
    D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side
  • HAWKINS RECOIL PAD
  • LOP: FRONT=14″, REAR=13″
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 48″
  • WEIGHT: 7lbs 11ozs
  • ALL PIECES HAVE MATCHING SERIAL NUMBER

Great guns coming up today at Julias…

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER
FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER: SN 6687. (1893) Cal. .450 BPE. 28″ Fine Damascus bbls with full length file cut rib are engraved “Alexr Henry Edinburgh and London.” and “Maker to Their Royal Highness’ The Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh” on uncut portion of rib in front of one standing, three folding leaf express rear sight. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, SN, and “AH”. Case hardened Jones under lever action is fitted with unusual bar locks (most Henry rifles are fitted with back action locks). Locks have front sliding stalking safeties and round bodied serpentine hammers with dolphins heads and tall spurs. Action is engraved with well cut small intricate scroll. “Alexr Henry” is on each lockplate. Water table stamped with SN and “AH” has lightening cuts. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has SN at grip.

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER
FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER

Intricately marbled and lightly figured European walnut steel trap capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. A thin shadow line beaded cheekpiece is on left side, and point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting release. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. PROVENANCE: Copies of factory ledger pages. Biographical info on Joseph Lister, founder of antiseptic surgery, for whom it appears this rifle was made. Richard Schreiber Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 95% orig brown with excellent definition to pattern. Action and lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on tangs and slightly on beads and fences. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish with a number of light marks, dents, and scratches, a bit dry on butt. Henry rifle bores are excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny throughout, with just a hint of frosting near breech end of left bbl. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. A beautiful Scottish rifle. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000

VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE
VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE

VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE: SN 48880. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Bbls with slightly raised, flat, matted rib mounted with two white beads, are engraved “KRUPP” and “FLUID STEEL” on tops. Krupp markings are also on bottoms of bbls. SN is on bottom left bbl. Typical late action with sideplates covering sears, features Lefever’s automatic safety (S engraved), cocking indicators, adjustable trigger pull, nickel-plated double triggers, and usual Lefever ejector system, ball and socket hinge, and cocking hook. Action and lockplates are engraved in typical “E” style with 30% coverage well cut scroll with geometric borders surrounding oval vignettes of nicely engraved dogs on lockplates; a pointer on left and setter on right. “Lefever” “Arms Co” is engraved on each lockplate. A duck is flushing from marsh on trigger guard bow. SN is at grip. Interesting, well marbled, stump grain European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over old, most likely original, Silver pad, with edges and face cleaned up. Standard point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. A vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has usual steel tip, steel escutcheon at

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE.
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE.

center, and usual friction release. Bore diameter: left -.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (full), right -.040 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 60 – 70% orig blue, with some flecking and silvering on sharp edges. Bottom rib has an old striation/ scratch running from muzzle to 1″ in front of loop. Action retains approx 70% orig case hardening color, silvered from normal hand wear on fences, beads, and around bottom. Lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, right plate a bit less. There is about 20% color on trigger guard bow. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with butt slightly lightened after pad has been cleaned up. Checkering is lightly worn. Bores are very fine, lightly frosted. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. There are a number of short stable cracks behind lockplates. A neat old gun with great dimensions. Estimate: $6,500-$9,500

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE: SN 10120. (Ca 1911)Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Dovetailed steel bbls are engraved “William Evans (From Purdey’s) 63 Pall Mall. St. James’s, London.” on low, concave game rib. Bbl flats are damascened and stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. Case hardened sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), double triggers, bushed strikers, and screw grip dolls head third fastener. Action and lockplates are engraved with bold, large, open, shaded scroll with acanthus highlights, and an attractive floral and scroll device on lockplates. Action beads are well filed and fences engraved with large shaded scroll somewhat deeper in relief than that on action. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has relief SN on short tang. Well figured and lightly streaked, dark European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features drop points, diamond hand, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line.

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE

Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.019 (Mod), right -.011 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.033, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Maker’s leather case with brass corners is embossed “L. C. C.” and “JUNR” on lid, which also has remnants of numerous shipping labels. Interior is lined in scarlet cloth having gold embossed black Evans label on lid. CONDITION: Excellent, as found, retaining an exceptional amount of what appears to be its orig finish on wood and metal under more than a half century’s accumulation of wiped on oil and dust. Bbl blue appears to be smooth, with only a few rubs through. Case colors appear to be vivid, with silvering only on action beads and fences. Oil finish of stock shows slightly raised grain and a number of minor nicks and dents. Checkering is slightly worn and dirty. Bores are bright and shiny with a hint of frosting. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Case leather is dark, crazed, and with considerable amount of top grain lifted. Handle, straps, and retainers are missing. Interior cloth shows considerable insect damage, some mildew. Partitions are tight. Label is excellent. A solid, good handling gun in need of a judicious cleaning. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX
EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX. SN FWS38768. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Bbls with raised, matted, single sighting plane rib, are marked “L.C. SMITH – 16 GA. – Field – FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.” on top of right bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with Hunter proofs, SN, and “FIELD 2 3/4 IN CHAMBER”. Typical case hardened featherweight action features automatic safety and Hunter single selective trigger. “L.C. SMITH” is on each lockplate. Trigger blade, selector, and trigger guard are blued. Relatively plain American walnut capped pistol grip stock measures 14″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Flat top point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. Matching schnabeled beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing bolt and secondary knurled release button in blued oval escutcheon. Drop at heel: 2-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs 8 oz. LOP: 14″. Gun is accompanied by its orig yellow hang tag with

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX
EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX

correct information penciled in. Brown corrugated cardboard shipping box printed “L.C. SMITH GUNS” on both sides, has blue and white Smith shipping label with destination penciled in, along with railway express label with cost of gun and shipping penciled in. Inner packing box with orig waxed wrappings inside is marked “16 Ga Field” on end. CONDITION: Truly exceptional, essentially as new, appears unfired, with a few very light scratches across rib at rear, and a few light marks in buttstock. Finish on grip cap lifted. There are also a few light marks on trigger guard bow. Bores are excellent. Trigger works. Left ejector is “live” and undoubtedly just a bit gummy from disuse. Hang tag is good, considerably creased and soiled, information legible. Box is fine, some tape lifting, labels lightly foxed and soiled. An unusual, investment quality L. C. Smith. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000

Going off today: That Charles Daly Diamond and the Lefever EE..

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS

Just a reminder, these two nice doubles are coming up today at Poulin’s Auctions in Fairfield, ME. You can still bid on them online, and there may also be time to arrange phone bids. Of course, you can also go to the auction and bid on these doubles in person.

Both side-by-side guns are in excellent original condition. The Daly is beautifully engraved and has some fantastic color on it, and with its straight grip and high dimensions, the Lefever is an American classic that would be perfect for sporting clays or late-season pheasants.

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS

Lot: 2226A CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS: SHOTGUN. Cal. 12 Ga. S# 2006. Bbl. 30″ Excelsior Witten fluid steel. Lindner mfg. gun with top rib marked “CHARLES DALY DIAMOND QUALITY”. Scalloped boxlock action with side clips, cross bolt lock, cocking indicators having case colored finish. Breech end of bbls. & action have full coverage fine Arabesque scroll hand engraving. Floorplate has vignette featuring a setter at point. Trigger guard vignette features 3 partridge. Double triggers. Ejectors. Splinter forearm & round knob stock of fancy thin shell walnut with fine hand checkering. Horn forearm cap & round knob grip insert. Toe line has German silver nameplate with initial “HGS”. LOP: 14 1/8″ over leather faced age hardened London style pad. DAC: 1 1/2″. DAC: 2 3/4″. Weight: 7lb. 11.6 oz. Bore diameter: right-.722 left: .722. Choke restriction: right-.045″ left-.045. Chambers 2 3/4″. CONDITION: 85% bbl. blue with scattered scratches with spots of freckling. Action retains 75% case colors. Stocks have good finish with light checkering wear & scattered light marks. Very good bright bores. ESTIMATE $4000-6000.

Lot: 2567 LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 5/8″. S# 45457. Bbl. 30″ Krupp fluid steel. Brass front bead. Compensated sidelock action with cocking indicators. Engraving features vignette of pointing dogs with highlights of arabesque. Double triggers. Ejectors. Splinter forend & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine thin shell walnut. Toe line has name shield. LOP: 14 1/2″ over added London style pad. DAC: 1 1/2″. DAH: 2 3/16″. Stock cast off. 7 lb 14.7 oz. Choke restrictions: right-.014, left-.050.

LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN

CONDITION: bbls. retain 50% fading blue with spots of corrosion. Action has case colors in protected areas with balance fading to patina. Stocks have lightly worn finish with numerous scratches & handling marks. Bright bores. Right bbl. has evidence of raised dent 10 1/2″ from muzzle. Left bbl. has raised dent 12 1/2″ from muzzle. Estimate: $2500-3500.

Auction Alert: Nice looking12g Lefever EE grade SxS shotgun…

LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SHOTGUN

Here’s another nice double coming up this Friday at Poulin’s Auctions. This one is a hard to find 12 gauge, EE-grade Lefever with a straight grip. It looks like it’s in excellent original condition – especially for a 100+ year old SxS.

I’ve always thought Lefevers were the best-looking American doubles. With their sideplates, and slim proportions, they certainly are the most English looking. They tend to have the most “English” dimensions, too, and with it’s high, straight stock and long LOP, this one is a perfect example of what I mean. In its day, I bet this shotgun saw a lot of use on as a Pigeon gun. Today, it would be perfect on the clays course or for pheasants. And wherever you used it, it sure make a classy companion.

LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SHOTGUN

Lot: 2567 LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 5/8″. S# 45457. Bbl. 30″ Krupp fluid steel. Brass front bead. Compensated sidelock action with cocking indicators. Engraving features vignette of pointing dogs with highlights of arabesque. Double triggers. Ejectors. Splinter forend & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine thin shell walnut. Toe line has name shield. LOP: 14 1/2″ over added London style pad. DAC: 1 1/2″. DAH: 2 3/16″. Stock cast off. 7 lb 14.7 oz. Choke restrictions: right-.014, left-.050. CONDITION: bbls. retain 50% fading blue with spots of corrosion. Action has case colors in protected areas with balance fading to patina. Stocks have lightly worn finish with numerous scratches & handling marks. Bright bores. Right bbl. has evidence of raised dent 10 1/2″ from muzzle. Left bbl. has raised dent 12 1/2″ from muzzle. Estimate: $2500-3500.

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Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2" barrels
Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels

Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels: Choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.010).  Original 2-3/4 1oz. heavy proof. Raised concave game rib marked “Boss & Co. 41 Albermarle Street Picadilly London W”.  Built with the style and grace that these “golden era” Boss guns are famous for.  The petite “easy opening” action gun weighs a mere 5lbs, 5 oz.  Fitted with the Boss patent single trigger.  Well-figured stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt.  Balanced directly on the pin, this estate-fresh example retains 97% original blue, 80% vibrant case colors over the jewel-like engraving by the renowned Jack Sumner.  Built in 1930 to the true small bore specs, a unique opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen heavy proof vintage 20.  Cased in original violin case. Price: $59,500

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition
A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition: Beautiful A&S Famars Castore 12 gauge self-cocking hammergun with double triggers engraved by Master Engraver Pasolini and restocked by Piotti in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut. Cased in a leather maker’s case with trade label and mahogany three-piece cleaning rod. Made in 1974 when both Mario Abbiatico and Remo Salvinelli were active in the business. In fact, “Remo” is engraved on the bottom of the rear lug indicating that he personally worked on this gun.   ***   The frame is beautifully engraved and has uniquely shaped fences, ornately engraved hammers, and a signature likeness of Neptune on the pierced toplever. Maker’s name “Famars” is inlaid in gold on the bottom of the frame and a gold crown is inlaid in the toplever. Overall weight is 7lb 4oz.   ***   The 28” barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and auto ejectors. The right barrel has a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. The left has a constriction of 0.020 for Modified choke. Topped with a smooth concave game style rib. The breech ends of the barrels are adorned by two gold rings with one ring at the muzzles as well. The maker’s name “Armi Famars” is inlaid in gold on the top of the rib.   ***   This Castore was restocked in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut by Piotti in Italy. Straight grip and splinter forearm. Professionally installed leather recoil pad. Stock dimensions are 1-3/8” by 2-1/4” by 15”.   ***   This rare and highly desirable double is in like new condition. Price: $18,495

Harris Holland 500BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Harris Holland .500 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Harris Holland .500 BPE Double Rifle: A Holland 3″ 500BPE double express rifle by Harris Holland. SN 39xx. Harris was the first of the Hollands in “Holland and Holland” and the founder if the initial company. This rifle is in excellent condition for a 140 year old rifle. It has been well taken care of. The 28″ damascus barrels have near excellent bores probably regulated by Bill Froome because it shoots excellent diagrams with black or smokeless powder. They have early Metford style rifling with square lands and grooves. LOP is 14″ to a steel shotgun style butt. It weighs 8 1/2 lbs. Load data appears on left action bar – characteristic of Holland rifles. There is about 60% coverage of fine English scroll crisp and like new. It is very tight and on face with a unique “dolls head” top rib projection – see photos. There are no “negatives” regarding this rifle. I will pay shipping to the contiguous 48. I have plenty more pics and will create specials upon request. Price: $14,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE: 26″IC AND MOD 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT NEW CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 3/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $5,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE
Lefever EE 16ga SxS double Barrel Shotgun - Rare
Lefever EE 16ga SxS double Barrel Shotgun – Rare

Lefever EE 16ga – Rare: Gun retains 50%-60% plus bright original overall case color on frame and sideplates. Roughly 85-90% original plum barrel blue. Original chokes and chambers- 2 5/8″ chambers and choked I/C and Mod.  Excellent bores, 28″ Krupp fluid steel barrels. Original butt stock retains most of the original varnish and does have a white line pad on it. Splinter forearm which, while matches nicely, is likely an early Ithaca replacement based on the engraving and checkering pattern. Nicely engraved with one dog on each side in typical E grade pattern in the 54,xxx serial range. Price: $4995

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Boss & Co. - Best - 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Boss & Co. – Best – 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Boss & Co. – Best – 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: #9729, Sidelock, Ejectors, Boss Single Trigger, Straight Grip: Lop: 14 1/2 ” to a checkered butt, Drop @ comb: 1 1/2 ” Drop @ heel: 2 1/8 “, Cast: 3/16 ” OFF, Weight: 5 lbs, 10 oz. Chamber: 2 3/4″, Bbl Length: 26″, Chokes: IC/M. Price: $70,000

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN: SELF OPENER S/S WITH HAND DETACHABABLE LOCKS, H & H BEST SCROLL, CASE COLORED ACTION, 28″ CHOPPER LUMP BBLS, MIN WALLS 24 THOU, 2 3/4, IC/1/4, STANDARD GAME RIB, EJECTORS, H & H SST, FABULOUS FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, 15 1/8, 1 1/2, 2″, 6LBS 10OZ, OAK & LEATHER CASE WITH ACCESSORIES & CANVAS COVER, EXCELLENT CONDITION, VERY LITTLE USE! Price: $25,950

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN
LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: 30″ MODIFIED AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALOT OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 8LBS X 3 X 1 3/4 X 14 3/8. Price: $12,500

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2″- VERY NICE RIFLE- EJECTOR- EXC BORES- A LOT of FEATURE #16903, Thomas Bland & Sons, 2 King William Street, Strand, London: A Thomas Bland & Sons 375 Flanged Nitro Express 2 1/2″ Double Rifle Made about 1914 with 26″ Ejector shoe lump barrels, Dolls head extension with a third bite, Sideclip action body, Bushed strikers, Bolted safety, Scalloped action back, Hinged front trigger, Nitro proved at 40 Cordite with a 300 grain bullet, 1/4 rib with 1 standing and 2 folding rear sights, Anson release forend, Very open pistol grip, No sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a steel buttplate, 9 lbs. 3 oz., Here is a very nice solid rifle that remains all original to this day, 65% original blue on the barrels, Traces of original case colors, Very solid wood both fore and aft, The checkering is still original and at 90%, The bores are excellent plus without a pit to be had and the rifling is as square as the day it was cut. The piece is accurate and loading information goes with the gun. I believe this is one of few that were proved with a 300 grain bullet, most are 270, plus the rear folding sight is marked “Axite – Nickel Bullet – 320 Grns.”

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2" SXS DOUBLE RIFLE
THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2″ SXS DOUBLE RIFLE

This neat double rifle in a neat and fun cartridge has a lot of features not found on many boxlock English guns of this era; dolls head extension with a third bite, sideclip action body, bushed strikers, bolted safety, scalloped action back and a hinged front trigger. Thomas Bland & Sons were founded in 1840 in Birmingham and expanded to106 Strand in London in 1872. In 1900 they moved to 2 King William Street, Strand in London, and the address of this gun. This durable firm remained in business all these years, an incredible run from muzzle loaders to modern sporting guns. Thomas Bland & Sons Gunmakers Ltd. is to this day a viable firm, registered both in the UK and the USA and can be found on this side of the pond at woodcockhill  Price: $9,900

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge: Made in Suhl, Germany. Boxlock action with a Greener crossbolt.  Ejectors,  28″ Kupp Steel Barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, Chokes F & F. Bright bores. Pistol Grip Stock: 14 1/8″ LOP, 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH. 6 Lbs 14 Ozs. Price: $1,798.88

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Nice looking Lefever alert! A 16g HE with a rare straight grip…

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

I used to be hot for Lefevers – especially ones in 16 gauge.  I owned three F-grades 16s at one point, including one that was practically new.

These days, my passion for Uncle Dan’s doubles has cooled a bit. But I have to say, the Lefever you see here does get my heart pumping. Its sleek looks reminds me why I fell in love with these guns. If the stock was a bit longer, I’d be on the phone right now trying to cut a deal.

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun: Fine condition LOP: 13-3/4″ Drop: 2-1/4″ – 1-1/2″ Cast: 1/4″on Barrel length: 28″ Choke: rt:IC/lt:F (light) Weight: 6lb, 13oz 1913 HE in fine condition, side plates have 99% original case color, frame 70% color, very nice Damascus pattern with very good bores, very minor pitting, barrel wall thickness .040+ both barrels, 2-1/2″ chambers, ser#677–. Price: $3,000

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Last minute alert: Vintage American SxS shotguns going off today…

Here’s an auction just found out about. It’s full of vintage American double barrel shotguns – Lefevers, L.C. Smith, Parkers, Foxes, etc – and some look real nice. Z B Barfield in Hallwood, VA, is having the sale and it starts today @ 11:30 AM EST. Below are some of the SxSs that caught my eye. BTW: this is a very buyer-beware sale. The descriptions of the guns are awful, and the pics are worse. Be careful if you’re bidding blind.

Lot 241: Lefever double barrel 10ga shotgun Damascus Barrel length 32in Length of pull 14in SN 13593

Lefever double barrel 10ga shotgun Damascus Barrel length 32in Length of pull 14in SN 13593
Lefever double barrel 10ga shotgun Damascus Barrel length 32in Length of pull 14in SN 13593

 

Lot 243: Lefever double barrel 12ga shotgun Steel barrel length 28in Length of pull 13.5in SN 59491G

Lefever double barrel 12ga shotgun Steel barrel length 28in Length of pull 13.5in SN 59491G
Lefever double barrel 12ga shotgun Steel barrel length 28in Length of pull 13.5in SN 59491G

 

Lot 249: Lefever double barrel 20ga shotgun Steel barrel Length 28in Length of pull 13 3/4in SN 60029

Lot 249: Lefever double barrel 20ga shotgun Steel barrel Length 28in Length of pull 13 3/4in SN 60029
Lot 249: Lefever double barrel 20ga shotgun Steel barrel Length 28in Length of pull 13 3/4in SN 60029

 

Lot 300: L.C.Smith double barrel Crown Grade 12ga Highly engraved 30in steel barrel length of pull14in SN 68025

Lot 300: L.C.Smith double barrel Crown Grade 12ga Highly engraved 30in steel barrel length of pull14in SN 68025
Lot 300: L.C.Smith double barrel Crown Grade 12ga Highly engraved 30in steel barrel length of pull14in SN 68025

 

Lot 310: Iver Johnson Skeeter .410ga barrel length 28in length of pull 14.25in SN 25593

Iver Johnson Skeeter .410ga barrel length 28in length of pull 14.25in SN 25593
Iver Johnson Skeeter .410ga barrel length 28in length of pull 14.25in SN 25593

 

Lot 314: Iver Johnson Hercules grade 20ga barrel length 28in length of pull 14in SN 24152

Lot 314: Iver Johnson Hercules grade 20ga barrel length 28in length of pull 14in SN 24152
Lot 314: Iver Johnson Hercules grade 20ga barrel length 28in length of pull 14in SN 24152

 

Lot 361: Ithaca 20ga w 28in steel barrel length of pull14in SN 469973

Lot 361: Ithaca 20ga w 28in steel barrel length of pull14in SN 469973
Lot 361: Ithaca 20ga w 28in steel barrel length of pull14in SN 469973

 

Lot 363: Ansley Fox 12ga w 32in steel barrel length of pull 14in SN 19419 BE Grade

Ansley Fox 12ga w 32in steel barrel length of pull 14in SN 19419 BE Grade
Ansley Fox 12ga w 32in steel barrel length of pull 14in SN 19419 BE Grade

Super rare D.M. Lefever alert: a 16 gauge 9F side by side shotgun….

16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s a super rare shotgun. According to the seller, it’s a 16 gauge D.M. Lefever 9F. The pics stink (and description is just as bad), so squint and take a good look. I’ll doubt you’ll see another one.

These guns were made by Daniel Myron Lefever after he left the Lefever Arms Co. I think they were made from about 1901-1905. I’ve seen a couple of them and they are unique guns. This is the only 16g I’ve come across.

This is all the seller is saying out it:

Lefever  16 ga   crossbolt  28″ Krupp  barrels:  9 F  Very pretty  looks like  either  stump  and tree fork walnut   ,only about 20  ever  made , in this grade . Price: $8,400

 

 

16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D. M. Lefever 9F Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a nice Lefever EE double barrel shotgun….

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

Lefever is one my favorite American shotgun makers. While their lower-grade doubles are too plain for me, the E-grades and up are some of the most beautiful side-by-sides this country has ever built.

Check out this EE grade to see what I mean. And if you know where I can find a nice 16 gauge E grade Lefever, please let me know. I’ve been looking for one for years.

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip:  Price: $3,299.99

Serial #: 487XX
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Excellent (Minor Pitting)
Wood Condition: Excellent (Various dents and scratches; free of cracks)
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 30″ Damascus Barrel
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: English Checkered Walnut Stock
Stock Dimensions: 13 1/8 LOP, 2 1/2 DAH, 1 1/2 DAC
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Rubber Pad
Weight: 8 lbs.
Sights: White Front Bead
Chokes: RT IC,LT IC

 

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

A couple American classics: an A.H. Fox B grade & a Lefever EE grade…

A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30" KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS
A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30″ KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS

Here’s the best advice I ever got about collecting shotguns: Buy the most original condition you can afford. People always want good, original guns — especially American guns — and a nice, unmessed-with SxS or O/U always holds its value.  Also, because so many people insist upon “refinishing” their doubles, good, original shotguns get scarcer every day.

So if I were still crazy about American doubles, I would take a long like at the two you see here. They’re as classic as you can get, and both appear to be nearly all original. Both feature fair prices, too, and the Lefever looks like it could be a deal.

A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30″ KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS: F&M, 2 9/16″ CHAMBERS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES. GAME SCENE ENGRAVED WITH BIRDS AND SCROLLWORK, TRACE OF CASE COLOR. ROUND KNOB PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM. NICELY FIGURED ENGLISH WALNUT, FINE CHECKERING, ATTRACTIVE WOOD WITH NICE FINISH. SOLID LEATHER FACED PAD, 1 5/8″ X 2 3/4″ X 14, WEIGHS 7 1/4 POUNDS. MADE IN 1910. NICE ALL ORIGINAL EARLY FOX. Price: $2,350

A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30" KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS
A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30″ KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS: IC & MODIFIED, 2 1/2″ CHAMBER, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, NO DINGS OR DENTS, GRAY FINISH. AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, GAME SCENE ENGRAVING, SETTER IN A CIRCLE ON THE RIGHT, POINTER IN A CIRCLE ON LEFT, FINE SCROLL WORK AND BORDERS, DUCK IN FLIGHT ON THE TRIGGER GUARD, NO CASE COLOR. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, FINE CHECKERING. NICELY FIGURED ENGLISH WALNUT WITH BOLD BLACK STREAKS. VERY SHOOTABLE DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 1/4″ X 14 1/4″ SOLID PAD. MADE IN 1907, 7 1/2 POUNDS. EXCELLENT MECHANICALLY, GREAT CANDIDATE TO REFINISH. Price: $1,800

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS

More pics of a super rare Lefever 20g Lefever 20 gauge BE shotgun…

20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun

High-grade Lefevers are special shotguns. The Bs, As, AAs, Optimus-grades and Thousand-Dollar Grades guns made by Uncle Dan’s company are some of the finest side-by-sides ever made in America. The Lefever you see here is a 20 gauge BE – one of just six B-grade 20 gauge Lefevers known –  and an excellent example of just how nice these upper-grade doubles could be.

B-grade Lefevers were expensive shotguns. In 1883, Lefever listed it for $200, and it continued to cost that until at least 1913. It’s estimated that Lefever built around a thousand B grades, and each one was a custom made shotguns. According to the book “Uncle Dan. Master Gunmaker” by Robert Elliott, Lefever’s 1904-1905 catalog stated the following about them:

20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun

“B” GRADE – $200. Fitted with Automatic Shell Ejector – $215. This is one of our best guns and a popular one with sportsman. We furnish it with English Damascus or Krupp Steel barrels, either being of superior style and of great strength. We fit this gun with a handsome English walnut stock; straight grip, one-half pistol or full pistol grip, horn cap; gold-plated triggers and indicators; horn butt plate. It has the Lefever full compensating action. The engraving is an appropriate hunting scene, as shown on lock=plate, elegantly executed. Richly checkered and finished; ten, twelve, sixteen, and twenty gauge.”

 

20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun
20 gauge Lefever BE double barrel sxs shotgun

 

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