The countdown begins. Guyette & Deeter’s Fine Sporting Arms Auction is this Saturday, February 4th. If you’re into fine doubles, especially Parkers and L.C. Smiths, you need to check out this sale.
Guyette & Deeter is a top decoy auction company. This gun auction marks the launch of their new firearms division and features dozens of SxSs by all the big names, including Purdey, Lefever, Westley Richards, Ithaca, Parker, Fox, and L.C. Smith.
Josh Lowensteiner is part of the team managing this sale. Here’s #1 of his 5 favorite guns coming up this Sat in Guyette & Deeter’s Feb 4 firearms auction. I’ll be counting down Josh’s favorites all this week, featuring #1 on Friday, the day before the sale. If you see anything you like, reach out to Josh right away.
Lockplates are extensively engraved in intricate foliate scrollwork and hidden game scenes with a relief engraved Setter in an oval panel on left plate, relief Pointer in panel on right, and “L.C.Smith ” in a crescent forward of the lock pin on each side. Receiver body has similar foliate scroll engraving interspersed w/ bouquet flourishes and bas-relief vine and scrollwork at the fences. The classic Setter with fallen quail on trigger plate, synonymous with the L.C.Smith brand, is beautifully executed. Blued trigger guard is rose and scroll engraved with hand-cut SN at tang. Auto ejectors, “Hunter One -Trigger”, non-auto safety. Gold inlaid “S” in front of flat safety slide.
Beautiful straight-hand buttstock of richly figured dark-streaked European walnut is finely checkered with fleur-de-lis and ribbon patterns terminating with an aging “No-Shoc” pad. Buttstock and forend are most certainly a period of use factory replacements (post-1920) and have been on the gun for much of its lifetime.
WEIGHT: 7lbs. 14oz. Min. Wall Thickness: .029(Rt) .030(L) Bore Diameter: .727(Rt) .729(L). Bore Restriction: .036(Rt) .035(L). DAC: 1-1/2”. DAH: 2-1/4”. LOP: 14-1/8”.
CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 90% of their factory restored blue, engraving slightly softened and a few small rubs on right tube towards the muzzle. Receiver retains 40%+ of its original case color. Factory replacement stock and forend are sound with minor handling marks and retain most of their rubbed finish. Bores are bright and shiny. Mechanics are crisp, trigger works well and ejectors are in time. This is an exceedingly rare gun and opportunity to acquire one of the most recognised and published A-3 Grades extant!
This exact gun is illustrated in ‘L.C.Smith Shotguns, LTC Wm S. Brophy, 1983 on the cover and pp 21, 47-49, 164-169, 187-188. Accompanied by a L.C.Smith Collectors Association research letter dated January 28, 2022, identifying this gun as being finished January 22, 1906 as one of only 17 twelve gauge guns total. No stock configuration nor shipping info is recorded but there is a notation “McR” at the margin of the ledger for this entry and likely indicates the owner at one time. Also accompanied by archival A & F records, kindly supplied by Griffin & Howe Research, indicating the gun, in its current configuration, was consigned to them by E.A.Thorne in 1960 and sold to H. Gordon Moore in 1961. Harry Gordon Moore, Jr. resided much of his adult life in Lynchburg VA. Mr. Moore was also the author of “Trigger Pullers: An Attempt to Convey the Art of Wingshooting,1976” a compendium of Moore’s articles on gamebird shooting, first published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and The Shooter’s Bible. Note: Moore and Brophy were certainly literary colleagues in the Sporting Fraternity and a friendly loan of the A3 for Brophy’s book is probable. Charlie Hunter spent his lifetime in and around the Staunton – Lynchburg area and was undoubtedly well-acquainted with fellow sportsman Moore. Hunter likely acquired this gun from Moore directly or from his estate after his passing in 1992.
FYI: The accuracy of this listing 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.