J.P. Sauer and Son is one of the world’s oldest gunmakers. Founded in 1751, they’ve been building all sorts of guns for a long time now. Some of these guns have been beautiful side-by-side shotguns.
The side-by-side shotgun you see here was probably made for the American market between 1910-1930. I love the scalloped action and relieved fences, and the engraving looks fantastic. Overall, it’s very reflective of the kind of high quality that used to come out of Germany.
Outfits like Sloan’s and Von Lengerke & Detmold used to retail doubles like out of their sporting goods stores in New York City. This was probably an an upper-middle grade Sauer double back then — not the very best, but far from the bottom. It looks beautifully made ,and I’m sure it was quite expensive in its day.
Here’s a beautiful little double I know very little about. J. P. Sauer is one of Europe’s oldest gunmakers, and I’m guessing they made this side-by-side for the American market. It sure looks awesome. It’s on Gunbroker.com with a Buy Now price of $16,995 – expensive, but not crazy considering the gun’s quality, condition, and scarcity.
J. P. Sauer Model 45, box lock, 20ga., 26” barrels: Unbelievable, Grade 45, made in September 1928. Krupp barrel, deep sculptured breeches, side clip, hidden greener, 3rd fastener, fire blued cocking indicator, intercepting sears, hinged front trigger, ebony horn tipped forend with ebony insert behind the very delicately carved and checkered side panels. Semi-pistol grip, horn butt plate, engraved bands at muzzle. Receiver is 100% profusely scroll engraved with 5 highly detailed pheasants on left side and 4 ducks in flight on right side. The bottom of the frame has 2 setters and 2 birds flushing and the balance of it is completely covered in scroll, all interwoven. Perfect untouched screws. 98% color case hardening, scalloped and rebated frame. All of its original wood finish with minor handling marks, but not refinished. This is a very small, lightweight, pre-war gun that is virtually never seen, and possibly the best example of its kind. The quality of workmanship and condition of this gun makes it the very best available. 5lb. 10oz. 14 1/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/8”