This 8g Lefever is one of my favorite American doubles out there right now. It has it all — original condition, scarcity, and a celebrity connection. It’s coming on Monday in Guyetter and Deeter’s Sept 2023 Fine Sporting Arms auction.
Lefevers built some of the best-looking American shotguns of all time. If these SxSs have a downside, it’s that nice ones are extremely hard to find. Compared to other American makers, the Lefever Arms Co. didn’t build many guns. And also like the other American makers, Lefever built a handful of shotguns in 8 gauge. All that makes this Lefever is one of the most collectible out there.
Lot 49: EXCEPTIONAL LEFEVER 8 GAUGE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN OWNED BY PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND: Excellent and invertment grade. Brls retain about 90% of their plum color original blue. Forend is sound and excellent and retains more than 90% of its original finish with minor handling marks. Sideplates retain nearly all of their vivid original case color. Frame retains more than 65% of its original color with some toning at carry point. Trigger guard has drifted to gray. Triggers with traces of original gold plating remaining. Buttstock is excellent with fine checkering and retains more than 95% of its original finish. There is a tiny beginning grain separation on bottom right stock finger. Pad is a period of use aging replacement. Butt still shows its original widows peak at heel. Bores are bright and shiny. Mechanics are excellent. Simply put, the single best 8ga Lefever known to knowledgeable collectors and should be the center piece of an American double gun collection! Est. $25,000 – $40,000
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