Auction alert: Real nice 12g W & C Scott hammer shotgun …

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Back in the ’90s, most hammer guns were curiosities few people were interested in. But thanks to magazines like The Doublegun Journal and organizations like The Vintagers, these old SxSs became the must-have doubles everyone wanted. Old ones that wouldn’t have brought $500 in 1995 were selling for $2,500 by 2005.

As a result, gun dealers grabbed every hammer gun they could find, slapped a high price on it, and made money. So today harder than ever to find nice, original hammer guns at decent prices. That being said, the W & C Scott sidelock SxS hammergun you see here appears to just that – nice, original and, because it’s a no-reserve auction, fairly priced.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

When this gun was made, W & C Scott’s best-quality gun was The Premier Gun. This isn’t a Premier. Instead, it’s a high-quality, hand built, medium-grade gun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends on 8/30/2018 @ 9:31 PM, EST.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Beautiful W&C Scott Sidelock Double that was was manufactured at the Birmingham works in 1878 for retail through Scott’s London storefront. A bespoke piece with features, dimensions and appointments tailored to order, the gun features 30″, twin-beaded, browned Damascus barrels joined by a solid rib, manual extractor, wonderfully figured English Walnut pistol grip stock capped with a checkered buttplate of horn, and embellishment in the form of 70% engraving coverage. Brilliantly performed by one of the era’s finest artists, the engraving consists of classic, English vine-and-scroll highlighted by a Spaniel and Setter on either flank, each dog chasing an egret and a pheasant, respectively. The engraving extends to both the barrel and bolsters, while the blued trigger guard is adorned with a matching game bird. Wonderfully finished and in a remarkable state of preservation, the gun has seen no restoration, refinish or refreshing, with unfaded engraving, vivid Damascus star patterns on the barrel, while the receiver is awash in original case color. A wonderful find for the discriminating enthusiast, this Scott undoubtedly saw regular use followed by intervals of maintenance, likely by the original maker. Appearing ready for the field for decades to come, the gun locks up tightly, exhibits

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

bits superior balance and both bores are pristine. A true classic from a British icon, this all-original early W&C Scott Sidelock would be an outstanding addition to any advanced collection.

 

Condition

Very fine, the gun has seen no refinish, and retains better than 70% naturally softening case color on the frame and hammers, with the areas of selected bluing displaying almost no finish loss apart from subtle fading. The barrels have largely turned to a brown-tinged steel patina with 70% Damascus pattern. There is light oxidation along the outside of the barrels with rubbing around the muzzle-no rust or pitting is present on any metal surface. The markings are correct, with matching numbers on all components and no fading of the engraving. No import or export mark is present and the gun has not been reproved. The furniture shows light, consistent wear to the checkering and no cracks, chips, sanding or refreshing. Mechanically excellent, both bores are on the face, lockup is tight and the action is impressive. The bores are outstanding-clean and bright with no rust, pitting or oxidation.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Auction alert: 12 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier, 19th century…

W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun

Here’s one of my all time favorite shotguns. This 12g Scott Premier is on Gunbroker.com now. The listing ends today, 2/15/2016, @ 11:04:58 AM ET.

W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun: This fine Scott features beautiful Damascus barrels. Early hammerless sidelock non-ejector with crystal indicators, patent “Lever Grip Lock”, and “Block Safety”. Good 30″x2 5/8″ Damascus barrels, bores (Ic/F). Engraved action w. English scroll each lockplate. Good wood on this English sidelock. The gun is shootable, but slightly off the face. Widows peak on butt plate, full length trigger and Doll’s head 3rd fasterner Antique: Yes Manufacturer: W. & C. Scott Damascus 12 ga. with good barrels. Serial Number: 275XX Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 30 Barrel Type: Damascus Action: back action Gauge: 12 gauge Stock Comb: 1 7/8” Stock Heel: 2 ¾”.

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DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 27″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 3 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 9/16 X 14 1/8. Price: $7,500

WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS – FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING – ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884Here is a WC Scott 12 gauge – Model 67 with elegant cicular hammers. Completely original condition.  Made in 1884. Elegant fine scroll and resting swan in water scene engraving. WC Scott patent lever forend latch. Double undebite. Rebounding hammers. Case colors. Strong damascus pattern. Bores as original – both barrels measure .730 with 30/1000 choke. Barrel length is 28″. Chambers measure just slighly less than 2 3/4″. Tight on face. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 7/8″, Drop at Heel – 3 1/2″. Price: $3,400

WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS - FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING - ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884
WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS – FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING – ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884
Rizzini - Aurum Classic - 20ga - 3" - 29-1/8" - Factory Chokes
Rizzini – Aurum Classic – 20ga – 3″ – 29-1/8″ – Factory Chokes

Rizzini – Aurum Classic – 20ga – 3″ – 29-1/8″ – Factory Chokes: Round Knob Pistol Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Excellent Plus Condition – Metal is about 99% As New. Fired very little – lever is well over to right. Wood shows some handling marks from use in the field. Includes: Box, Papers, Six Chokes, Choke Wrench. Price: $2,350

J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY.  12 GA DOUBLE: AUTO EJECTORS  DOUBLE TRIGGER. LOP 14 1/8″ DAH 1 1/4″ DAH 1 1/2″ WEIGHT 6 LBS  7OZ BARREL LENGTH 28 1/4″ CHOKES RIGHT BARREL MODIFIED LEFT BARREL FULL. SERIAL NUMBERS ALL MATCHING ((400401)) CHAMBER LENGTH MARKED 2 3/4″ FACTORY BARREL BLUE 90%, BUTT STOCK FACTORY SAUER PLATE FINISH VERY GOOD,NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, FOREARM EXCELLENT NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, GREENER CROSS BOLT  SCALPPED RECEIVER.  BORES EXCELLENT FREE ON DENTS AND NO PITTING.  BARRELS TIGHT TO FACE. HAS FACTORY LEATHER COVERED CASE WITH COMPARTMENTS((INTERIOR HAS BEEN REDONE ). Price: $1,795

J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY.  12 GA DOUBLE
J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY. 12 GA DOUBLE
BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/U
BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/U

BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/USerial # 109xx, circa mid 1980’s.  Absolutely excellent ++, extractor, TL, O/U 410 with 27″ barrels, choked Full & Mod, 3″ chambers, machined vent rib, weighing 5.5 lbs and retaining 99+ blue. Double trigger, cross-bolt, side plated boxlock, border engraved with “Bruno Castellani” on the left, and “Gardone, Italy” on the right sideplates in banners.  Castellani was a retailer in Gardone during the 1980’s.  The entire receiver & sideplates covered in 100% casecolors and protective varnish.  Excellent, finely and extensively checkered european walnut with 1/2 PG, 1 1/2″ & 2 1/2″ drop, 14 3/8″ LOP over solid black pad and neutral cast. Price: $1395

Couple cool double barrels: a W & C Scott & a J.D. Dougall…

Check ’em out. The first one is a 12g W.&C. Scott Premier. It’s a real early hammerless Premier side by side. According to the patent use number, it’s the 67th gun built on that action.

The second gun is an 8 gauge J.D. Dougall double barrel. Nice shotgun, but it needs work.

Vintage Double of the Week: a W. & C. Scott 8 gauge…

As the 19th century ended, the shooting world was winding up 100 years of change. In 1800, muzzle loading flintlocks had ruled the field. Then in 1839, percussion guns took over, followed by breech loaders and then centerfire hammerguns. By 1885, these hammerguns were out and self-cocking, hammerless doubles were in.

8 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun
8 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun

While the new hammerless guns had their benefits, hammerguns had two advantages that were tough to beat. First, exposed hammers make it easy to see if a gun is cocked and ready to fire. Second, cocked hammers can be dropped, decocking the gun and returning it to a “safe” state.

So some people raised on hammerguns must have looked at the new, “hammerless” models with suspicion. To overcome their apprehensions, some makers added cocked indicators to their hammerless guns. A few makers even came up with ways to uncock there guns. But, W. & C. Scott may be the only maker to ever come up with a way to do it all, and you can see their solution in this gun. This is the gun and it’s an 8 gauge that Scott called THE COMBINATION. Lewis Drake had this gun a while ago. Like a lot of his stuff, this gun looks like it was in very original condition.

 

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