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

Very fine 28ga Webley and Scott model 728 Boxlock SxS
Very fine 28ga Webley and Scott model 728 Boxlock SxS

Very fine 28ga Webley and Scott model 728 Boxlock SxS: These are high quality and dynamic guns – this one made with 25″ barrels that have checkered splinter forend that has Anson type push button release.  Case hardened and engraved action is nicely scroll engraved with makers name on sides.  Barrels with makers name on right tube and “Harrington and Richardson” on left.  Blued trigger plate.  Made with double triggers, auto safety, and auto ejectors.  This gun made with straight grip buttstock that terminates with checkered butt. Overall, the gun remains in excellent lightly used original condition with nearly all original finish to wood and metal surfaces. The barrels retain more than 97% original blue. Action retains most all of its original case color. Stocks are sound and retain most all of their original finish. Trigger plate retains about all of its original blue.  Trigger guard has toned at grip and retains about 1/2 of its original blue.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $6,295

Johann Springer 16g. Boxlock. High grade with excellent triggers and long elegant barrels
Johann Springer 16g. Boxlock. High grade with excellent triggers and long elegant barrels

Johann Springer 16g. Boxlock. High grade with excellent triggers and long elegant barrels: Serial Number: 9045 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 75 cm (29 3/8″) Barrel Type: Steel Action: Side plated boxlock Gauge: 16 gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 1/4″ Stock Cast: 0 LOP: 13 7/8″ (13 5/8 Weight: 6 lbs. 6.5 oz. Choke Left: .037 extra full Choke Right: .012 IC-Mod Proof: Nitro 2 1/2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .021″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″ Price: $5,200

Browning BSS, 20GA, 28″ bbls, Straight Grip, NEW in maker’s case: A beautiful example of a Browning BSS, 20, 28in brls, SST, SG, BTFE, barrels Choked Mod and Full. Serial Num: 02363 RP368. These guns are very very hard to find in there original Browning Factory Hartman Travel Case made for the BSS. Originally purchased new. Both wood and  metal surfaces are very nice. We were told this gun lightly shot 4 or 5 shells as test fired. This example BSS is a bit of a time machine and with very rare fitted case. Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge Serial Number: 02363RP368 Barrel Length: 28in Bore Info: Mirror and Bright Chambers: 2 3/4in & 3in Ejectors: Yes, strong Condition: Minty Metal Condition: Minty Wood Condition: Minty Bore Condition: Minty Barrels: Special Steel Barrel Type: Side by Side Action: Break Action Triggers: Single Select Stock: Straight, English Stock Cast: Neutral for RH and LH shooter Fore End: Beavertail Butt Pad: Factory Browning (hard) LOP: 14 1/2 inches Rib: Factory Finish: Oil finish, as new Weight: 6lbs, 6oz Chokes: Fixed Choke Left: Full Choke Right: Mod Engraving: Factory, still sharp Case: Factory Hartman Case. Price: $3,895  

Sig Arms ~ Aurora ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Italian ~ Shotgun
Sig Arms ~ Aurora ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Italian ~ Shotgun

Sig Arms ~ Aurora ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Italian ~ Shotgun: This gorgeous shotgun is a lightweight upland over and under featuring a color case-hardened receiver, removable chokes, selectable barrels, and an English style stock. In great condition for going out in the field with any field hunter. 28 Gauge. Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Very Good; light handling marks Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 28″ w/ Vented Rib Triggers: Single Select Stock Dimensions: 14.5″ LOP Fore End: Textured Wood w/ Ebony Diamond Inlay Butt Pad: Rubber Weight: 6lbs Sights: Front Bead Chokes: Full – Over; Modified – Under. Price: $2,499.99

L.C. Smith 20Ga. 30" bbls. Field Grade. SxS. Shotgun
L.C. Smith 20Ga. 30″ bbls. Field Grade. SxS. Shotgun

L.C. Smith 20Ga. 30″ bbls. Field Grade. SxS. Shotgun: L.C. Smith 20 gauge field grade with 30″ Armor steel barrels. This gun is in excellent original condition. It retains around 25% of the original case color,90% of the original barrel blue,and 90% of the original wood finsh. The barrels have mint bores and are choked full and full with 23/4″ chambers.. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The gun is built on a featherweight frame and weighs 6-2. A fine walking pheasant gun or a fun vintage clays gun. Price: $1,895

Wow – what a gun: 16 gauge Barella needlefire, 1865 …

I don’t know much about this maker, and I think the ignition system is based on an updated version of Dreyse’s needlefire patent. But I am 100% certain that it’s a beautiful gun.

Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865

More info on it from the Johann Springer website:

Barella was reported to have had clients such as the King of Italy and Romania as well as the Tsar of Russia.

Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865
Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865

Beautiful example of a needle fire shotgun made by Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Germany. Barella was born in Soest, Germany, in 1819 and at the approximate age of 24, attained the level of Master Gunsmith. In 1844, he founded his firm H. Barella Gewehrfabrik in Magdeburg, Germany. In the mid 1860s he was a gunmaker to the Prussian Royal Court and in 1871, he was the gunmaker to the Royal Court in Berlin. Barella died in 1893.

This shotgun features Damascus barrels. The breech end of the rib is gold inlaid “H. BARELLA KÖNIGL. PREUSSISCHER & KAISERL. RUSSISCHER HOFBÜCHSENM: BERLIN” flanked by relief oak leaf engraving.

Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865
Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865

The breech end of the barrels are relief engraved with a broad scroll and oak leaf design. There are two gold wire inlaid bands on the muzzles and one on the breech end as well as a decorative design on each end. The bottom of each barrel under the forearm are marked with the serial number 1539. The receiver and under break lever are relief engraved with a floral scroll design and the rear portion of the forearm, has a scene of a hunting dog flushing a game bird on the left side and two deer on the right side. There are wide gold inlaid bands on the front and rear of the receiver and on the rear of the forearm. Double triggers with the forward trigger being a set trigger and a decorative horn grip extension. The forward wood portion of the forearm is carved with a floral vine design, as are the sides of the stock wrist and right side of the stock. The bottom of the forearm has a round silver initial plate which is engraved with a crown and inscribed “AK”. With the Baron crown, one can only suspect this shotgun was made for someone of royalty. The left side of the stock features a cheekpiece and a beautifully carved wooden scene of two deer. The iron buttplate is engraved with a floral vine design, there is a compartment for two shells, and the door is engraved with a buck in a field scene. The barrels have 2 1/2 inch chambers.

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