See this week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

BOSS & CO PAIR OVER-UNDER 12 GAUGE SHOTGUNS WITH EXTRA BARREL SETS
BOSS & CO PAIR OVER-UNDER 12 GAUGE SHOTGUNS WITH EXTRA BARREL SETS

BOSS & CO PAIR OVER-UNDER 12 GAUGE SHOTGUNS WITH EXTRA BARREL SETS: MATCHED PAIR; 29″ (1/A) & 26 (2/B)” BARRELS, GOLD LINE COCKING INDICATORS, 1/A BARRELS: IMPROVED CYLINDER AND MODIFIED, 2 1/2″, 2/B BARRELS: IMPROVED CYLINDER AND IMPROVED CYLINDER, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, NON AUTOMATIC SAFETY, STRAIGHT HAND GRIP, GAME FOREND, LEATHER COVERED RECOIL PADS. A matched pair of sidelock ejector shotguns with new extra barrel sets. The original barrels (1/A) are 29″ nitro proved barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers, choked Skeet and Skeet and a ribless top. The new barrels (2/B) are 26″ nitro proved barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers, choked Improved Cylinder and Improved Cylinder and a ribless top. The tops of all barrels are engraved “BOSS & CO. 13 DOVER STREET. PICCADILLY. LONDON. W.” The extensions of the barrels that mate to the action body have “1” and “2” gold inlays. The action bodies are adorned with traditional rose bouquets and scrolls with coin finish. Both sides are engraved “BOSS & CO” and “PATENT 3307.1909”, engraved top levers with “1” and “2” gold inlays and “SAFE” gold inlay on top tang ahead of engraved and checkered slide safe on gun number 1. The actions are fit with double triggers protected by a engraved trigger guards, gold line cocking indicators and non-automatic safties. Well figured reddish brown European walnut stocks with checkered English straight hand grips, drop points and burgundy leather covered recoil pads. The straight hand grip is supported by a long engraved bottom tang with serial numbers in gold. Game forends with matching checkering, engraved forend tips with “1” and “2” gold inlays and Anson style push button releases. The exterior metal of irons near actions are engraved “BOSS’S PATENT NO 3308.1909”. 14-7/8″ LOP’s to burgundy leather covered recoil pads. The shotguns are presented in a pair oak and leather travel case with brass corners. Price: POR 

Fabbri Extra SxS 12 ga Pigeon gun
Fabbri Extra SxS 12 ga Pigeon gun

Fabbri Extra SxS 12 ga: Fabbri sidelock SxS shotgun.  This beautiful shotgun is a type:  Pigeon: model: Extra, which was hand crafterin 1971 by, arguably, the best gun maker in the world, Ivo Fabbri. 12 gauge with 28” Bohler Super Blitz Steel barrels. The barrels are marked 1.320kg which is 2 lbs. 15 ounces and that is just what they weigh. The bores are both marked 18.4cm which is .726” diameter and again they measure just that. The right barrel is choked .016” (Modified) and the left barrel is .025” (IM). 2 ¾” chambers. The bores are mirror perfect.  The raised, hand filed, solid rib tapers from 7/16” to ¼”. Single metal bead at the muzzle. The nicely figured stock has a 14 5/8” LOP from the front trigger to the end of the 7/8” Cole recoil pad.  (The original Fabbri pad is in the case!). There is 1 ¼” DAC with 2” DAH and right-hand cast of ¼” at the heel and 3/8” at the toe.  Up front is a matching beavertail forearm. Double triggers, automatic/selective ejectors, non-automatic safety. The gun weighs 7 lbs. 4 oz. and balances just on the back half of the hinge pin. Anson style push button forearm release. The barrel blue and trigger guard blue retain 99% original finish. The frames case colors are deep and dark with just traces of were on the outer edges. The wood has 97% finishes with a few light handling marks and a small “ding” at the toe along with a small rub spot on the left side of the forearm checkering. As all Fabbri shotguns, this is an exceptional piece of engineering.  It is truly a “best” quality SxS shotgun in spectacular condition for being 51 years old! Price: $36,500

Truly Exceptional L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20ga with original hang tag - A&F gun in superb all original condition:
Truly Exceptional L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20ga with original hang tag – A&F gun in superb all original condition:

Truly Exceptional L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20ga with original hang tag – A&F gun in superb all original condition: Truly superb and all original L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20ga.  Easily the finest example of this grade and configuration I have handled.  Made in 1922 and shipped to Abercrombie and Fitch.  Made with 28″ barrels, Hunter One SST, splinter forend, capped pistol grip buttstock with original buttplate.  Accompanying the gun is the original hang tag from Abercrombie which shows the gun exactly as found today.  Beautifully engraved with scroll and game scenes on sides and fantastically executed gold crown in top lever.  Stocks show excellent grain and color and are sound.

Overall, the gun remains in excellent to near mint original condition with more than 95% bold original case color remaining.  Barrels retain more than 97% original blue.  Stocks are excellent with only minor handling marks, most notably a couple of old impressions but the right side of the top tang, but otherwise excellent to near mint with nearly all of their original finish remaining.  Buttplate is near mint.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp and the gun appears very little used and very well taken care of.  It comes with its original hang tag and LCSCA research letter confirming the gun as found today. This is a gem of a Smith small bore.  If you like investment grade Amerian doubles – this is it! Price: $28,950

Westley Richards - Drop Lock, 98% Case Colored, Pre-War, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked IC/M
Westley Richards – Drop Lock, 98% Case Colored, Pre-War, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked IC/M

Westley Richards – Drop Lock, 98% Case Colored, Pre-War, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked IC/M: Proofed at 2 ½” and the chamber length remains 2 ½”. Drop Lock, patented single selective one trigger. Magnificent game scene and scroll engraving, side clip, third fastener, recessed checkered side panels, drop points, fleur-de-lis deluxe checkering, heel and toe plates, capped horn grip gap that is also engraved like the gun. Retains 98% of case color and blue, including on trigger and drop plate. Jeweled drop lock with interior hinged floor plate. Highly figured Turkish walnut, engraving is sharp like the day it was made. Gun remains AS NEW. Unused. Has all of its pre-war finishes. Truly an outstanding gun. 5 lbs. 7 oz. 14 ¼” x 1 5/8″ x 2 ½” Price: $26,995

ANTONIO ZOLI Expedition 12 GA OU Shotgun
ANTONIO ZOLI Expedition 12 GA OU Shotgun

ANTONIO ZOLI Expedition 12 GA OU Shotgun: Make  ANTONIO ZOLI Model    Expedition Serial #     252963 Country of Origin     Italy Barrel Length (in Inches)     29-1/2 (75cm) Choke R/U     IM Choke L/O     F (Full) Trigger      DT (Double) Stock Configuration     Pistol Grip, Factory recoil pad Forearm Type      Field Style Rib Type     Solid rib Receiver Finish    Casehardened Engraving Type     Fine Scroll Engraving  Other Options     ABS case, 3″ chambers, Extractors Condition    Near PERFECT Weight    7#1oz Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ x 14 7/8″ with 1/4 cast off. Price: $5,000

FYI: The accuracy of this listing has not been verified by Dogs and Doubles. All information has been provided by the seller. Buyers are responsible for verifying the physical condition and all specifications of the listed item. Dogs and Doubles recommends you and a qualified gunsmith physically inspect an item before purchasing.

BEST of the bests: Pair of 12g Boss SxSs, incredible condition…

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

“Where are all the great guns?” That’s what some friends of mine have been saying lately. While good guns are always coming on the market, truly great ones have been scarce — until today.

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

This pair of 12 gauge Boss & Co sidelock side-by-side shotguns popped up on Gunsinternational.com this AM. They’re as good as vintage British shotguns get.

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

In their day, these SxSs were the pinnacle of gunmaking, and two of the most expensive shotguns in the world. Today, they’re rare, and still cost a fortune. From what I can see, no one has messed them up by trying to refresh or restore them.

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″: Sublime 1928 manufactured square body sidelock pair by world renowned Boss & Co. 90-95% original case colors, double triggers, straight grip, ejectors, automatic safety, chopper lump barrels, drop points, beaded trigger guard, fine English scroll, factory leather luggage case. Gun #1 is choked .010″ and .016″ with .729″ bores, weighs 6 pounds 9 ounces, and measures 1 1/2″ x 2″ x 14 1/2″ over a checkered butt. Gun #2 is choked .009″ and .015″ with .730″ bores weighs 6 pounds 10 ounces and has matching stock dimensions. Factory 2 1/2″ chambers with 1 1/8 ounce proof remains. It is very hard to find a pair of Pre-War English guns (let alone Boss guns) in this condition. Price: $90,000

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

Speaking of color-case hardening. What is it? How’s it done?

Last week I put up this post about re-coloring old doubles: Restore it or wreck it? Thoughts on making old guns look new again…

This week I realized something: A lot of folks may not know what color-case hardening or how old-school gunmakers did it (and do it). Fortunately there this video: A.A.Brown & Sons Processes – Colour Case Hardening (same as what you see above).

To learn more about what color-case hardening does and why gunmakers do it, read this article: Colour-case hardening: the last word in form.

A.A.Brown & Sons Processes - Colour Case Hardening
A.A.Brown & Sons Processes – Colour Case Hardening
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