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

 

James Purdey & Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns
James Purdey & Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns

James Purdey &Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns: The ultimate pair for driven grouse! 26″ barrels feature original 2-3/4″ chambers, 1-1/4 oz proof, with hand-stippled flat top tapered ribs,  choked improved cylinder/qtr and qtr/half.  Single triggers, straight stocks.   The actions are engraved in the traditional Purdey pattern rose and scroll complete with 99% rich case colors.  The barrels retain virtually all the original lustrous barrel blue.  The stocks measure 1 -1/2″ comb, 2″ heel 15″ LOP over the 1/2″ leather pads, slight cast off.  Perfect checkering original finish with some slight handling marks.  This quintessential pair, built with the balance and quickness essential for the grouse moor, has been in storage since the 1950s and remain in outstanding original condition.   A true consecutive pair, bearing numbers 1 and 2 on the top levers, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz.  Originally ordered by Dean Witter, the founder of the largest investment firm at the time, the twin motor cases are monogrammed “Dean Witter San Francisco”. A fabulous pair for the grouse butt, walk up, or just admiring in your armchair. Price: $59,900 

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS
Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS: This is the first 7E Grade Ithaca we have ever seen, which is understandable since there were only 22 or 25 ever manufactured.  According to Walter C. Snyder, historian of the Ithaca Gun Company, this shotgun was shipped to an undisclosed location on 12/5/44.  The condition is superb, as one might expect from such a high-grade shotgun, it shows almost no wear or evidence of use.  The blue and case-colors are near 100%, the bores are perfect and the highly figured American Walnut stock is ornately checkered and is in near new condition.  It appears that the only non-original part is a proper “sunburst” Ithaca marked reproduction recoil pad.  The case hardened receiver is highly engraved and has six gold inlays including 2 ducks, 2 pheasants, a dog holding a duck and a bald eagle complete with a white gold head.  The shotgun is fitted with ejectors, double gold plated triggers, and the barrels are 28 inches in length, choked full and full (0040″ + .0040″).  The stock dimensions are 14-inch length-of-pull, 2 3/4 inch drop at the heel and 1 3/4 inch drop at the comb. The weight is 7 lbs. 13 oz. The 7E Grade Ithaca is one of the rarest of all American Doubles and it would be hard to find a better one. Comes with a letter from the Chronicler of the Ithaca Gun Company dated 9/5/07. PRICE: $35,000

Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage
Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage

Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage: Nice Grade 8 configured Colt 1878, 10 Gauge, Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun.  This 1881 vintage gun is fitted with 32 inch damascus barrels (with engraving), double triggers, attractively engraved color case-hardened frame and side-plates, checkered Walnut forearm with ebony tip, checkered Walnut pistol grip stock with a Colt black hard-rubber butt-plate and silver initial plaque, engraved color case-hardened hammers, and blue finished and engraved trigger guard and lower tang.  The gun is in fine condition, retaining 20% of its original color case hardened finishes, with the rest turning a pleasing silver/brown patina.  The trigger guard/lower tang retain 50% of their original blue finish and the action top lever retains 85% of its original blue finish.  The action is tight and functions perfectly.  The damascus barrels look nice, with nice figure, and the bores are bright, there is a dent on the right barrel (see picture).  All screw heads are mostly unmolested.  The Walnut stock is nicely figured with minor handling marks and no cracks or chips.  The butt-plate is attached with engraved screws, it fits well to the stock and is in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips. The forearm fits perfectly and is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks.  This is a very nice example of a Colt 1878 Double.  Comes with a Colt factory letter stating gun was shipped on April 18, 1881, to E.K. Tryon & Company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PRICE: $3,550. 

Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck
Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck

Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck: Built in 1984, this gun is one of only 500 Heavy Duck model 23s built. It has 30″ barrels with a tapered solid rib. The chambers are 3″ with bore diameters of .730″ and choked full (.040″) and full .040″). This gun is in excellent all original condition retaining 95% of the original blue and 98% of the original wood finish. The wood is sound and free of any cracks or damage. The stock dimensions are 14″ over the factory Winchester pad,11/2″ at comb, and 21/4″ at heel. The gun weighs 8-0. This gun is a great duck, goose, or pheasant gun. Install screw in chokes in it and you have a great clays gun. Also a nice addition to any collection.  Price: $1995

L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION
L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION

L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION26″ BARRELS, 100% BRIGHT BLUE, MIRROR PERFECT BORES, IM CYL. AND FULL.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, 100% BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR, PERFECT UNTURNED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, BARRELS RING NICELY.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING. VARNISH FINISH STARTING TO FLAKE, NO SIGN OF WEAR ANYWHERE ON THE GUN.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/4″ X 14 1/8″, 6 1/2 POUNDS.  MADE IN 1946. Price: $1775

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