Lot: 1089, PARKER DHE GRADE SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 28 Ga. S# 207714. Bbls. 28″ w/ 2 3/4″.chambers. Choked imp. cyl. & mod. 1924 Production. Single trigger serial numbered to gun. 00 Frame, ejectors & color cased hardened action. Blued bbls. Capped pistol grip stock. Skeleton buttplate. Splinter forend. LOP: 14 1/8″. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs., 14 oz. CONDITION: action retains 60% original color case hardening w/ colors fading to gray w/ noticeable wear along sharp edges & where carried. Bbls. retain better than 90% original blue w/ slight fading around forend & unusual engraved rib legend. Wood remains proud to metal w/ some scattered compression marks. Wood grain is rather plain w/ some very light fiddleback. Checkering remains crisp w/in skeleton buttplate. Grip cap remains crisp. Bores are bright & shiny & measure .552″ right & .550″ left. Action locks up tight & on face though top rib extension shows slight gap at breech end. (19-154/TB). CURIO. Estimate $20,000-28,000.
This first one focuses on 4 Purdeys coming up at www.PoulinAuctions.com this Saturday, 10/20. There’s a nice, antique 20 gauge shotgun, a 12 gauge game gun, a 12 gauge Pigeon shotgun, and up last, a rare .360 Express underlever double rifle.
Built around 1833, this shotgun may be the oldest Boss firearm in existence. And for a gun that old, it appears to be in excellent shape and pretty original. Pretty amazing.
Back when it was built, percussion shotguns were cutting edge and Manhattan barely existed as a city above 14th Street. This double would have been ordered by a wealthy gentleman with time on his hands.
Thomas Boss, the founder of Boss & Co, would have had his hands all over it, would have had his all over this gun as it was being made, fabricating and fitting some parts and inspecting everything to make sure it was top-notch. Just imagine him clicking the hammers into place and pulling the triggers–the same hammers and triggers your hands would touch if you owned this gun.
An ex-Manton worker, Thomas Boss was one of the gunmakers who made London famous for quality, elegant firearms. You can see how he did it when you look at this elegant and beautifully built double.
Lot 1027: THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118. Bbls. 27″. Color case hardened action & hammers. Blued furniture. Twist Steel bbls. Dbl. triggers. Rib wears inscription “T. BOSS No. 1 GROSVENOR STREET, NEW BOND STREET, LONDON”. Action wears elegant vine & leaf, early Boss style, engraving w/ beautifully engraved dolphin hammers. Top & bottom tangs are also ornately engraved. Ramrod stop indicates this is original bbl. length. Ramrod appears original. Bore diameter: right – .662″, left – .667″. Consignor states that this is the earliest known Boss gun.
CONDITION: locks retain substantial amounts of case color which appears original. Bbls. retain significant brown finish highlighting the Twist pattern. All markings regarding maker are crisp & legible. Locks are strong & crisp. The beautifully figured stock retains crisp flat top checkering w/ numerous scuff marks. The finish remains strong. Edges of forend show two sm. voids. Bores show light pitting. (01-14725/TB). ANTIQUE. Estimate: $800-1200.
In England, 12 gauge shotguns rule. That’s why it seems like you’ll see a dozen or more 12gs for every 16g or 20g double barrel you come across. And because many of the smaller-gauge guns were made for smaller people, these side-by-sides often have shorter barrels and stubby stocks.
If you’re looking for a nice, lightweight 20 gauge side-by-side shotgun, this clean and very original double may be worth bidding on.
Here’s auctioneer’s complete listing:
Lot #2379: Cal. 20 Ga./ 2 1/2″. S# 2751. Bbl. 28″. Cylinder & 1/2 choke. Bbls. have nitro proof markings for 7/8 oz. of shot. Top rib marked “F. Beesley., 2 St. James’s Street, London, S.W.”
Box lock action with foliate scroll engraving. Automatic ejectors. Dbl. triggers. Checkered splintered forearm & straight grip stock of English walnut. LOP: 14 1/4″ to serrated butt; Drop at comb: 1 9/16″; Drop at butt: 2 3/16″; Weight: 5 lbs 2.3 oz.
CONDITION: bbls. have 80% blued finish with light scratches. Action has 60% case colors on receiver with 70% blue on floorplate & trigger guard. Tight action with sound mechanics. Very good bright bores.
UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: canvas case with maker’s label containing cleaning rod, oil bottle, pewter parts container & cleaning accessories. (11-2236/DS). CURIO. $3000-4000.
Work! It really gets in the way. If I didn’t need the money, I wouldn’t go. It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the office, so I’ve had little time for being here (or in the field). BUT tomorrow is October 1 — the best time of the year –and I’ll be out bright and early, gun in hand, head full of hopes.
The weather is supposed to be wet, so it looks like ducks in the AM and maybe some grouse later on. I’ll be carrying a 12g Fox HE for the ducks and I’m anxious to see how I do. I’ve never hunted waterfowland I’m psyched to see it happen. My girl HATES rain, so we’ll see how things go on grouse.
There are two big auctions coming up. James Julia and Poulin’s Antiques, right to each other in Fairfield, ME, are having their annual fall firearms auctions. Poulin’s is on Saturday and Julia’s starts on Monday. Here are some highlights:
Poulin Auction Company‘s three-day firearms auction starts this Friday and they have a bunch of interesting double barrel shotguns coming up, including Parkers, Remingtons, L.C. Smiths, Colts, Lefevers, and much more.
One of the most interesting is Lot #1046: a 12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with a cutaway action. This is a 1910 gun with a parker-pin style action, and it looks like it has a ton of original condition. The cutaways on the action let you look into the gun and see the cocking and firing mechanism. Pretty cool. It would be a great addition for a serious Fox collector.
This real early Parker Bros. underlifter hammergun is also very interesting. It’s serial #170 and a back action, so it was probably made around 1869. Even though it’s real old, it’s in fair, original condition. Parkers went through a lot of changes and upgrades through the years and this is a great example of how they started out. Another must have for a serious collector.
For British stuff, there’s Lot # 1044: a nice looking Alex Henry 12 gauge boxlock ejector. This looks like an original heavy proofer for 2 3/4″ shells. The gun looks pretty decent, although I think someone may have polished up the action a bit and refinished the butt stock. I have no idea how good the barrels are and the information is not listed, so make sure you check them out before you bid on them.
In all, there are over 180 shotguns in this auction, including a lot of pumps, autos, and single shots. But there are plenty of doubles. Here are a few more that caught my eye: