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Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28" Mint in case:
Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28″ Mint in case:

Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28″ Mint in case: Fixed IC and IM chokes. Gun is used, but looks mint in leather case! SN is H04xx. Factory checkered butt, LOP is 14″. 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH, 1/4″ Cast off. Chokes are .012 & .032. Barrels are 1.330 Kg. Made in 1974. Gun is straight on 7 pounds. Factory finish on both metal and wood, full side lock model. Price: $13,999

Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers
Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers

Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers: Ser no 63xx, 28″, M/Cyl, It is stamped M/F so the one barrel has been opened, Sides of receiver and barrel have real nice blue, The bottom plate and trigger guard have flaked to silver, Winchester Butt Plate, Great bores, 14″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″. Price: $4995

MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN - 32" BARRELS - FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS
MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN – 32″ BARRELS – FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS

MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN – 32″ BARRELS – FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS: Pre-War Miller & Val Greiss Pigeon Gun with True 32″ Krupp Three Ring Ejector Barrels. Back action sidelock with sideclips and a Purdey Style Third Fastener. Mirror bores measuring .726 with Full and Full Chokes (40/1000). Chambers as original at 2 1/2″. No loose ribs. Gun is tight on face. Manual safety. Prince of Wales Diamond Grip. LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $4,250 

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape:
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 26″, 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $4850 

Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28" bbls
Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28″ bbls

Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28″ bbls: Triggers: Dual triggers, front is the right barrel, rear is the left barrel. Stock: Checkered straight grip (English style) walnut stock. Stock Dimensions: 14 5/8 inch length of pull front trigger, 13 5/8 inch length of pull rear trigger. Fore End: Checkered fore-end matches the stock. Butt Pad: Red rubber recoil pad.  Weight: 7 pounds. Sights: Single bead at the muzzle. Chokes: Fixed choke, both barrels are Full choked. Price: $1,999.99 

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Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28
Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28

Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28″: Pre-owned in excellent condition Flli Piotti King grade SXS 20 gauge. Case coloring 98%, very minor handling marks on the stock. Fine rose and scroll engraving. 28″ fixed choke barrels (.005/.010), concaved rib. Double triggers with signal pins. Exhibition grade stock with straight grip and splinter fore end. Stock dimensions are: 1 1/2″ x 1 7/8″. LOP 15 1/4′. Over all weight 6 lbs 7 oz. Price: $22,995

Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo "best" sidelock 12 gauge SxS
Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo “best” sidelock 12 gauge SxS

Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo “best” sidelock 12 gauge SxS: Circa 1951 this Montecarlo was the absolute “best” gun available from Franchi for many years and since Franchi’s acquisition by Beretta it is still one of the “best” guns available from Beretta’s Premium gun line with a list price of over $100,000! This is a  perfectly configured game gun:  28 3/8” long chopper lump barrels, 2 ¾” chambers, both sides being .723” bore diameter with choke constrictions of .023” & .035” which translates to tight modified and full.  On top of the barrels is a hand-filed solid rib that tapers from 10mm (4/10”) to 6mm (1/4”) with a brass front bead. The coin finished frame is masterfully engraved in a 100% coverage fine floral, scroll and ribbon motif. The engraving continues on the fences, top tang and trigger guard.  Excellent work.  Double triggers with the front trigger being articulated.  Non-automatic safety. The stock and matching splinter forearm are cut from nicely grained French Walnut.  The straight grip stock has a 14 5/8” LOP over a Pachmayr presentation pad; 1 ½” DAC & 1 7/8” DAH with a slight cast for a right-hand shooter.  Fitted to the bottom of the forearm is the gold Imperiale Montecarlo insignia. Price: $19,875

PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30" PIGEON BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED
PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30″ PIGEON BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED

PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30″ PIGEON, BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED: 18.4 BORE, FIXED CHOKES, 1,630 KG, ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, UPGRADED SC2/3 WOOD, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/8″ X 14 3/4″, MODIFIED BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, 8LBS, BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED, CASED. Price: $14,900

PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE
PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE

PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE: #241XXX, O FRAME, 26″ SKEET IN SKEET OUT, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, CONSTRICTION 005 AND 007, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 5 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 13 3/4″ LOP FROM REAR TRIGGER POSITION. Price: $13,500

Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS
Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS

Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS: 2 3/4″ 28″ choked IC/Mod. 14 1/2″ highly figured wood to checkered butt – also has checkered side panels. Blacking at 99% and overall the gun is very clean and tidy. 7lbs. Price: $7,500

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JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE: #24XXX, 30″ SELF OPENING 041 AND 041 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 6 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $47,500

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)
Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish): 26″ Bbls. 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 Stock #: 7845. Price: $24,900

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod
Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod: Beautifully figured pistol grip stock with skeleton butt, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, gold oval, 99% case color, 99% wood and finish, 99% bluing, perfect condition throughout, includes maker’s case, canvas cover, manual, warranty card and hang tag. 5lbs. 4oz. 14 3/8” X 1 1/2” X 2 3/8″. Price: $5,250.00 

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun
H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun: Barrels are 26 ¾ inches, excellent bright strong bores with a single bead at the muzzle and matted rib. The barrels are bored cylinder. This lovely looking, lightly used, plated box lock ejector gun has metal that is 95% finished. This is straight grip English style stock and a splinter fore-end both nicely checkered. The length to heel is 13 inches. The Length to toe is 13 ¼ inches and the length to pull is 13 inches. The gun weighs 5 lbs. 9 ounces. This gun is perfect for a person of smaller stature. It comes with some original paperwork from H. Mahillion describing the gun in French. Price: $4,495

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA
Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA: 26″ fixed choke barrels (IC/M) with a swamped game rib. Five-pin Holland style side-lock with scroll engraving. Double triggers, Straight-Hand English stock to a checkered butt, splinter forearm. Minor handling marks on stock and forearm, very minor bluing wear on barrels. Does not include a case. Price: $2,995 

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JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCKJAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCK
JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCK

JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCKALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED 28″ BARRELS CHOKED .015″ AND .022″. 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 13 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 9/16″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $55,000

Holland & Holland — Royal Sidelock Double Rifle — .500-450 3 1/4″ Nitro Express: 26″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with fine silver bead ramp front sight and folding ivory twilight bead, smooth swamped rib, sling eye, raised matted quarter rib with one platinum-lined standing express sight. 14 1/2″ pull from checkered, articulated front trigger to Silvers red rubber recoil pad. 1/2″ cast-off. Figured English walnut stocks with lever-release splinter forend, steel trapdoor pistol grip cap, classic point-pattern checkering, teardrops, beaded pancake cheekpiece, classic comb, vacant gold oval and rear sling swivel. Classic Holland & Holland Royal scroll

Holland & Holland --- Royal Sidelock Double Rifle --- .500-450 3 1/4" Nitro Express
Holland & Holland — Royal Sidelock Double Rifle — .500-450 3 1/4″ Nitro Express

engraved receiver with a concealed third fastener, bushed firing pins with retaining setscrews, silent extractors, manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold, triggerguard tang extending to grip cap and top tang extending over comb. Back-action sidelocks with gold-line cocking indicators and intercepting sears. London proofed for 70 grains cordite and 480-grain bullets. Weight: 10lbs, 5 1/2oz.  Built 1906 as No.2 of a pair with all components so numbered in gold. 98% proper barrel re-blue and 40% original casehardening colors. Barrels tight on the face, and with excellent bores. Stock heads up tight to action. In maker’s leather-trimmed canvas covered trunk case with snap caps, oil bottle, cleaning accessories and trade label. Price: $54,975.

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!
L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!: General Specs: L.C. Smith, year 1926, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 11oz, Side by Side
Serial Number: FWE89799. The Crown Grade Elsie; one of the finest, most elegant American doubles ever produced…a “MADE TO ORDER” shotgun, with only 800 made in all gauges, and only 145 made in 20 gauge.  If you consider loss and damage, there are likely less than 125 Crown Grade 20’s left on the planet.  What a RARE, ONE-OF-A-KIND CROWN GRADE we have here in this 1926 vintage Elsie, snFWE89799.  What is rare…really?  How about 1 of 29 20ga. Crown Grades with 30” barrels?  How about 1 of 32 with vent rib barrels?  How about 1 of 3 with every factory option, ie. Beavertail forend, ejectors, Hunter One trigger, factory pad (we replaced the hard, mushroomed pad with the same, original Hawkins pad it came with), vent rib?  How about 99% factory case color, 98% blue, exceptional wood with the original factory finish and checkering? The Crown Grade engraving is some of the most handsome found on any American double gun. I have seen many Crown Grade Elsie’s and all have a version of the same engraving. THIS GUN HAS UNIQUE, SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVING with waterfowl flying over a marsh in the ovals. It is definitively factory original and shown in Col. Brophy’s book “LC Smith Shotguns” on page 96. HOW ABOUT 1 OF 1, THE ONLY L.C. CROWN GRADE 20GA. OF ITS KIND. I think we can all agree this is the epitome of a truly rare, high condition, highly desirable vintage American double. This gun is in excellent condition, with mirror bores, excellent checkering and wood finish, tight as new on breech face and hinge pin with lever right of center, and perfect screws. This gun has desirable 30″ barrels, M/F chokes, double beads, and great shooting dimensions. Nicely balanced, weighing a mere 6lbs. 11oz on a featherweight frame with a reinforced forend lug, it would be a great clays or upland gun. A true collectible, investment quality firearm that will continue to rise in value as you enjoy its use. All parts are original to the gun. People often ask me “What is the best investment in a firearm?” I always tell them the same thing…low production guns in smaller gauges, in high grades, with tons of original factory original condition…and with features sought after by the modern day shooter/collector. Today’s shooter/collectors want long barrels. So this is one of those guns that have it all; rarity, condition, and desirability, including outstanding wood figure and overall aesthetics. WHAT A GREAT FIND! DON’T LET THIS ONE GET AWAY! Price: $24,950 

Piotti King 20 GA – Sidelock Ejector – Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27” – 14 3/8”

Piotti King 20 GA - Sidelock Ejector - Rich Color Case - Rolled Trigger Guard - Turkish Walnut - IC/Mod - 27”
Piotti King 20 GA – Sidelock Ejector – Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27”

X 1 9/16” X 2 3/8” – 6 lbs 6 oz: Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27” – 14 3/8” X 1 9/16” X 2 3/8” – 6 lbs 6 ozs – Nizzoli Leather Case (Accessories) – Ser. #8601 – Checkered Butt – Fleur de Lis Engraving by Granetti – A True Italian MASTERPIECE in Straight Grip Field Configuration – This gun has been all over Texas and out west on quail and grouse hunts – it is a craftsman’s wonder in the hands.  Treat yourself to the best! Price: $19,900 

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS — 32″ full/full, no safety with options: Beavertail forend — single trigger — ejectors — Straight stock — Pad — 1 1/2 Frame — solid rib — twin beads — Pigeon dimensions with 1 7/8 drop at heel — Beautiful wood — 40/50% fading case color — 95% blue — Gun has spent its entire career in Pennsylvania — Very nice gun! 14 1/2″  x  1 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ Price: $5500

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS --- 32" full/full, no safety with options:
Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS — 32″ full/full, no safety with options:

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J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK, SXS SHOTGUn, 30", 1913
J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK, SXS SHOTGUn, 30″, 1913

J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK, 30″,  SxS SHOTGUN, CHOKED FULL/FULL, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, MFG. 1913, W. LUGGAGE CASEThis gun is in excellent condition. Checkering sharp and crisp. Lockup is tight with the top lever slightly right of center. Self opener with ejectors. Original 2 3/4″ chambers & original nitro proofs for 1 1/4oz loads. 7lbs, 6.6oz Price: $19,995

 

Winchester Model 21 12 Gauge side by side - TRAP SKEET LIGHTWEIGHT, ORIGINAL CONDITION
Winchester Model 21 12 Gauge side by side – TRAP SKEET LIGHTWEIGHT, ORIGINAL CONDITION

Winchester Model 21 12 Gauge Side by Side shotgun – TRAP SKEET LIGHTWEIGHT, FACTORY LETTER, ORIGINAL CONDITIONThis Model 21, SN3047 built in 1935, is a fine example of a factory original, unaltered in any way, Model 21 that is fully documented by the Cody Firearms Museum info that comes with this gun.  THIS GUN IS UNTOUCHED, AS SHIPPED, WITH ALL FACTORY FINISHES….. A RARE FIND. 26″ bbls, chokes: WS1/.008  WS1/WS2, single selective trigger, crisp, LOP: 14″, DAH: 2″, DAC: 1 1/2″, Checkered butt. Price: $5,250

Renato Gamba 580 Sidelock, SxS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Renato Gamba 580 Sidelock, SxS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Renato Gamba 580 Sidelock, SxS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge: $2,799.99
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Very Good. Some marks and edge wear.
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28 Inch
Triggers: Double
Stock: Walnut
Stock Dimensions:
13 7/8 Inch LOP, 1 5/8 Inch DOC, 2 3/8 Inch DOH, 3/8 Inch Cast Off
Butt Pad: Checker Wood
Weight: 7 Ibs 1 Oz
Sights: Bead
Chokes: Imp Cyl/ Mod

BERETTA S56E 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN WITH EJECTORS
BERETTA S56E 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN WITH EJECTORS

BERETTA S56E 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN WITH EJECTORS: 28″ BARRELS WITH 3″ CHAMBERS, CHOKED UNDER IC/LIGHT MOD 9.014) OVER FULL (.028), PRINCE OF WALES GRIP, 98% BLUE/GREY FINISH, WOOD SHOWS FIELD USE, TIGHT ACTION, MINT BORES. Price: $1,299.00

 

 

 

Browning B-S/S Side by Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun, 12 GaugeA nice Browning B-S/S with 30″ Barrels. Price: $1199.99

Browning BSS Side by Side 12 Gauge Boxlock Shotgun, 30 inch barrels
Browning BSS Side by Side 12 Gauge Boxlock Shotgun, 30 inch barrels

Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch
Metal Condition: Very Good with Light Handling Marks and Scratches
Wood Condition: Good with Dings and Scatches
Bore Condition: Shiny and Bright
Barrels: 30 Inch
Triggers: Browning Gold Trigger
Stock: Walnut Pistol Grip Stock with Checkering
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4″ LOP
Fore End: Walnut Checkered Forearm
Butt Pad: Browning Brown Butt Pad
Weight: 8.0 lbs
Sights: Solid Rib w/Bead
Chokes: IM/IM

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Fabbri – TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE: Straight grip, single trigger, 28″ BARREL  Price: $65,000

Fabbri - TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE
Fabbri – TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE
FABBRI - PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - HAND MADE IN 1966
FABBRI – PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1966

FABBRI – PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1966Here is a hand made Fabbri Pigeon Gun with 29 5/8″ barrels. Spectacular engraving featuring ribbons, scroll, vines and flowers. Gold Inlay pigeon in the forend. Bores at .732. Briley chokes. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Barrels are Phoenix Steel and marked as such. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 10 1/4 OZ. Leather case as shown. Shipping and insurance is $80. Stock dimensions follow. LOP 14 3/8″ (13″ to end of wood). Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″. Drop at Heel – 1 3/4″. Price: $27,500

HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE
HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE

HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE:
#700 Holloway, G & S: A 28 Bore English Boxlock Ejector Game Gun that was imported by B. (Bob) Jenkinson, New York, N. Y. and so marked, Jenkinson imported a fair number of English guns in the 50’s & 60’s and I believe nearly all were made by Holloway, This 28 Bore was made in 1952, 26″ dovetail lump barrels at .550 .013 & .016″ (Mod. & Imp. Mod.), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Proved in Birmingham at 3/4 ounce, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4″ over a checkered butt, Slight cast-off with a swept comb that points like a dream, 28 bore weight at 5 lbs. 1 oz., 60% coverage of English scroll, Nice wood, The original barrel blue at 99%, The gun retains 98% original bright & vivid case colors, The stock finish is original and at 99%, The checkering at 100%, The blue on the floorplate, trigger guard, trigger guard tang and forend metal is 99%, The bores are as new from breech to muzzle, The gun is smack on the face with plenty of bite, The barrels ring with a nice chime. This is flat out one nice 1952 English boxlock with excellent workmanship on both the metal & wood. The stock inletting is superb and the checkering is as well cut as you will find on any English Best Sidelock. This is like buying it new in 1952. The Jenkinson serial # is 700 and the Holloway # is 22734. /////////////////////////////////// Holloway & Co. has been around since the 19th century. They had premises at 10-12 & 14 Vesey Street in Birmingham. In 1901 Tommy Naughton was the manager at Holloway & Co. and he bought the firm and it became Holloway & Naughton Ltd. but they continued business separately. G & S (George & Sidney) Holloway were for the most part makers to the trade and maintained an excellent reputation before and after WWII. About 1978 production of new Holloway guns was dropped but they continued with repairs. Graham Clive Holloway of G & S Holloway died in February of 1994 and that was the end of an era for G & S Holloway. To this day Holloway & Naughton shotguns are still made and manufactured to the client’s individual requirements and they can be found at hollowaynaughton.co.uk B. (Bob) Jenkinson was a dealer in many Holloway made guns during the 1950’s & 1960’s in New York City. Price: $8,500

Griffin & Howe --- Pre-war Boxlock Ejector --- 20 Gauge, 2 3/4" chambers
Griffin & Howe — Pre-war Boxlock Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ chambers

Griffin & Howe — Pre-war Boxlock Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″28″ SxS barrels of Krupp Fluid Steel with matted rib, choked improved cylinder & modified. 14 1/4″ pull from single selective trigger to original basketweave-molded horn buttplate. 1 1/2″ – 2 3/8″drop. Figured European walnut stock with horn-tipped Deeley-release splinter forend, straight English grip, classic point-pattern checkering and with checkered sidepanels, teardrops and vacant brass initial oval. Fine scroll and game scene engraved, scalloped boxlock action, with deep chiseled fences, cocking indicators, automatic ejectors, Greener crossbolt, side clips, and manual top tang safety with S inlaid in gold. Weight: 5lbs, 10 1/2oz. German built in 1932. In Abercrombie & Fitch leather VC case with snap caps and oil bottle. Price: $7950

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32″ DAMASCUS BARRELS

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32″ DAMASCUS BARRELS: FULL AND FULL TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, BOLD DAMASCUS PATTERN, BRIGHT CLEAN BORES, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH SETTER DOG IN A CIRCLE ON RIGHT LOCK, POINTER DOG IN CIRCLE ON LEFT LOCK, PLUS FINE SCROLLWORK AND BORDERS MALLARD ON TRIGGERGUARD, COCKING INDICATORS, LIGHT CASE COLOR, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM WITH THE CLAMSHELL LATCH, HIGHLY FIGURED IMPORTED WALNUT, FINE CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE, 1 3/4″ X 2 3/4″ X 13 3/4″, 7 3/4 POUNDS, 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.  PRICE: $3,950

Wow – what a Purdey hammergun. But $99,500?

Alfonso XIII of Spain, pigeon shooter & owner of many Purdeys
Alfonso XIII of Spain, pigeon shooter & owner of many Purdeys

Provenance is tricky, especially when it comes to old guns. Some provenances can boost a shotgun’s value many times over, while other barely register at all with buyers.

Fo example: Would you pay $60,000 more for a shotgun made for King Alfonso XIII.

King who?

Yeah – that’s the problem. King Alfonso XIII was Spain’s monarch from 1886-1931. While he was a big deal in his day, I don’t know anyone who cares about him now. So it’s hard to say if a gun connected to him is worth a $60,000 premium.

That’s just what’s going on with the James Purdey & Sons 12g hammergun you see here. This side-by-side came up for sale in Christie’s, December 2014 sale:

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

A VERY RARE BARRÉ ENGRAVED 12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN. J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 19395.

The hammer price plus premium: $35,370. It looks to me like whoever has the gun now connected it to King Alfonso before or after he bought it. It certainly is a spectacular shotgun, and it appears to be in excellent condition. Regardless, though, the big question is: Is its connection to a King worth sixty large?

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN32″ 029 AND 032 1 1/4 OZ PROOF DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 9 0Z X 2″ X 1 1/2″. Price: $99,500

More info from the seller:
“Purdey Hammer gun sn. 19395 came from a collection of Spanish Royal Firearms, from the household of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The makers have confirmed that this hammergun was completed in April 1909 for the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII. The records are specific that Barre was the engraver. The gun is covered in finely chiseled low relief with foliate scrollwork illustrating monsters and masks upon a blackened background. Included is a gold inlaid escutcheon with the Spanish Royal Coat of Arms.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

It is believed that the King used this gun in winning the Tiro-Pichon De Madrid in May 1921. Our provenance includes a picture of the King aside the trophy given for his win and holding what appears to be this gun. Purdey awarded the winner of the Tiro-Pichon De Madrid a prize gun that was to duplicate this piece, however Barre did not engrave the later gun as he was dead by 1921.”

BTW: A similar Purdey was also in Christie’s 12/2014 sale: #22210. You can read more about it in this post: The king of Spain’s Purdey pigeon shotgun brings $55,000…

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

Here are couple other Purdeys attributed to Barre:

SPECTACULAR HIGH RELIEF 12 GAUGE BARRE ENGRAVED J. PURDEY & SONS DELUXE SIDE LOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 18218. Price realized: $50,600

James Purdey & Sons Side by Side Shotgun (Gift from King Edward VII to the Shah) Barre Engraved – 12 ga.

Hard to find: A pre-1913 12 gauge L.C. Smith Pigeon grade SxS…

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

A hundred years ago, live pigeon shooting was a huge pastime in the U.S. People participated in shoots throughout the country, and the top shots traveled the country–and the world–competing and winning huge amounts of prize money.

Gunmakers responded to this popularity by building shotguns for this sport. Here’s the one that L.C. Smith offered from 1893-1913. It’s a Pigeon grade, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. I have to say, I really like it — especially the damascus bbls and the blush of color-case hardening on the action. I love how L.C. Smith finished the fences, too, as well as the overall shape of the stock. Very nice.

According to the L.C. Smith collector’s website:

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

“Only 1,397 Pigeon Guns were produced from 1893 through 1913 including four 10 gauge, 1,350 12 gauge, 23 16 gauge, and 20 20 gauge guns. Automatic ejectors were fitted to 883 guns. The catalog (1900) stated: “Our Pigeon Gun is an innovation. Appreciating that there is a demand for a very quick shooting gun, we deliver this grade. The straight grip admits the most rapid work possible and supplies a want long felt by many sportsmen. They are specially adapted to stand the tremendous strain of many heavy loads of nitro powder.” The stock was said to be: “A choice piece of French walnut, beautifully figured. The richness of the color in these finer stocks is superb. They are all finished in oil equal to the best pianos and consequently please the most exacting . . .” Stocks were not straight. could be ordered with a pistol grip and a Monte Carlo. Pigeon Nitro Steel barrels were available in 12 and 16 gauges, and Chainette Damascus barrels were available in 10, 12, and 16 gauges. Twenty gauge guns were available starting in 1907. The 20 gauge guns were only made with Pigeon Nitro Steel barrels. The catalog said: “The engraving is

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

handsome and very appropriate for a gun of this character. On one lock plate is engraved with a pigeon in full flight, on the other is a blue rock, and on the extension rib a pigeon in his native home. You will always find an artistic and appropriate finish on Smith Guns . . .” A precious metal bar was inlaid across the rib near the engraved pigeon. Engraved forward of the bar is HUNTER ARMS CO., MAKERS FULTON N.Y. Lightweight guns were available in 12, 16, and 20 gauges, and the Hunter One-Trigger was an option for about $25. The price increased from $125 at the start of production to $150 in 1898, but it dropped to $110 by 1912.”

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade ShotgunA marvelous example of the Damascus art. This was a real shooter’s gun, well maintained and ready to make friends with some dogs again. Price: $2,899.99

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 Inches
Metal Condition: Good. Very pretty damascus pattern. Fine grouse and partridge engravings are all very sharp.
Wood Condition: Good. A few shallow scratches and dents. Fineline checkering is quite flat and worn indicative of a a tool gun carried in the hunting field.

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

Bore Condition: Bright and serviceable
Barrels: 30 Inches
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Prince of Wales pistol grip walnut

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

Stock Dimensions:
14-3/8 Inch LOP to front trigger
Fore End: Matching walnut splinter
Butt Pad: Black plate.
Weight: 8 Lb – 6 Oz.
Sights: Solid rib with gold bead
Chokes: Measures Full and Full

Fabulous gun alert: A 12g SxS by Ogden Smiths & Hussey…

Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun
Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun

In a the world of fine shotguns, “Best-gun” seems like a phrase with a pretty obvious definition: The very best shotgun a manufacturer can make. But because these were hand made by different people at different time periods, each one is a bit different. That means some bests are best-er than others.

Ogden Smiths used to be a fishing tackle company in London. In 1923, Walter Sydney Ogden Smith of the Ogden Smith family joined with the gunmaker Henry H. Hussey (son of gunmaker H.J. Hussey’s) to sell guns under the name Ogden Smiths & Hussey, Limited. This partnership lasted until 1933 and produced shotguns and rifles of different styles and qualities, including single-barrel trap guns like this and the best-quality, SxS, Imperial you see here.

Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun
Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun

The Hussey family Imperial grade sidelock shotguns since old man H.J. started his own operations after being fired from Lang & Hussey in 1898 (in fact, Lang & Hussey’s finest gun was also called the Imperial). Today, these Imperials pop up on the market on a regular basis. They’re nice guns, but none of the I’ve seen have been anywhere near as nice as this one. In fact, it’s this is the best Hussey Imperial I’ve ever seen.

Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun
Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun

On this one, the engraving on the fences and action, as well as the overall finish on all the metalwork, is a step above any of the others I’ve come across. With it’s high stock, long chambers, tight chokes, heavy proof, and wide, file-cut rib, it sure looks like it was made for live-pigeon shooting. Sure, the buttstock is a bit plain. But it is original and I bet the maker used the blank because of the strength of its straight grain. I’d be looking at the rest of the gun and never notice it.

Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun
Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun

Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun: A fabulous quality and condition pre-war 12 bore double trigger gun retaining nearly all of its original color 90% plus, and a London black. Gold line cocking indicators, exquisite very fine rose and scroll engraving with carved fences. The 30 inch Whitworth steel barrels with a pigeon rib, have the original 3 inch chambers with 1 3/8 ounce proof, choked full and full. The stock measures 14 1/2 to a checkered horn plate with a drop of 1 1/2 by 2 1/8. The gun weight is 7lbs. 7 oz. Articulated front trigger and the guard has 80% of it’s charcoal blue. Locking screws on the first guard and ejector stop screw. Blank gold oval. This gun is as good as it gets from a best maker. Price: $18,500

Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun
Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun
Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun
Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector SxS Shotgun

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Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30" Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026
Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30″ Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026

Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30″ Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026: This Piotti King is a beautiful gun with gold inlay oval in stock, Gold inlay crest in forearm and fitted with thin wall Briley choke tubes. This gun is in great condition with minor wear. The action is engraved with rose and scroll engraving. Gauge: 12 Gauge Barrel Length: 30″ (76cm) Chamber: 2.75″ Chokes: thin wall Briley choke tubes (9) Length of pull: 14 3/8″, Drop at comb: 1.5″, Drop at heel: 1 3/4″, Cast at toe: 0.125, Weight: 7lbs 6oz. Price: $25,000

Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side ShotgunHolland & Holland 7 pin hand removable sidelock. Purdy style hand engraving. Double triggers with front articulated trigger. Churchill type rib. Holland & Holland assited opener. English walnut straight handed stock and splinter forend with hand rubbed finish. Barrels are 26 5/8″ choked Mod and IM.  LOP is 14″ from the front trigger to center of the leather covered 1″ pad. Demensions are1 1/2″drop at comb, and 2 3/8″, with slight cast on for a right handed shooter.
This fine gun is 98% overall condition, with the case colors (99%) in near perfect condition, the blueing very fine (98%) with only 1 blemish (see photo) from the gun safe on left barrel, wood is in excellent condition with only very slight handling marks (98%). Price: $5700

Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun. Price: $3599.99.
Caliber: 28 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 inches
Metal Condition: Blued
Wood Condition: Great
Bore Condition: Bright
Barrels: 28 inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Wood
Stock Dimensions: LOP 15 inches
Weight: 6 pounds

Chokes: Improved Cylinder, Cylinder

Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mint
Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mint

Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mintComes with two recoil pads 14-3/8″ 14-7/8″ LOP. Gun is in mint condition . 29″ barrels imp cyl / modified comes with factory hard case,snap caps . Less than five boxes fired through it.  Price: $3495

Beretta BL4 OU  – 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA: 20GA has 28″ barrel and 28GA has 26″ barrel. M&F IC&M, SST ejector. Straight grip. Weight 6lb 1oz. Leather case, gun is 90% + condition. Both barrels have the same serial number.  Price: $2,850

Beretta BL4 OU - 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA
Beretta BL4 OU – 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA
LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxS
LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxS

LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxSPrice: $1,999.99
Manufacturer: S/N 1211
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch
Metal Condition: Shows some age and use.
Wood Condition: Shows age. Piece of wood missing on forearm bottom at receiver. Many handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny
Barrels: 30 inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered walnut round knob.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 inches
Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter.
Butt Pad: Serrated wood. Piece of wood missing on the bottom.
Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz.
Sights: Brass front bead.
Chokes: Fixed Full

Absolutely awesome. Check out this Abesser & Merkel OU shotgun…

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

I love big, German over unders, and I wanted this one the moment I saw it. It’s a beast, made by Abesser & Merkel with 32″ barrels (choked full X even fuller), 2 3/4″ chambers, and 8lbs 10ozs of recoil-sucking-up weight.

It locks up with Purdey-style underbolts under the bbls and double Kerstens at the top of the action. Even though the seller is calling it a sidelock, I’m 99.9% sure it’s built on a Blitz Action with sideplates – a very common set up for top-quality German O/Us from this period.

In the 1920s, Suhl, Germany, was full of gunmakers. A number of them turned out very fine shotguns, including Abesser & Merkel. Paul Abesser & Ernst Merkel established Abesser & Merkel in 1925, and even though Ernst shared a last name with Gebrüder Merkel, he was not a direct descendent, or ever a ever part of, that famous gunmaking family.

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

Go here to see more pics of this Abessor & Merkel Pre-War Excelsior Live Bird Pigeon gun

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE: Pre War Abesser & Merkel 12 gauge, ejector full side lock over under live bird double barrel shotgun. Serial number 22200. Made in Germany in the 1920’s, this high grade and extensively engraved shotgun remains in EXCELLENT original condition. Features include NO SAFETY, Factory single selective trigger, 32 inch barrels choked full and extra full with a double beaded ventilated rib. The full coverage engraving is finely detailed with much of the original case coloring remaining. The original barrel and trigger guard blue are also excellent as are the bores. The wood is highly figured with fine original sharp checkering. There are ebony drop points, a scalloped horn grip cap and original recoil pad with horn spacer. Excellent screws all around with only the screws in upper forend showing signs of removal at one time. The shotgun is tight and mechanically in great shape. Length of pull is 14 1/4 inches from the rear position single trigger over the original pad. Drop at comb is 1 1/2 inches and drop at heel is 1 3/4 inches. Chambers are 2 3/4. and weight is 8 pounds 10 ounces. This is a true piece of gunmaker’s art and has many factory features that are not normally seen on a Pre-war German over unders. Price: $9,500

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

Going off today: That Charles Daly Diamond and the Lefever EE..

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS

Just a reminder, these two nice doubles are coming up today at Poulin’s Auctions in Fairfield, ME. You can still bid on them online, and there may also be time to arrange phone bids. Of course, you can also go to the auction and bid on these doubles in person.

Both side-by-side guns are in excellent original condition. The Daly is beautifully engraved and has some fantastic color on it, and with its straight grip and high dimensions, the Lefever is an American classic that would be perfect for sporting clays or late-season pheasants.

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS

Lot: 2226A CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY NO. 275 SXS: SHOTGUN. Cal. 12 Ga. S# 2006. Bbl. 30″ Excelsior Witten fluid steel. Lindner mfg. gun with top rib marked “CHARLES DALY DIAMOND QUALITY”. Scalloped boxlock action with side clips, cross bolt lock, cocking indicators having case colored finish. Breech end of bbls. & action have full coverage fine Arabesque scroll hand engraving. Floorplate has vignette featuring a setter at point. Trigger guard vignette features 3 partridge. Double triggers. Ejectors. Splinter forearm & round knob stock of fancy thin shell walnut with fine hand checkering. Horn forearm cap & round knob grip insert. Toe line has German silver nameplate with initial “HGS”. LOP: 14 1/8″ over leather faced age hardened London style pad. DAC: 1 1/2″. DAC: 2 3/4″. Weight: 7lb. 11.6 oz. Bore diameter: right-.722 left: .722. Choke restriction: right-.045″ left-.045. Chambers 2 3/4″. CONDITION: 85% bbl. blue with scattered scratches with spots of freckling. Action retains 75% case colors. Stocks have good finish with light checkering wear & scattered light marks. Very good bright bores. ESTIMATE $4000-6000.

Lot: 2567 LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 5/8″. S# 45457. Bbl. 30″ Krupp fluid steel. Brass front bead. Compensated sidelock action with cocking indicators. Engraving features vignette of pointing dogs with highlights of arabesque. Double triggers. Ejectors. Splinter forend & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine thin shell walnut. Toe line has name shield. LOP: 14 1/2″ over added London style pad. DAC: 1 1/2″. DAH: 2 3/16″. Stock cast off. 7 lb 14.7 oz. Choke restrictions: right-.014, left-.050.

LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN

CONDITION: bbls. retain 50% fading blue with spots of corrosion. Action has case colors in protected areas with balance fading to patina. Stocks have lightly worn finish with numerous scratches & handling marks. Bright bores. Right bbl. has evidence of raised dent 10 1/2″ from muzzle. Left bbl. has raised dent 12 1/2″ from muzzle. Estimate: $2500-3500.

Auction Alert: Nice looking12g Lefever EE grade SxS shotgun…

LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SHOTGUN

Here’s another nice double coming up this Friday at Poulin’s Auctions. This one is a hard to find 12 gauge, EE-grade Lefever with a straight grip. It looks like it’s in excellent original condition – especially for a 100+ year old SxS.

I’ve always thought Lefevers were the best-looking American doubles. With their sideplates, and slim proportions, they certainly are the most English looking. They tend to have the most “English” dimensions, too, and with it’s high, straight stock and long LOP, this one is a perfect example of what I mean. In its day, I bet this shotgun saw a lot of use on as a Pigeon gun. Today, it would be perfect on the clays course or for pheasants. And wherever you used it, it sure make a classy companion.

LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SHOTGUN

Lot: 2567 LEFEVER ARMS CO. EE GRADE SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 5/8″. S# 45457. Bbl. 30″ Krupp fluid steel. Brass front bead. Compensated sidelock action with cocking indicators. Engraving features vignette of pointing dogs with highlights of arabesque. Double triggers. Ejectors. Splinter forend & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine thin shell walnut. Toe line has name shield. LOP: 14 1/2″ over added London style pad. DAC: 1 1/2″. DAH: 2 3/16″. Stock cast off. 7 lb 14.7 oz. Choke restrictions: right-.014, left-.050. CONDITION: bbls. retain 50% fading blue with spots of corrosion. Action has case colors in protected areas with balance fading to patina. Stocks have lightly worn finish with numerous scratches & handling marks. Bright bores. Right bbl. has evidence of raised dent 10 1/2″ from muzzle. Left bbl. has raised dent 12 1/2″ from muzzle. Estimate: $2500-3500.

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SIMSON PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - HIGHLY ENGRAVED - 29 1/2" BARRELS
SIMSON PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HIGHLY ENGRAVED – 29 1/2″ BARRELS

SIMSON PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HIGHLY ENGRAVED – 29 1/2″ BARRELS: Here is a Simson pigeon gun made in 1951. Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Oak leaf fences. Nicely stocked in an English style with tear drops at the lock plates. Double underbite with one lump protruding through the action. Concealed Greener style third fastener. Articulated front trigger. Long trigger guard tang. Anson style push rod forend fastening system. Ejectors. Manual safety. Slightly raised and tapered rib with metal front bead and white center bead. Bottom rib with threaded swivel holes. Two stock ovals – one with KHL and the other with a pigeon in flight. Outstanding condition showing light use. Nicely figured European walnut. Double boarder checkering pattern. Weight of gun is 8 LBS 4 5/8 OZ. Barrels are 29 1/2″ with bores of .729 right and .726 left and feature very typical pigeon chokes of 27/1000 (Imp Mod) and 45/1000 (Full). Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″ Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $9,500

Merkel 201E 20 Bore Over/Under Shotgun
Merkel 201E 20 Bore Over/Under Shotgun

Merkel 201E 20 Bore Over/Under Shotgun:  Gun is in near new condition, may not have ever been in the field.
Exceptionally well executed engraving for this grade of gun.  Barrels carry a proof date: 10 88.
Hinged front trigger.  Ejectors. 26″ bbls  with 2 3/4″ Chambers, IC & Mod. Hand checkered European walnut stock. Checkered Hard Rubber butt plate  with Suhl Logo. L.O.P.14 1/4, Stock Dimensions1 3/8 x  2 3/8 x 14 1/4 x 1/4 cast off
Weight5 lbs. 15.4 oz. Price: $6950

Browning Superposed (2-Barrel Set in Browning case) 20 gauge: 26″ barrels, choked Imp Cy and Imp Cy; 28″ barrels, choked Mod and Full; this is a long-tang round-knob gun in very good condition. Price: $3,900

Browning Superposed (2-Barrel Set in Browning case) 20 gauge
Browning Superposed (2-Barrel Set in Browning case) 20 gauge
Heinrich Krieghoff 32 12 Gauge shotgun
Heinrich Krieghoff 32 12 Gauge shotgun

Heinrich Krieghoff 32 12 Gauge shotgun: German made over/under skeet gun with 28” barrels with Briley thin wall chokes. Has an adjustable comb stock with 14½” LOP. Excellent overall condition, seems hardly fired at all. Proof date is 1965. A classic German made over/under, ready for the field or range with extra choke tubes and wrench. Price: $2,950

Orvis Beretta Uplander O/U 12 ga. 28: This is a 12 ga. Beretta 686 Over/Under, custom built by Orvis in Vermont, and called the Orvis Uplander. The gun is stocked in Claro walnut w/ a 14 1/8″ LOP over a leather pad and 2 1/2″ Drop at heel and 1 5/8″ drop at comb. Stock design is slimmer and much more lively than a factory Beretta w/ excellent 32 LPI checkering. 28″ VR barrel w/ Beretta screw chokes and 3″ chamber. Gun has some minor handling marks on wood, metal is super and gun is tight. Exceptional wood and checkering, dull matte finish metal. Marked Orvis Special. Unusual in that it is a straight stock O/U,. It also has an adjustable trigger position – a feature that I have never seen on ordinary 680 series Beretta shotguns. Price: $2,250

Orvis Beretta Uplander O/U 12 ga. 28
Orvis Beretta Uplander O/U 12 ga. 28″

BERETTA – 686 Onyx – Ultra Light – Hard to Find 28 Inch Bbls: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ Mobilchoke, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Slight Cast Off for Right Hand, Weight 6 lbs.! Price: $1,475

BERETTA - 686 Onyx - Ultra Light - Hard to Find 28 Inch Bbls
BERETTA – 686 Onyx – Ultra Light – Hard to Find 28 Inch Bbls

Really rare Parker: A 12 gauge BHE Trap with special features…

Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip

Parker shotguns can be rare for a number of reasons.  There’s original condition – like this nearly new Lifter Hammer Gun – and there’s grade – like the 3 Invincible the company made.  Then there’s configuration, like the BHE Trap you see here.

Twelve gauge, BH-grade Parkers aren’t hard to find. Even though they were an expensive, custom ordered double, the company made 1,034 of them as hammerless side-by-sides.

Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip

But when you start adding in features like 32″ barrels, a single, selective trigger (introduced in 1921) and a vent rib, you’re talking about a very scarce Parker double barrel shotgun. Parker started delivering SxS shotguns with vent ribs around 1923, and they didn’t become popular options until 1926. In all, the company probably added this feature to fewer than 750 doubles.

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE: #207XXX #1 FRAME 32″ VENT RIB FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS. 8LBS 7 OZ X. 2 1/4: X 1 7/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $18,500

Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip

Found! E.C. Griffith’s 12 gauge Parker Bros. Pigeon gun…

E.C. Griffith's PARKER DH 12GA 30" Double Barrel Shotgun
E.C. Griffith’s PARKER DH 12GA 30″ Double Barrel Shotgun

Shooting live pigeons used to be a big sport in the United States. After the Civil War and up until around 1900, top competitors like Captain A.H. Bogardus and J.A.R. Elliott traveled around the country, shot in front of huge crowds, and won thousands of dollars.

E.C. Griffith was another one of these top shots, and in 1901 he won the the country’s most prestigious live pigeon shoot:

“The ninth Grand American at live birds was again held at Interstate Park on April 3, 1901…Shooting from 28 yards, E.C. Griffith killed 25 straight from 28 yards, then had to endure an 18 bird miss-and-out shoot off over 21 others to claim the crown.”

-From the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association

E.C. Griffith's PARKER DH 12GA 30" Double Barrel Shotgun
E.C. Griffith’s PARKER DH 12GA 30″ Double Barrel Shotgun

Amazingly, the Parker shotgun he used to win this event just popped up on the market. Here’s more info about this historic side-by-side from the seller:

PARKER DH 12GA 30″ Double Barrel Shotgun IMOD & IMOD: DT, EXTRACTORS, STRAIGHT GRIP, THIS IS THE GUN THAT E.C. GRIFFITH WON THE 1901 GRAND AMERICAN HANDICAP LIVE BIRD SHOOT.WE HAVE AN EMAIL FROM THE TRAP SHOOTERS HALL OF FAME STATNG THE INFROMATION ON THE PLAQUE ON THe STOCK IS CORRECT AND THAT HE ALSO WON THE CLAY BIRD SHOOT AS WELL AS HIS RHODE ISLAND STATE SHOOT THAT YEAR. THE PARKER LETTER DOES STATE THE GUN WAS ORDERED FOR MR GRIFFITH IN 1898. THE BARRELS ARE 90% BLUE, RECEIVER IS SILVER BROWN, WOOD IS VG WITH DETERIORATING VINTAGE PAD, ANTIQUE. Price: $9,850.00

E.C. Griffith's PARKER DH 12GA 30" Double Barrel Shotgun
E.C. Griffith’s PARKER DH 12GA 30″ Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction alert: great high grade Parker doubles in AAHE, CHE, DHE plus GHE, VHE

Little John’s Auction Service annual May antique and sporting guns auction starts tomorrow. There’s a lot of nice doubles there, including these Parker side by sides.  Here a few that really caught my eye:

Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels
Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels

Lot 560: Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels: Serial number 205648. About 240 made. Excellent as restored condition by DelGrego. Barrels show Peerless steel marking. The interior of the barrels are very good plus with 99% plus of the proper color refinish. The action has been lightly polished. The trigger guard has been refinished. The stock remains in excellent as restored. LOP 14 ½”, 1 7/8” drop at the heel, ½” drop at the comb. Wall thickness .29 right and .25 left. . Est.: $35,000- $70,000.

Lot 600: Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30″ barrels: Serial #118334. English style straight stock, double triggers, auto ejectors, Titanic steel marked barrels, in very good+ to near fine original condition, . The barrels show 75-85% original blue; action retains 40-60% case hardening; the trigger guard has drifted to traces of blue; the stock shows a good grain and fancy checkering, with the forend almost fully checkered. LOP 14-1/2″. The gun locks tight, the bores are bright, and this is a very nice looking collector’s grade Parker. Est.: $6,000-$12,000

Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30" barrels
Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30″ barrels
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame

Lot 197: Parker VHE grade 20 gauge, SxS shotgun: Fine original condition. Serial #210670. The barrel’s measure 26”. 14 ¼” LOP The barrel’s retain 95% plus bright original blue, action shows 50% to 70% bright original case hardening. Trigger guard shows 50% to 70% thinning original blue.  The gun is completely authentic and not abused. A collectors quality Parker out of a local estate. The barrels are both choked improved modified showing 2 ½” drop at the heel and 1 ½” drop at comb. Full 2 ¾” chambers and the ejectors work well. Est.: $1,400-$2,800.

Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington
Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington

Lot 176: Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington: Serial #241791. In fine to near excellent condition. 26” barrels with ventilated rib, single trigger, auto ejectors, beavertail forend, pistol grip stock, skeleton butt plate. The gun shows 95% to 98% original blue and case hardening with just some slight handling and minor use. The stocks are also fine to near excellent showing a nice burled wood grain. The barrels are both choked cylinder or skeet. 14” LOP. Est.: $7,000 -$14,000.

Lot 1463: 28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame: Serial #184814. Barrels originally 30”, now 26”. English style straight stock, skeleton steel butt plate and checkered butt, serial number 184814. Old factory or Del Greco quality refinish of which and 90% to 95% of this blue finish remains showing good sharp edges and sharp markings with just a few small scratches, slight toning and minor losses. The frame is typically Parker engraved with fancy scrolls showing hunting dog on left and right with game bird on bottom. The frame shows 65% to 85% proper and old-style case hardened colors. Select checkered walnut stocks which of also been lightly refreshed and refinished. The action is tight and the bores are near excellent . Est.: $20,000-$40,000

28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame

Original or Redone – 1901 L.C. Smith Pigeon grade…

One of top double barrel shotgun collectors in the US just sent me some pics of his latest find: a pristine 1901 L.C. Smith Pigeon grade with ejectors. Take a look at the pics below to see for yourself what a 100+ year old American side by side shotgun with most of its original condition looks like.

In this first pic, check out the overall condition of the gun. The butt stock looks new, with no dents, dings, or scratches. 1901 LC Smith Pigeon Grade double-barrel shotgunThe pad is a bit deteriorated, but rubber does that after 100+ years. What matters is that it’s original to the gun. The blueing on the bbls also looks great, as does the color case harding on the action. Overall, this is a very bright, crisp gun.

LC Smith made Pigeon Grades from 1895 to 1912. They cost about $150 in 1901. They built 1,214 of them in all and most came with straight-grip stocks. This gun’s Monte Carlo, pistol grip was an option available at the time.

The Pigeon Grade fell between LC Smith’s Grade 3s and Grade 4s in the pre-1913 lineup, making it a medium-grade gun. For a mid-range gun, the wood is exceptional. The manufacturer bragged that they used “…a choice piece of French walnut, beautifully figured. The richness of the color in these finer stocks is superb…”

In these next pics you can see the bright, vivid the color-case harding on the action. 1901 LC Smith Pigeon Grade double-barrel shotgunThose milky greens, yellows, and blues are the signs of vintage Smith case coloring. I think their cloudy, opaque tone comes from time and I don’t think it can be reproduced. Along with the colors, check out how sharp and crisp the wood is around and behind locks. Obviously, this gun wasn’t used much.

The checkering on this gun is also interesting. See how it wraps up and around the stock? This is hard and time consuming to do, so you see it on few American guns. I think it looks very nice and it’s one of the features I like about pre-1913 L.C. Smiths.

1901 LC Smith Pigeon Grade double-barrel shotgun


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