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Fantastic Prewar Boss Heavy Proof 12ga Pigeon Gun with original case- Sumner Engraved and choice in every respect
Fantastic Prewar Boss Heavy Proof 12ga Pigeon Gun with original case- Sumner Engraved and choice in every respect

Fantastic Prewar Boss Heavy Proof 12ga Pigeon Gun with original case- Sumner Engraved and choice in every respect:
Built in the late 1920’s at the peak of fine gunmaking, this London Best needs no introduction.  An extremely fine 12ga Boss heavy proof pigeon gun made with 30″ Sir Joseph Whitworth Fluid steel chopper lump barrels that have beautiful hand filed top rib.  Gun made with splinter forend with Anson type pushbutton release.  The case hardened action is engraved in gorgeous rose and scroll and is very delicate and finely cut- most certainly by Sumner and a work of art to behold!  The gun was made with double triggers, auto ejectors, safety.  The engraved steel capped pistol grip buttstock is of extremely fine English Walnut with great grain and contrast and terminates with its original checkered butt.  The gun is housed in what appears to be its original Oak and leather case with makers label on inside. The gun remains in excellent overall condition.  Barrels retain nearly all of their factory quality restored finish.  Action retains about 65% bold original case color.  The stocks are sound, gorgeous figure, and retain about all of their hand rubbed finish.  Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price: $35,950

J. Purdey Percussion 16 Bore SxS Double rifle
J. Purdey Percussion 16 Bore SxS Double rifle

J. Purdey Percussion 16 Bore SxS Double rifle: This antique Purdey double rifle is cased and has the original leather covered flask and oil bottle.  The flask is marked “AM FLASK AND CAP CO” and the oil bottle is marked “James Dixon & Sons  212M”.  The original key is present.  The case shows it’s age, however the rifle has stood the test of time very well. There are case colors present on the locks as well as the breech.  The locks have safeties and they exhibit strong case colors.  The bores have 10 lands and groves and are simular to Henry Rifling and there is a light frosting in the bores. The original ebony ramrod is serial numbered to the gun.  The gun weighs 8 pounds 1 ounce.  The barrels are 29 3/8 inches long.  It has a round cap box that is well engraved as is the rest of the gun.  The screws have not been buggered.  The rib is engraved “J. Purdy 314 1/2 Oxford Street London” The English checkering is strong and in good condition and the barrels are stub Damascus.  Guns of this type do not come along very often.  A great buy on today’s market.Price: $12,000.99  

WILLIAM CASHMORE SCALLOPED BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE 2 BARREL SET
WILLIAM CASHMORE SCALLOPED BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE 2 BARREL SET

WILLIAM CASHMORE SCALLOPED BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE 2 BARREL SET: SN# 202XX, GAME SCENE ENGRAVED, 26″ SOLID RIB BARRELS (.009 AND .009 CONSTRICTIONS) 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, 30″ SOLID RIB BARRELS (.011 AND .011 CONSTRICTIONS) 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, BOTH BARRELS NP 1 OZ 2 3/4″, 4 POINT LOCK UP, SIDE CLIPS, NO SAFETY, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH SOME LIGHT HANDLING, 5LBS 10 OZ W/ 26″ BARRELS, 6LBS 0 OZ W/ 30″ BARRELS, 2 7/8″ DAH, 1 1/4″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP, NO CASE Price: $11,500 

CHURCHILL 20 from 1954- TOTALLY ORIG in EXC PLUS COND- BOXLOCK EJECT w/ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- ORIG 95% BLUE & CASE COLORS- EXC Bbls. INSIDE & OUT-CASE
CHURCHILL 20 from 1954- TOTALLY ORIG in EXC PLUS COND- BOXLOCK EJECT w/ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- ORIG 95% BLUE & CASE COLORS- EXC Bbls. INSIDE & OUT-CASE

CHURCHILL 20 from 1954- TOTALLY ORIG in EXC PLUS COND- BOXLOCK EJECT w/ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- ORIG 95% BLUE & CASE COLORS- EXC Bbls. INSIDE & OUT-CASE: #7285, 20 Bore, E. J. Churchill (Gunmakers) Ltd., Orange Street, Gunworks, Leicester Square, London: A Churchill 20 Bore Game Gun in Boxlock Ejector Made in 1954 That Remains in Excellent Condition, 25″ Ejector Chopper Lump Barrels, Proved in Birmingham at 1 ounce and 2 3/4″, .614 .003 & .016″ (Skt.I & Imp.Mod.), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on both the right and left at .036″, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/8″ over a near full face checkered butt, Cast-Off for the right hand; Swept comb and stock with the top tang, top lever and the trigger guard off-set to the right from a true straight line of the barrels and receiver, This gun points like a dream and is near perfect for a right hand shooter, Great 20 Bore weight at 6 lbs. 1 oz., Very nice wood, 85% coverage of period scroll engraving, The original barrel blue at 95%, The original case colors at 95% and remain bright and vivid, The original stock finish at 96-97%, The checkering is at 99%, The barrels inside & out remain in excellent plus condition and completely free of any dings or pits, The striking on the barrels are excellent, It is cased in the original maker’s leather cornered leather trunk with the proper trade labels, The barrels remain on the face, They have a pronounced chime. On walk up bird shooting over dogs 25″ barrels work absolutely as efficient as longer barrels in the hands of the average upland hunter. If you can prove me differently, I will give you this gun plus pay the shipping to you. Here is a totally original game gun inside and out that remains in excellent condition with mechanics that will last another lifetime. An early post-war boxlock with chopper lump barrels is not encountered very often. Price: $6,600

Engraved Ithaca 3E Flues with 30 Inch Chain Damascus Barrels Made 1919
Engraved Ithaca 3E Flues with 30 Inch Chain Damascus Barrels Made 1919

Engraved Ithaca 3E Flues with 30 Inch Chain Damascus Barrels Made 1919:
Guns by Sally-always the best for less. We are so proud to offer this fine example the classic American double made in Ithaca, New York. The Ithaca name has a very loyal following, and this example can show us why. This is the 3E grade, moving up the grade scale enough for some gorgeous walnut, truly unique game scene engraving, just as unique checkering patterns, and the icing on the cake is that she is fitted with 30 inch Chain Damascus barrels. This is a very striking firearm, and can get your attention from across the room. Even the top rib stands out, with its deep and distinctive machined matting. Made in the year of our Lord 1919, it does not look like it is 103 years old. The original blue is mostly strong, with some thinning at carry points and near the muzzle. The receiver bears sharp, high contrast engraving set against generous amounts of case color. The checkering is very good, and the Damascus pattern is just as bold as the rest of the gun. From the large ivory bead to the original Ithaca butt plate, this shotgun screams high grade American double. The lever resides to the right of center, ejectors toss the empties, and she is choked old school, full and full. Built for the long run, she weighs in at just under 7 1/2 pounds. Drops are 1 5/8 and 2 3/4 inches, with an LOP of 14 inches. Chambers are 2 3/4 inches, and RST loads can allow this beauty to keep knocking down birds for years to come. This fine double represents a true bargain in this category. While you can spend many times this amount for a high grade double, they won’t get any more attention in front of your safe than this Fluesy. If you have been looking for the right classic Ithaca to collect, for investment, or for a classy hunt, then look no further. Price: $2800

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E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29" barrels:
E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels:

E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels: Choked .005/.009 (improved cylinder/open modified)  feature a raised, tapered file cut game rib.  Auto ejectors, auto safety, single trigger.  The round bar action is engraved in the finest small scroll with a fabulous scene of flushing quail on the action bottom and framed with “EJ Churchill Premier” in gold.  The locks also bear the Churchill name, also in gold, contrasting against the old silver finish.  Truly a sensational visual treat!  Pistol grip stock of dark, old-world burl walnut with extraordinary figure measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-3/8″ to a checkered butt, slight cast for a right-hand shooter.  Slight forward bias, weighing only 5 lbs., 10 oz., results in an exceptional feel and swing.  A true masterpiece! Just the ticket for quail and dove! Deluxe brass cornered leather case with outer canvas cover. Offered at half of replacement. Price: $57,500

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal
Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal: 26″ Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Price: $14,900

Scarce Parker VH 28ga "00" Frame Gun with perfect dimensions
Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions

Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions: Made in 1927, this handy little gun made on a “00” frame with 26″ Vulcan Steel barrels.  Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors.  The gun has been completely restored by Larry Del Grego and Sons and made into a straight grip gun with fantastic modern stock dimensions with a long LOP.  Overall, the gun remains in superb condition as restored by Del Grego.  It retains virtually all finish to both wood and metal showing only very minor use and handling marks.  Mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny. Price: $14,500

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!
William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color: This London 16 is in wonderful condition with over 90% original case color remaining. It is light and balances well and is tight as a drum. The trigger pulls are crisp and the auto ejectors shoot the shells across the room. Beyond wonderful condition, this London sidelock has near full coverage acanthus leaf engraving that is just stunning. What a wonderful little bird gun! Serial Number: 16988, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 1/2″, Barrel Type: Steel Action: Sidelock ejector, Gauge: 16 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 5/16″, Stock Cast: 7/16″, LOP: 14 7/8″, Weight: 6 lbs. 1/2oz.,  Choke Left: .032 extra full, Choke Right: .010 IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032″. Price: $4,900

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case
Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case: Early Browning Superposed 20ga with 28″ vent rib barrels in very nice original Tolex case made in 1950.  Gun has been used and shows some finish loss on the bottom of the receiver and stock but is otherwise in very good condition.  The 28″ vent rib barrels are choked IC/M and are for 2 3/4″ shells.  The Tolex case is in excellent condition however the inside strap is missing. Price: $4000

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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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