It’s day 4 of our countdown to Guyette & Deeter’s Fine Sporting Arms Auction. this Saturday, 2/4.
Josh Lowensteiner is part of the team managing this sale. Monday, we looked at the first of Josh’s five favorites: Lot 51 RARE AND ICONIC L.C. SMITH A-3 GRADE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN ILLUSTRATED PROFUSELY IN LT. COL WM BROPHY’S “L.C. SMITH SHOTGUNS” BOOK.
Tuesday, we checked out his number two: Lot #19: EXCEPTIONAL NEAR MINT AND FINEST OF ITS KIND PARKER AHE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN WITH OPTIONS
Yesterday, we look at his third pick: Lot 18: EXCEEDINGLY RARE, INVESTMENT QUALITY PARKER BROS BHE GRADE 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN W/FACTORY VENT RIB:
Today, here’s Josh’s fourth favorite gun in Guyette & Deeter’s Fine Sporting Arms Auction.
Lot 6: BEAUTIFUL AND RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 21-6 FACTORY UPGRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN SN. 6517. Per Cody Firearms Museum Records, originally ordered in 1935 as a Standard Grade 28” Mod/Full gun with medium comb Trap Grade wood for one “Jimmy Tuttle”. Gun was returned to the factory in 1939 for rebarreling to 26” WS-1/WS-2 and embellished to 21-6 pattern engraving as it appears today: 26” Winchester Proof Steel bbls that have matted concaved top rib with small steel mid and white front beads. Breech ends of bbls with 2-1/2” scroll wedges.
Bbl flats are nicely engine turned and stamped with gauge and chamber info. Bottom of bbl tubes stamped “WS-1/WS-2” choke marks. Pistol grip stock and beavertail forend finely checkered with nicely scroll engraved roll type release and iron. Inside of forend is engine turned with SN stamped on metal and wood.
Receiver is beautifully engraved in 21-6 pattern w/classic Setter in relief panel on left, Pointer in relief panel on right all encased in well-executed foliate scrollwork. The bbl fences are sculpted in oak leaf relief and top of frame is full coverage foliate scroll engraved, as is the top lever. Trigger plate is similarly adorned w/ large relief engraved panel at center with pheasants in upland scene. Trigger guard is engraved w/relief bust of Pointer and fallen quail in small panel and tang with bursts of scroll. This fine execution is most likely the work of George Ulrich. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Serial Number Search form. WEIGHT: 6lbs. 12oz. Min. Wall Thickness: .030(Rt) .029(L). Bore Diameter: .666(Rt) .667(L). Bore Restriction: .009(Rt) -.017(L). DAC: 1-5/8”. DAH: 2-9/16”. LOP: 14” to checkered butt.
CONDITION: Excellent and collector quality. Bbls with more than 95% of their original blue. Forearm is excellent with scattered light handling marks. Frame with about 95% of its factory blue. There is beginning high point edgewear but generally the blue is quite strong and the engraving is crisp. Buttstock is excellent with scattered light handling marks and minor finish abrasions and retains about 90% of its finish and checkering remains strong. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp, safety slide is a bit sluggish. C&R.
FYI: The accuracy of these listings has not been verified by Dogs and Doubles. All information has been provided by the sellers. Buyers are responsible for verifying the physical condition and all specifications of the listed items. Dogs and Doubles recommends you and a qualified gunsmith physically inspect an item before purchasing.