Josh Lowensteiner is part of the team managing this sale. All this week, we’ve been looking at some of his favorite lots. Today we’ll see his final pick. There are links to his other favorites at the end of this post.
This gun, his first Boss Action Over/Under marks the start of his successful endeavor to make a best quality hand finished gun in America successfully in the 20th and 21st Century. No doubt successful and incredibly impressive, this gun made with 28” fluid steel barrels, 2-3/4” chambers, that have solid filed top rib. Bbls with single small brass front bead, otherwise unmarked. Finely point pattern checkered Boss style forend with diamond shaped engraved escutcheon and fine English scroll engraved Anson type push button release at muzzle end. Forend iron is blued with fine scroll engraving. Full sidelock casehardened Boss action engraved in rose and scroll pattern with 5 floral bouquets on each lock.
Locks engraved with makers name “A. Galazan” in riband at center, forward of the tumbler and fine scroll engraved throughout by famed engraver Thierry Duguet, and signed “Th. Duguet” just forward of the rolled edge trigger guard bow. Trigger guard bow engraved en-suite with SN “001” on tang. Mounted with a stunning piece of dark highly figured European Walnut with carved tear drops behind locks, and is checkered in point pattern through the wrist and terminates with blued fine English scroll engraved heel and toe plates with checkered center. Gun made with single trigger, auto ejectors, and non-auto safety. “SAFE” inlaid in gold in front of “T” shaped safety slide. Top lever is blued and scroll engraved. WEIGHT: 6lbs 13oz. Bore Diameter: .615(T) .615(B). Bore Restriction: .031(T) .032(B). DAC: 1-3/8”. DAH: 2-3/8”. LOP: 14-3/4”.
CONDITION – Extremely fine as lightly field used. Gun retains virtually all of its factory original finish on all wood and metal surfaces with only very minor marks from assembly and very limited gunning use. Mechanics are excellent. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Ejectors are in time and trigger functions well.
FYI: The accuracy of these listings 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.
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.
Lot 51: RARE AND ICONIC L.C. SMITH A-3 GRADE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN ILLUSTRATED PROFUSELY IN LT. COL WM BROPHY’S “L.C. SMITH SHOTGUNS” BOOK: SN. 205157. The A3 Grade was introduced to the line in 1895 as “The finest gun in the world for the money”. It was the highest grade L.C. Smith until the grade designations were changed in 1913. Made in 1906 with 30” Whitworth Fluid steel bbls, 2-3/4” chambers, matted concave rib and bbl extension with red mid and ivory front bead. Muzzles are nicely crowned and have bands of engraving as well as 1” scroll wedges. Breech ends of bbls have 2-1/2” wedges of scroll on tops and gold inlaid lightning bolts running through each and are hand engraved “Sir Joseph Whitworth Fluid Compressed Steel” / “Made to Order By the Hunter Arms Co. Fulton, NY”. Later factory replacement type-2 beavertail forend is finely checkered with fleur-de-lis ribbon at center and fully engraved banjo type roll release and sculptured iron. Inside of forend iron is hand engraved with scrollwork, SN and 1901 Lewis Ejector patent info. Bbl flats are nicely engine turned with hand engraved SN, bottom of tubes w/original Whitworth trademark stamps and forend lug stamped “A 3”. Masterfully engraved case hardened sidelock action is most certainly the work of Albert E. Kraus, employed from 1890-1945.
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.
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.