Truly investment grade: a stunning 20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond side by side…

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Investing in shotguns is tricky business. Most of the time the subject comes up I snicker and think “Good luck.” I’ve seen a lot of shotguns and I’ve been around auctions & dealers for a while now. In that time, I’ve seen just a few guns I would consider good enough to invest in.  I think this 20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond SxS is one of them.

For collectors, this little Daly has it all: original condition, incredibly high quality, and scarcity. It’s also another advantage. Over the last decade, shooters and collectors have rediscovered just how fantastic pre-WW2 Daly’s are. Demand has risen and prices have climbed. This trend will continue, especially when for guns like this one.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Regent Diamond’s were Daly’s best guns, and one of the best shotguns ever made. The one you see here is fantastic a example — and it’s a super scarce 20 gauge with 28″ barrels. When it comes to collecting, one thing people will always want is the best of the best. This is it.

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This very fine, top of the line, small bore creation, made in Germany for the firm Charles Daly, has 28″ dovetailed bbls with raised, concave, matted game rib, fitted with Bradley red bead front and King red bead mid sights. Rib is gold inlaid on milled out portion, “Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality”. Breech portion of bbls are engraved for 2-1/2″ with exceptionally well detailed open, shaded scroll emanating from acanthus ferns, as base for scroll framed logos for Witten Excelsior steel. 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottoms of bbls with provisional proofs are stamped “Excelsior Witten”.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Scallop-backed, case hardened, boxlock action with intercepting sears, stamped “PRUSSIA” on water table, features automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), gold-plated pin type cocking indicators, side clips, and square crossbolt third fastener. Nickel-plated double triggers have very fine checkering on finger blades. Action is embellished with exceptionally well cut and beautifully shaded large open scroll matching bbls, surrounding well detailed oval vignettes of game birds, gold inlaid in high relief. Buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over orig ribbed horn buttplate. There is a small inset horn oval on pistol grip tip, and a gold oval on toe line is engraved “G.P.” Stock side panels have broad chip carved borders to central checkered areas, drop point extensions which protrude into checkering which has fancy crenelated borders. Matching, long splinter ejector forend has fleur-di-lis extensions into checkering, horn tip, and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left-.640, right -.640. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.025 (IMod). Wall thickness: left -.025, right -.026. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PROVENANCE: Charles Daly hang tag for this gun along with Abercrombie & Fitch hang tag for this gun, with specifications. (Affixed to trigger guard)

CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Bbls retain nearly all of what appears to be orig lustrous blue, with only a few very minor marks, mostly from contact with action and forend. Action retains 95 – 98% orig case hardening color, with only a hint of silvering on highest points of fences and sharp edges. Trigger guard is slightly silvered at grip, top lever slightly silvered on thumbpiece. The only marks on breechface are from contact with ends of bbls. There are no cartridge or primer halos around firing pin holes. Stocks retain essentially all of their orig rubbed oil finish with some open grain and a few minor marks, checkering excellent. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. As fine an example of this super rare gun as one could ever hope to find. Estimate: $20,000-30,000

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

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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

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