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PARKER BROS. AHE DOUBLE-BARREL SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER BROS. AHE DOUBLE-BARREL SXS SHOTGUN

PARKER BROS. AHE DOUBLE-BARREL SXS SHOTGUN: 12 gauge, 28″ Titanic steel barrels, No. 1 frame, auto ejectors and choked IC & I. MOD.  Serial number 122110 and ordered on Sept. 16, 1903, for George S. McAlpin, New York, NY.  Factory records indicate that it was a capped pistol grip measuring 13 7/8″ to a Silvers pad.   Magnificent relief carved engraved with beautiful pointing dog game scenes.  The muzzle is also border engraved.  In superb condition with the barrels retaining nearly all of the blue.   Excellent wood and checkering.  Relief carved Parker shotguns are extremely scarce and this is a superb example. Price: $32,900

E.J. CHURCHILL BEST BOXLOCK SXS .410
E.J. CHURCHILL BEST BOXLOCK SXS .410

E.J. CHURCHILL BEST BOXLOCK SXS .410: 28″ BARRELS FUL AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP. NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION. MAKERS CASE. 4LBS 12  OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $12,500

Ithaca NID SXS Magnum 10 gauge, 3 1/2" chambers
Ithaca NID SXS Magnum 10 gauge, 3 1/2″ chambers

Ithaca NID SXS Magnum 10 gauge, 3 1/2″ chambers: 32” barrels, Choked F/F, Double trigger, pistol grip, ejector. Original Ithaca pad with aluminum spacer. Virtually all the case color, blue and wood finish. Over five hundred thousand serial number gun. Very heavy magnum. One of the best examples encountered. Beavertail forend, Monte Carlo, little if any use at all. 11 lbs. 5 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 ¼”. Price: $5,995

William Powell 12g Boxlock SxS in Fantastic Original Condition in its Maker's Case
William Powell 12g Boxlock SxS in Fantastic Original Condition in its Maker’s Case

William Powell 12g Boxlock SxS in Fantastic Original Condition in its Maker’s Case:
Boxlock – This gun has incredible condition, heavy proofs, great chokes, and stock dimensions. By high condition I mean 95% or better case color and barrel blacking. What more do you want How about the original maker’s case? You got it. Serial Number: 16041, Ejectors: No, Barrels: 28″, Stock Comb: 1 1/2, Stock Heel: 2 1/8, Stock Cast: 5/16, LOP: 14 7/16″ to checkered butt, Weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz., Choke Left: .022 full, Choke Right: .010 IC, Proof: Nitro: 2 3/4″ original, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .033″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035. Price: $3,000.

FRAPPER MORIN 12GA LIGHT WEIGHT FIELD GUN 6LBS 2OZ:
FRAPPER MORIN 12GA LIGHT WEIGHT FIELD GUN 6LBS 2OZ:

FRAPPER MORIN 12GA LIGHT WEIGHT FIELD GUN 6LBS 2OZ: A light and lively European Game gun. A well balanced, high-quality French 12ga that is lighter than many 20ga guns. Side clips. Hidden 3rd fastener. Manual safety. Great barrels. No dents, splits, pits or cracks. Locks up tight. Priced to sell! Chambers: 2 3/4IN, Condition: VERY GOOD, Bore Condition: BRIGHT, Barrels: 27IN, Gauge: 12 GA, Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL HORN, LOP: 14 1/4IN, Weight: 6LBS 2OZ, Choke Left: IMP/MOD, Choke Right: IMP/CYL, Proof: Nitro: YES. Price: $975

Auction alert: Winchester M21 16 gauge Skeet, Churchill Utility 12g…

E. J. CHURCHILL CASED SHOTGUN - 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless 'Utility' Model
E. J. CHURCHILL CASED SHOTGUN – 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless ‘Utility’ Model

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, ME, is holding there FALL FEATURE AUCTION OF FINE ART & ANTIQUES this weekend. These side-buy-side shotguns are going off on Sat, Nov 08 2014, and the sale starts at 11:00 AM.

Lot 967: E. J. CHURCHILL CASED BOXLOCK SHOTGUN: 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless ‘Utility’ Model, s/n 3900 (circa 1937), double trigger, 30″ barrel, 2 1/2 choke, with crown V and other English proof marks, walnut stock with checkered pistol grip and fore-end, heavily engraved, gold inlaid ‘Safe’ mark, cushioned butt, rib sight, nicely blued finish. 46″ overall. Still has cleaning rods. One small nick in top edge of barrels, otherwise very good condition. Estimate $ 3,000-4,000

 

Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga. Trap / Skeet
Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga. Trap / Skeet

Lot 968: WINCHESTER MODEL 21 16 GAUGE Trap / Skeet SHOTGUN: Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga., s/n 7353 (mfg in 1937), 26′ barrels, WS1/WS2 choked, pistol grip stock, beaver tail fore-end with kidney style checkering, single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, solid matte rib, 43″ long overall. Includes original hard leather case. Excellent overall condition with a few light marks. Estimate $ 2,500-3,500

 

Lot 988: FRENCH SHOTGUN – St. Etienne Manufrance Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge: Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun, serial number 99916, circa 1920, with engraved silver plate block and trigger guard, walnut stock. includes modern soft case. With appropriate manufacturer’s and proof marks. 27 1/2″ barrel, 44 1/2″ long overall. Good condition, minor wear to silver plating, all original except added butt cushion. Estimate $ 800-1,000

St. Etienne Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun
St. Etienne Manufrance Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun

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E.J. CHURCHILL, SxS Boxlock, Double Barrel Shotgun .410 28” F/F
E.J. CHURCHILL, SxS Boxlock, Double Barrel Shotgun .410 28” F/F

E.J. CHURCHILL, SxS Boxlock, Double Barrel Shotgun .410 28” F/F: English walnut straight grip stock, checkered butt, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, 85% barrel bluing and wood finish, 90% vivid case coloring remaining, light handing marks on wood, small and wonderful little gun, includes makers’ case. 14” x 1 1/2” x 2”,  4lbs., 12oz. Price: $18,999

Parker CHE Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge, Straight Hand Grip, 30" bbls
Parker CHE Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge, Straight Hand Grip, 30″ bbls

Parker CHE 12 Gauge, Straight Hand Grip, 30″ bbls: 2 Frame, Very Clean! The action is very clean with some case colors remaining in protected areas, screws are clean, double triggers, tight on the face, the engraving remains sharp. The barrels are 30″ steel with good blue, minor wear to the blue at the hand, bores are very clen, great wall thickness, chokes Full/ Full. The stock is a straight hand/ splinter with good chequering and finish, the stock does not have oil soaking, very minor handling marks, 14 1/4″ LOP to a skeleton butt, the stock is very high at 2 1/4″DAH and 1 1/2″DAC. 7lbs 4oz. Price: $15500

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E Double Barrel Shotgun
AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E Double Barrel Shotgun

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E Double Barrel Shotgun: BBLS. 27 3/4″ – CYL/FULL – 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK, CC 75%, ROUND KNOB SEMI-PISTOL GRIP, LOP 14″ OVER SOLID LEATHERFACED PAD, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, WEIGHS 5 LBS. 7 OZS., OVERBORED , MIN. WALL L.028/ R .022., LOCK UP BY DOUBLE UNDERBITES AND GREENER STYLE CROSSBOLT. SIDECLIPS . Price $4,900

BERETTA - - 426E - 20ga - side-by-side shotgun - 28" M / F - Hand Engraved
BERETTA – – 426E – 20ga – side-by-side shotgun – 28″ M / F – Hand Engraved

BERETTA – – 426E – 20ga – side-by-side shotgun – 28″ M / F – Hand Engraved: 3″ chambers, M / F (.016 / .036), Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, Beavertail Forearm, LOP 14-1/4″ with Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 6 oz. Condition is Excellent Plus – Metal 98+%. Wood has a few very minor marks – nothing through the finish. Price: $2450

WINCHESTER MODEL 101 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED MODIFIED AND FULL, 3″ CHAMBERS, 98% OVERALL. Price $1399

WINCHESTER MODEL 101 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN:
WINCHESTER MODEL 101 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN:

Check out this great looking 20 gauge Churchill Premier side-by-side…

20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved
20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved

The famous engraver Henry Albert Kell, aka Harry Kell, is one of the most famous individuals to emerge from England’s  sporting-arms trade. Born in 1880, he was apprenticed to the trade in 1894. By 1900, his training was complete and he was engraving for his dad’s firm – Sanders & Kell.

20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved
20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved

Between the wars, Harry would inherit this business and build his own successful company. He would also establish a aesthetic style that would make him one of the most famous firearms engravers to have ever lived.

The 20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier side-by-side you see here was probably engraved in Kell’s shop, and maybe even by Kell’s own hand. I say “probably” because Kell didn’t sign the work. This was typical for the time. What isn’t typical is the quality of the work, and like an actual signature, that’s what says “Harry Kell” to people who are in the know.

Over the years, those people have pushed the prices of “Kell” guns higher and higher. That means this nice little 20 gauge Churchill is in fantastic shape – and also a good place to sink some money for the future.

20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved
20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved

LOT 2168: 20 BORE E. J. CHURCHILL EXTRA FINISH (BY KELL) PREMIER PINLESS SIDELOCK LIGHT GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 4814. (ca 1932) Cal. 20 bore. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 25″ Chopper lump bbls with Churchill rib, gold inlaid “XXV”, are engraved “E. J. Churchill. (Gunmakers). Ltd” and “Orange St. Gunworks. Leicester Square. London.” on tops. There are 1-1/2″ pyramids of nicely cut scroll at breech ends. Damascened bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers, and “Choke”. SN is engraved on the bottom of each bbl. Splinter is engraved “Made in England”. Small, nicely scaled, pinless sidelock action is stocked to the fences, and features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and Miller single selective trigger (original double triggers and interceptors are in envelope in case).

Sidelocks have grooved tumbler end cocking indicators. Action and lockplates are engraved with exceptionally well cut shaded scroll outlining vignettes of pheasants; a pair (cock and hen) flushing on bottom of action; trio (two cocks and hen) swooping off hillside on left lockplate; and another trio in meadow setting on right. “E. J. Churchill” is in scroll terminated riband on each lockplate. Blued top lever is gold inlaid with nicely rendered portrait of pheasant looking back over his shoulder. Engraving work most likely was done by Harry Kell, world renown engraver to the London trade.

20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved
20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved

Blued trigger plate is gold inlaid “The – Premier – Quality”. Double beaded trigger guard is engraved with matching scroll with SN in riband at grip. Finely figured and nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over ribbed horn buttplate, and features nicely shaped drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a gold oval on toe line engraved with initials “G. P.” Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.613, right -.613. Bore restrictions: left -.010 (light mod), right -.004 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.029. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Original makers toe under (V. C.) case has stitched leather corners and inset leather rectangle gold embossed “Grant Pierce”. Front right of top is embossed “20g PHEASANT GUN”. Interior is lined in burgundy baize with celluloid Churchill labels tacked in. Case contains 2-pc cocobolo and brass cleaning rod with mop, Turks head and jag; E. J. Churchill marked round oil bottle; and snap caps. Along with envelope containing orig double triggers and interceptors, are an orange “A & F” hang tag with particulars of this gun, and orig key with tag marked “Grant Pierce”.

20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved
20 gauge E.J. Churchill Premier grade double barrel, side-by-side auction, Kell engraved

CONDITION: Excellent, original as found. Bbls retain 95% what appears to be orig black, with a few marks, thinning slightly at normal carry point. Action retains 30% orig case hardening color, balance silver to gray (color appears to have never been vivid). Lockplates retain 70 – 80% of their orig color. Trigger guard and top lever retain most of their orig charcoal blue. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig hand rubbed oil finish showing minor marks, as expected from normal use, along with a few light abrasions. There is a 1/2″ incipient check at rear of right lockplate, which also shows some minor chipping. Checkering shows little wear. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case is very fine. Exterior leather has some minor discoloration, and some knocks and bumps. Orig handle is good. Interior cloth is fine with some rubs, marks, and repairs. Accessories are very fine. Snap caps show some scratches and marks. “A & F” tag is very fine with some creases and fading. An exceptional, dynamic, golden age game gun with some distinctive, well thought out, touches. Just a lovely gun. Estimate: $18,000-23,000

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Beretta S2 12 gauge Over Under Gamegun:
Beretta S2 12 gauge Over Under Gamegun:

Beretta S2 12 gauge Over Under Gamegun: 28″ solid rib barrels choked improved modified and full (.020/.040), automatic ejectors. Imported and retailed by Abercrombie & Fitch New York and is so inscribed on the barrels. Produced in 1950, this example appears to be unfired. Save for a few of the most minor handling marks, this gun appears as new. Perfect screws, perfect wood to metal fit! The sidelock action is moderately engraved and retains all of its original bright finish. Double triggers, straight grip stock of nice figured European walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, and 14-3/4″ LOP to an original buttplate. No pad, no buggered screws, no excuses, if you want the best, this is it. Weighs 6 lbs, 15.5 oz. Complete with a full leather Beretta Gallery trunk case. Price: $7,250

E. J. CHURCHILL BY GRIFFIN & HOWE, 2", 12 Gauge
E. J. CHURCHILL BY GRIFFIN & HOWE, 2″, 12 Gauge

E. J. CHURCHILL BY GRIFFIN & HOWE 12 Gauge: E. J. CHURCHILL BY GRIFFIN & HOWE -2″ CHAMBERS – BOXLOCK EJECTOR WITH SCROLLBACK ACTION,12 Gauge, D.T., STRAIGHT STOCK, 25″ BARRELS WITH CHURCHILL RIB, IC/IC, WT 5 LBS 7 OZS., LOP 14″ OVER LEATHER COVERED PAD, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/16″, CASE COLORS 90%. Price: $5,300.00

GRIFFIN & HOWE BEST PAIR 2" game guns 12 gauge
GRIFFIN & HOWE BEST PAIR 2″ game guns 12 gauge

GRIFFIN & HOWE BEST PAIR 12 gauge,  2″ Game Guns: GUN #1 IS SIDEPLATED WITH 17 GOLD INLAYS 25″031 AND 042 2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT 5LB 5 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 5/8 X 14 GUN #2 IS A SCALLOPED FRAME WITH 26 GOLD INLAYS AND LOTS OF GOLD WIRE DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR BEAVERTAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT 5LB 11 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2 BOTH ARE CASED IN A MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE. Price: $59,500.00

Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon V, 28 Gauge
Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon V, 28 Gauge

Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon V, 28 Gauge: 2 3/4 Inch, 28 Inch Vent-Rib Barrel, Walnut Straight Grip Stock, LOP 14 1/8 Inch, Beretta Recoil Paid, 6 lbs. Comes with a Beretta hard case, manual, and two choke tubes .Price: $3,899.99

Browning Grade 1 Superposed RNLT Lightning Field 20 Ga. S# 19xxx (1960) Superposed 20ga., 26 1/2″ VR bbl. choked Sk/Sk, SST., Ejts., knockout Belgium  blond walnut stock & forearm, 98% OA blue, lightest of handling. Price: $2,699.00

Browning Grade 1 Superposed RNLT Lightning Field 20 Ga.
Browning Grade 1 Superposed RNLT Lightning Field 20 Ga.

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Alexander Henry .450 BPE hammer double rifle
Alexander Henry .450 BPE hammer double rifle

Alexander Henry 450 3 1/4: Alex Henry 450 3 1/4″ BPE, Hammer underlever, recent rebrown, 1 standing 2 folding sights, in makers case. Case is marked with a crown and “S” reportedly built for   the Earl of Scarborough. $9,500

JULES GERVAIS BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: 29 3/4 ” 012 AND 049 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 7LB 4 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 X 14. $7,500

12 gauge Jules Bervais side-by-side double barrel sidelock shotgun
12 gauge Jules Bervais side-by-side double barrel sidelock shotgun

BEAUTIFUL WESTLEY RICHARDS 20GA — STRAIGHT STOCK — ALL ORIGINAL: 27 1/2 ‘ IC/FULL — 2 TRIGGERS — EJECTOR — EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH APPROX 60% ORIGINAL FADED COLOR — EJECTORS — 5LB 13 OZ. $5,950

E.J. Churchill ‘REGAL’ Side By Side 12g. Shotgun: Vibrant Case Colored Reciever, 28″ Barrell, Splinter Forend, Push Button Release, Automatic ejectors. $3,495.00

L. C . SMITH – CROWN GRADE TRAP – VENT RIB SINGLE BARREL: CROWN GRADE -32″ VENT RIB – CHOKE FULL9 .030 ) – WEIGHT 8 LBS. – DROPS 1 3/8′ x 1 11/16″ – lop 13 7/8″ OVER HAWKINS PAD -CASE COLORS 98% – BLUE 99% – WOOD 98% – THIS GUN COULD HARDLY BE ANY BETTER. A REAL COLLECTORS PIECE. – $10,000.

 

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