W. J. Jeffrey ~ Side-by-Side ~ Double Rifle ~ .475 NE: Metal Condition: Excellent with light mark, Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks, Bore Condition: Clean with no pitting or wear, Barrels: 24″, Stock: Checkered walnut, Stock Dimensions: 14.5″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut, Butt Pad: Leather recoil pad, Weight: 11lbs 8ozs, Sights: Notch and blade sight with adjustable rear leafs. Price: $21,499.97
Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale: All original gun that has never been fooled with. These are very hard to find and super rare in original condition. Bright, shiny, 28″ bores choked f/f.Serial Number: 165290, Barrel Length: 28”, Barrels: 28”, Gauge: 28ga, Stock Dimensions: 14”, Stock Comb: 1 1/2”, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Price:$14,500
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun: Advanced collectors always have what they call “reference guns”. A gun that they know to be all original to compare other guns to. This particular gun, a 225k SN range VH 12ga with original 28″ Vulcan Steel barrels is absolutely a reference gun. Made with capped pistol grip, splinter forend, double triggers and extractors. The gun remains in exceptional near mint original condition with more than 98% original barrel blue, virtually all of its bold original case color, and nearly all of its original stock finish. Here are the technical details on the gun: made on a 1-1/2 frame with drops of 1-1/2″ at comb and 2-3/4″ at heel and LOP of 14-1/2″ over the original DHBP. The gun weighs 6lbs 15oz and the barrels measure .730 (R) with .018(mod) and .732 (L) with .028 (imp. mod) and both barrels have .028MWT. This gun is guaranteed authentic and completely original in every respect and comes to me from one of the great Parker collections in the country. PGCA Letter included identifying the gun exactly as found today. It is very near mint and truly fantastic. I wish every Parker I owned was this fine and easy to describe. Simply put, no excuses on this gun. Price:$5995
PARKER BROS. AHE DOUBLE-BARREL SXS SHOTGUN: 12 gauge, 28″ Titanic steel barrels, No. 1 frame, auto ejectors and choked IC & I. MOD. Serial number 122110 and ordered on Sept. 16, 1903, for George S. McAlpin, New York, NY. Factory records indicate that it was a capped pistol grip measuring 13 7/8″ to a Silvers pad. Magnificent relief carved engraved with beautiful pointing dog game scenes. The muzzle is also border engraved. In superb condition with the barrels retaining nearly all of the blue. Excellent wood and checkering. Relief carved Parker shotguns are extremely scarce and this is a superb example. Price:$32,900
E.J. CHURCHILL BEST BOXLOCK SXS .410: 28″ BARRELS FUL AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP. NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION. MAKERS CASE. 4LBS 12 OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price:$12,500
Ithaca NID SXS Magnum 10 gauge, 3 1/2″ chambers: 32” barrels, Choked F/F, Double trigger, pistol grip, ejector. Original Ithaca pad with aluminum spacer. Virtually all the case color, blue and wood finish. Over five hundred thousand serial number gun. Very heavy magnum. One of the best examples encountered. Beavertail forend, Monte Carlo, little if any use at all. 11 lbs. 5 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 ¼”. Price: $5,995
William Powell 12g Boxlock SxS in Fantastic Original Condition in its Maker’s Case:
Boxlock – This gun has incredible condition, heavy proofs, great chokes, and stock dimensions. By high condition I mean 95% or better case color and barrel blacking. What more do you want How about the original maker’s case? You got it. Serial Number: 16041, Ejectors: No, Barrels: 28″, Stock Comb: 1 1/2, Stock Heel: 2 1/8, Stock Cast: 5/16, LOP: 14 7/16″ to checkered butt, Weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz., Choke Left: .022 full, Choke Right: .010 IC, Proof: Nitro: 2 3/4″ original, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .033″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035. Price:$3,000.
FRAPPER MORIN 12GA LIGHT WEIGHT FIELD GUN 6LBS 2OZ: A light and lively European Game gun. A well balanced, high-quality French 12ga that is lighter than many 20ga guns. Side clips. Hidden 3rd fastener. Manual safety. Great barrels. No dents, splits, pits or cracks. Locks up tight. Priced to sell! Chambers: 2 3/4IN, Condition: VERY GOOD, Bore Condition: BRIGHT, Barrels: 27IN, Gauge: 12 GA, Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL HORN, LOP: 14 1/4IN, Weight: 6LBS 2OZ, Choke Left: IMP/MOD, Choke Right: IMP/CYL, Proof: Nitro: YES. Price:$975
F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore ‘King’ Sidelock Shotgun: A pre-owned 20 bore F.lli Piotti ‘King’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 28 inch barrels at our New York Showroom. Sidelock ejector with double triggers (articulated front) and automatic safety. Price: $24,000
Triggers: Double (front articulated trigger)
Barrel Length: 28 Inches
Chamber: 2 3/4 Inch
Rib: Raised semi-concave
Chokes: Right: 1/4 Left: 1/4
Length: 14 3/8 Inches
Bend: 1 1/2 – 2 1/4
Cast: On 1/8 face
Grip: Traditional English straight hand grip
Butt End Finish: Chequered
Forend: Splinter Style Forend
Weight: 6lb 6oz
Date of Manufacture: 2006
L C Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge Wonderful: 28″ BARRELS. 99% BLUE, PERFECT BORES, IMCY. AND MODIFIED. BOTH ENDS OF BARRELS ENGRAVED WITH SCROLL AND BORDERS. GOLD INLAY AT BARREL EXTENSION, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, GOOD CASE COLOR. RIGHT LOCK HAS TWO ENGLISH POINTERS, RAIL FENCE. LEFT LOCK HAS TWO ENGLISH SETTERS IN A NON TYPICAL POSTURE WITH OVER HANGING TREE BRANCHES MUCH LIKE THE EARLIER GRADE 5 GUNS. FOREARM LATCH AND TRIGGER GUARD HAVE ALL THE ORIGINAL BLUE, TOPP LEVER TO THE EXTREME RIGHT, UNTURNED SCREWS, GOLD CROWN INLAY ON TOP LEVER. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE. NEAR PERFECT WOOD AND CHECKERING, GREAT DIMENSIONS, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/2″, 6 POUNDS 4 OUNCES. MADE IN 1928-1929. CODY FIREARMS MUSEUM LETTER VARIFIES THE SPECS, ONLY 48 MADE IN THIS CONFIGURATION.Price:$17,500
Browning B-S/S 12 Ga. SxS Shotgun, Straight Grip 28″ bbls. Price:$1,959.99
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Metal Condition: Very good with a few very small marks
Wood Condition: Very Good with a few light handling marks
Bore Condition: Bright, clean bores.
Triggers: Single gold color.
Stock: Checkered English Grip
Fore End: Checkered Fore end
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator Butt Pad
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Sights: Stainless Front Bead
Chokes: Fixed – Mod/Full
John Dickson of Edinburgh, 12g Round Action SxS shotgun with super rare sidelever: The Dickson round action is arguably considered to be the most elegant of all the side by side shotguns. Combine this with what is thought of as the most elegant of opening methods, the side lever, almost nirvana of the sidelock shotgun has been obtained. Only 26 round action Dickson guns were ever built. Great near perfect Damascus barrels with beautiful bores and excellent minimum wall thickness. Stock dimensions are excellent. If it were mine to keep and shoot I would have us remove the wood extension and install a best quality leather covered pad. This only costs and extra $300 and only takes two weeks. Built early in 1903. Price:$27,500
Ithaca Grade 2E, Side-by-Side, 10 Gauge 3 1/2″ Magnum: 32″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS. TYPICAL ENGRAVING PATTERN WITH A WOODCOCK ON THE RIGHT, QUAIL ON LEFT PLUS SCROLLWORK AND BORDERS, FADED CASE COLOR, EXCELLENT, ENGRAVED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO FAR RIGHT. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NICELY FIGURED WOOD AND NEAR PERFECT CHECKERING. GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 3/8″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″, 10 POUNDS. LATE GUN, NO COCKING INDICATORS. SERIAL NUMBER OVER 500,OOO. SCARCE – ONLY 164 GRADE TWO 10 GAUGE MAGNUMS WERE PRODUCED. CIRCA MID 1930’S. ALL ORIGINAL FINISH. Price:$4,750
William Powell & Son, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, SxS, 10g, For Fisher & Long, Detroit, Michigan: 10 gauge bar-in-wood William Powell, # 4834, built in 1872, 30 inch barrels, tight as new, 11.3 pounds, heavy, but the gun handles very well, imp cyl-mod choke in both barrels, patterns well, light pitting, could be honed out, these barrels are thick. The gun shows use, but not heavy use, screws are untouched, checkering is still good, now worn or recut, no cracks in stock, which is very stout. Barrels have not been cut, border engraved. Price:$1,950
The British are famous for their game guns: 12 gauge side-by-sides with 28″ or 30″ barrels, 2 1/2″ chambers, a straight stock, and doubles triggers. Most of these doubles weigh in at around 6 3/4lbs, and they’re ideal for taking everything up to pheasants out to about 40 yards.
Of course, the Brits also made heavy twelves for waterfowling and pigeon shooting. The William Powell double you see here is one of them, and from what I can see, it looks like it’s a good deal. With original 2 3/4″ chambers, it should be proofed for 1 1/4 oz. loads – more than enough lead for clays shooting – and with it’s high stock and should fit most shooters pretty well.
This fine Birmingham double found its way to America by a rather circuitous route through Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The left barrel is marked with the maker’s name and Carr’s Lane, Birmingham address and the right is marked, “Made for Donald Mackintosh, Melbourne”. Research indicates that Donald Mackintosh, Pty. Ltd. was a gunsmith and sporting goods store located on Latrobe Street in Melbourne and engaged in the importation of fine firearms from all over the world. An ad from the 1950’s announced the recent arrival of W. Powell and G. & S. Holloway hammerless SxS guns made to Mackintosh’s specifications. This would explain the pistol grip stock found on this shotgun as opposed to the classic English straight stock more frequently encountered on guns of this type. In any event, it is an excellent example of one of Birminham’s finer gunmakers with handsome engraving and barrels that ring clear and true. The lockup is as tight as the day it left England.
Estimated post WW II to early 1950’s by barrel flat markings
2-3/4″ – Ejectors
Engraved, case-colored receiver retains approximately 60% of original coloring with some vibrant areas remaining. Barrel bluing is approximately 85 – 90% with some freckling and patina.
Stock and forend are structurally sound, but carry the bumps and impression marks typically found on a field gun.
I like the old and impractical: bamboo fly rods…wooden decoys…books…and, of course, double-barrel shotguns — especially hammer guns with damascus barrels.
From about 1866-1875, centerfire hammer guns were the latest-and-greatest thing in the shooting world. Once they were introduced, hunters from the moors of Scotland to the Susquehanna flats tossed aside their slow-to-load percussion guns for the newest thing in double barrels.
William Powell & Son was one of the first British gunmakers to produce breachloading centerfire shotguns. Their side-by-sides were built on Powell’s “No. 1 patent” of 1864 and featured a snap-action, lift-up toplever design. The shotgun you see here is one of those doubles.
According to Steve Helsey at PowellsPatent.com, this one was ordered in 1869 by a Captain Cave. At that time, Powell had five hammer gun grades – Superior, Very Best, Best, Plain and Second. This shotgun is a “best”, or middle-grade gun.
Nice hammerguns are to find. So when I saw these three on Saturday at the preview for James D. Julia’s 3/12 auction, I stopped and gave each one a closer look. They’re nice shotguns, and all three –a 28 gauge, a 20 gauge, and a lightweight 20 gauge — are very hard to find.
LOT: 2202. THEATE FRERES 28 GA. HAMMER GUN.SN 2135. Cal. 28 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 29-1/2″ Dovetailed steel bbls are gold inlaid “Acier Extra” (Extra steel) and “Para Polvora Sem Fumaca” (For smokeless powder) on tops, which are also stamped “Theate Freres” and “Liege”. Raised, matted game rib is gold inlaid “Casa Laport”, breech end “28”. Bbl flats are stamped with Belgian nitro proofs for 28 ga 2-3/4″ chambers. Coin finished back sidelock hammer action features square crossbolt third fastener, side clips, and double triggers. Locks have rebounding hammers. Action is engraved with rudimentary scroll, and dog pointing flushing duck on each side. Nicely figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-7/8″ over red open sided pad. Matching forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.555, right -.550. Bore restrictions: left -.030 (extra full), right -.020 (full). Wall thickness: left -.024, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″.
CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all of its orig finish on wood and metal, bottom of action browned somewhat. Pad is petrified. Wood has some minor marks. Sling eyes have been removed from bbl and butt (replaced by Phillips screw). Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Hammers are a bit loose on tumblers. Twenty-eight gauge hammer guns in this kind of condition are hard to find, especially with long bbls and stock. This sleek little gun should be a lot of fun to shoot.
LOT: 2183. WILLIAM POWELL BAR IN WOOD 20 BORE HAMMER GUN. SN 6920. Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 29″ Blued Damascus bbls are engraved “William Powell & Son, 13, Carrs Lane, Birmingham” on broad, concave game rib. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs for 20 bore and 22 muzzle, and “Not for Ball”. Bar in wood action is stamped “Powell’s Patent” on water table, referring to locking system, which in this case uses a pivoting top lever and mid mounted crossbolt instead of the usual Powell push-up lever. Rebounding sidelocks have high spurred, round bodied, serpentine hammers. Action and locks are engraved with nicely cut medium scroll. “William Powell & Son” is on each lockplate. Trigger plate has double ball finial with SN on tang. Trigger guard is scroll engraved on bow. Nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over leather faced Silver type pad with white line spacer. Flat top point pattern checkering is at grip and a vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching, but fully checkered, splinter forend has Anson release with Anson patent marking on iron. Bore diameter: left-.622, right -.623. Bore restrictions: left -.015 (mod), right -.014 (mod). Wall thickness: left -.033, right -.035. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″.
CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain most of an old matte re-black, no Damascus pattern showing. Action and lockplates mostly cleaned to pewter gray, with scant traces of orig color hardening visible where protected by hammers. Stock retains most of an old oil finish over visible sanding marks. Checkering re-run long ago on buttstock. Forend checkering is considerably worn. Action is slightly loose even though punch marks, from “blacksmith” tightening, are visible at hook and locking lug. Locks are crisp. Left hammer screw is a modern replacement. Bores are bright and shiny with some scattered pits. A rare, high grade small bore hammer gun that’s certainly worth restoring to its former glory.
LOT: 2181. W. & C. SCOTT “THE ZEPHYR” HAMMER GUN. SN 46949. (ca 1893) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This unusual lightweight gun has 28-3/16″ two stripe Damascus bbls with concave, matted game rib engraved “W & C Scott & Son Makers & Patentees London.” on unmatted portion. Top of left bbl is engraved “The Zephyr”. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs, “Choke”, and “England”. Special lightweight action with tiny bar mounting rebounding hammer back action sidelocks derives extra strength from dolls head extension. Action is engraved with about 50% coverage medium scroll. Sidelocks are engraved with semi-relief shaded oak leaves. Locks are engraved “W & C Scott & Son”. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip. Broadly striped and nicely figured European walnut Prince of Wales grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over Silver pad, and features flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Fully checkered splinter forend has engraved metal tip and pluck-off tension spring release. Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.030 (full), right -.010 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.032. Drop at heel: 3-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″.
CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain nearly all of a very fine re-brown with good definition to pattern, over some scattered pitting. Action retains approx 30% orig case hardening color where protected, but is mostly pewter gray. Stocks retain most of an old rubbed oil finish with a few subsequent minor marks, checkering competently re-cut. All restoration work appears to have been done quite a long while ago. Action is tight. Bbls are somewhat off face. Dolls head shows some peaning. Locks are crisp. Left hammer is an unengraved replacement, but is of the correct style. Bores are very fine, shiny throughout, with some light frosting. Overall, a very unique and classic shotgun.