Great guns coming up today at Julias…

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER
FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER: SN 6687. (1893) Cal. .450 BPE. 28″ Fine Damascus bbls with full length file cut rib are engraved “Alexr Henry Edinburgh and London.” and “Maker to Their Royal Highness’ The Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh” on uncut portion of rib in front of one standing, three folding leaf express rear sight. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, SN, and “AH”. Case hardened Jones under lever action is fitted with unusual bar locks (most Henry rifles are fitted with back action locks). Locks have front sliding stalking safeties and round bodied serpentine hammers with dolphins heads and tall spurs. Action is engraved with well cut small intricate scroll. “Alexr Henry” is on each lockplate. Water table stamped with SN and “AH” has lightening cuts. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has SN at grip.

FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER
FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER

Intricately marbled and lightly figured European walnut steel trap capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. A thin shadow line beaded cheekpiece is on left side, and point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting release. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. PROVENANCE: Copies of factory ledger pages. Biographical info on Joseph Lister, founder of antiseptic surgery, for whom it appears this rifle was made. Richard Schreiber Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 95% orig brown with excellent definition to pattern. Action and lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on tangs and slightly on beads and fences. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish with a number of light marks, dents, and scratches, a bit dry on butt. Henry rifle bores are excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny throughout, with just a hint of frosting near breech end of left bbl. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. A beautiful Scottish rifle. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000

VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE
VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE

VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE: SN 48880. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Bbls with slightly raised, flat, matted rib mounted with two white beads, are engraved “KRUPP” and “FLUID STEEL” on tops. Krupp markings are also on bottoms of bbls. SN is on bottom left bbl. Typical late action with sideplates covering sears, features Lefever’s automatic safety (S engraved), cocking indicators, adjustable trigger pull, nickel-plated double triggers, and usual Lefever ejector system, ball and socket hinge, and cocking hook. Action and lockplates are engraved in typical “E” style with 30% coverage well cut scroll with geometric borders surrounding oval vignettes of nicely engraved dogs on lockplates; a pointer on left and setter on right. “Lefever” “Arms Co” is engraved on each lockplate. A duck is flushing from marsh on trigger guard bow. SN is at grip. Interesting, well marbled, stump grain European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over old, most likely original, Silver pad, with edges and face cleaned up. Standard point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. A vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has usual steel tip, steel escutcheon at

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE.
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE.

center, and usual friction release. Bore diameter: left -.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (full), right -.040 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 60 – 70% orig blue, with some flecking and silvering on sharp edges. Bottom rib has an old striation/ scratch running from muzzle to 1″ in front of loop. Action retains approx 70% orig case hardening color, silvered from normal hand wear on fences, beads, and around bottom. Lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, right plate a bit less. There is about 20% color on trigger guard bow. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with butt slightly lightened after pad has been cleaned up. Checkering is lightly worn. Bores are very fine, lightly frosted. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. There are a number of short stable cracks behind lockplates. A neat old gun with great dimensions. Estimate: $6,500-$9,500

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE: SN 10120. (Ca 1911)Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Dovetailed steel bbls are engraved “William Evans (From Purdey’s) 63 Pall Mall. St. James’s, London.” on low, concave game rib. Bbl flats are damascened and stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. Case hardened sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), double triggers, bushed strikers, and screw grip dolls head third fastener. Action and lockplates are engraved with bold, large, open, shaded scroll with acanthus highlights, and an attractive floral and scroll device on lockplates. Action beads are well filed and fences engraved with large shaded scroll somewhat deeper in relief than that on action. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has relief SN on short tang. Well figured and lightly streaked, dark European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features drop points, diamond hand, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line.

FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE

Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.019 (Mod), right -.011 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.033, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Maker’s leather case with brass corners is embossed “L. C. C.” and “JUNR” on lid, which also has remnants of numerous shipping labels. Interior is lined in scarlet cloth having gold embossed black Evans label on lid. CONDITION: Excellent, as found, retaining an exceptional amount of what appears to be its orig finish on wood and metal under more than a half century’s accumulation of wiped on oil and dust. Bbl blue appears to be smooth, with only a few rubs through. Case colors appear to be vivid, with silvering only on action beads and fences. Oil finish of stock shows slightly raised grain and a number of minor nicks and dents. Checkering is slightly worn and dirty. Bores are bright and shiny with a hint of frosting. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Case leather is dark, crazed, and with considerable amount of top grain lifted. Handle, straps, and retainers are missing. Interior cloth shows considerable insect damage, some mildew. Partitions are tight. Label is excellent. A solid, good handling gun in need of a judicious cleaning. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX
EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX. SN FWS38768. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Bbls with raised, matted, single sighting plane rib, are marked “L.C. SMITH – 16 GA. – Field – FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.” on top of right bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with Hunter proofs, SN, and “FIELD 2 3/4 IN CHAMBER”. Typical case hardened featherweight action features automatic safety and Hunter single selective trigger. “L.C. SMITH” is on each lockplate. Trigger blade, selector, and trigger guard are blued. Relatively plain American walnut capped pistol grip stock measures 14″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Flat top point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. Matching schnabeled beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing bolt and secondary knurled release button in blued oval escutcheon. Drop at heel: 2-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs 8 oz. LOP: 14″. Gun is accompanied by its orig yellow hang tag with

EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX
EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX

correct information penciled in. Brown corrugated cardboard shipping box printed “L.C. SMITH GUNS” on both sides, has blue and white Smith shipping label with destination penciled in, along with railway express label with cost of gun and shipping penciled in. Inner packing box with orig waxed wrappings inside is marked “16 Ga Field” on end. CONDITION: Truly exceptional, essentially as new, appears unfired, with a few very light scratches across rib at rear, and a few light marks in buttstock. Finish on grip cap lifted. There are also a few light marks on trigger guard bow. Bores are excellent. Trigger works. Left ejector is “live” and undoubtedly just a bit gummy from disuse. Hang tag is good, considerably creased and soiled, information legible. Box is fine, some tape lifting, labels lightly foxed and soiled. An unusual, investment quality L. C. Smith. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000

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EDWINSON GREEN 450 #2 N. E.- A REAL DOUBLE RIFLE- EXC PLUS BORES- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 75% ORIGINAL CASE COLORS
EDWINSON GREEN 450 #2 N. E.- A REAL DOUBLE RIFLE- EXC PLUS BORES- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 75% ORIGINAL CASE COLORS

EDWINSON GREEN 450 #2 N. E.- A REAL DOUBLE RIFLE- EXC PLUS BORES- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 75% ORIGINAL CASE COLORS: #6445, Edwinson Green & Sons, Makers, Cheltenham, England: A Real Double Rifle, Made by the Makers of Jeffery Boxlock Double Rifles, A Very Solid 450 #2 Nitro Express with Excellent Plus Bores that was Made in 1906, 28″ Krupp Steel Extractor Chopper Lump Barrels, Dolls Head Extension, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 3 folding rear sights, Nitro proved at 75 cordite & 480 grain bullet, No sling eyes, Bushed strikers, No cheekpiece, 14 7/8″ LOP over a 1″ leather pad, Cast-Off for the right hand, The proper and correct 450 #2 Big Bore weight of 11 lbs. 7 oz., 15% coverage of very nice scroll, Near exhibition wood with deep black/brown contrast, The buttstock and forend wood remains extremely solid with a lifetime of game field use left in both the forend and buttstock, The strength to this gun is the excellent plus bores & wood condition, The barrel blue appears totally original at 90%, The buttstock refinished & now at 96%, The checkering is at 98%, The frame has 75% original case colors, The breech face has 90% case colors, The inside of the forend has 99% case colors. This is one extremely solid rifle that remains in excellent condition with excellent plus bores that look new for all intents and purposes. This is real stuff that was owned by one of the best double rifle hunter/shooter enthusiasts in the U.S. It is an accurate double that will shoot 2″ at 50 yards and put both 350 & 480 .458″ diameter bullets into 4″ at 100 yards. All the loading information will be furnished with the purchase. Then top it all off; it has super bores, great condition, points like a dream with the proper cast-off and is offered in one of the greatest English cartridges of all time that shoots .458″ diameter bullets all day long. There are double rifles and then there are serious double rifles. Serious rifles have two barrels, everything else just burns gunpowder. Some guns depth is a backyard wading pool; this 450 #2 has depth of the ocean./////////////////////////////// Edwinson Charles Green learned his craft in Birmingham and moved to Cheltenham in 1863 and remained active until his death in 1927 at the age of 89. He was very skilled as his patented O/U laid the ground work for the first Purdey O/U. Mr. Ernest Lawrence Sr. was the works manager at Purdey in 1924 and was approached by Mr. Atholl Purdey to build an O/U gun. Mr. Harry Lawrence was then in the factory and he drew from the ideas of Mr. Edwinson Green. He also patented a 3 barrel gun and built a round action nearly identical to the Dickson. Edwinson Green & Sons was still operating as late as 1983. Price: $27,000

F.W. Kessler Very Best Grade .250 Savage Ejector Clam Shell Action Double Rifle
F.W. Kessler Very Best Grade .250 Savage Ejector Clam Shell Action Double Rifle

F.W. Kessler Very Best Grade .250 Savage Ejector Clam Shell Action Double Rifle: With all the great features and in spectacular condition.   F. W.  Kessler was known for the highest quality and  best workmanship available in his day.  The bores of these 27 inch barrels are mint.  The barrels retain about 97% original blue except a small blemish, (see photo 14) likely a blood spot, on the right barrel just forward of the rear sights. This rare clam shell action has full coverage of very delicate bouquet and scroll engraving.  Original case colors ,in protected areas, are about 99% plus with original 80% fading colors on remaining exposed areas. The stock has excellent figure and finish with a leather covered pad. Checkering is excellent on both stock and forearm.  The stock has a beaded cheek rest and the forearm has a horn insert in the tip.  The rear sights are 1 standing and 4 folding to 500 yards.  The front sight is hooded with a flip up night sight.  Just a few additional fine features are a scalloped action ,excellant screws, both triggers set, cocking indicators, sling swivels, rib extention with Greener cross bolt and bushed strikers.  Price: $10,950

Francotte Pre-War 16ga 28in BLNE 2 1/2in IM/F: A sweet 5lb 14oz DT 2 1/2in 16ga  Francotte BLNE  with lots of condition 60-70% case color  95% blue 98% wood  14 in LOP to a horned buttplate. Price: $2,200

Francotte Pre War 16ga 28in BLNE 2 1/2in IM/F
Francotte Pre War 16ga 28in BLNE 2 1/2in IM/F
PAUL JAEGER 12 GAUGE DOUBLE - HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION - 4 BITE LOCKUP
PAUL JAEGER 12 GAUGE DOUBLE – HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION – 4 BITE LOCKUP

PAUL JAEGER 12 GAUGE DOUBLE – HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION – 4 BITE LOCKUP: Here is a high condition Paul Jaeger 12 gauge double. This interesting gun has FOUR bites – two Purdey style under bites, Greener style cross bolt and a rib extension bite. Early Paul Jaeger, Philadelphia, PA import from Belgium. Gun retains most of original case color. Extractor. Auto safety. Side clips. Mirror bores with .726 measurements. Barrels are 26″ choke Full and Full (40/1000). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5 OZ – a great carry weight. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $1,450

LC SMITH LONG RANGE IN 12 GAUGE - 30" BARRELS
LC SMITH LONG RANGE IN 12 GAUGE – 30″ BARRELS

LC SMITH LONG RANGE IN 12 GAUGE – 30″ BARRELS: Here is the famous LC Smith “Long Range” 12 gauge in Field Grade. Designed for long range waterfowl shooting this gun features 3″ chambers and special chokes. Correct “Long Range” features and markings (see last photo). Mirror 30″ bores as original, Right at .727 with 30/1000 choke (Full) and Left at .728 with 48/1000 choke (Extra Full). Chambers measure 3″ and have correct forcing cones. Barrels ring true with no loose ribs. Gun is tight on face. Case colors in protected areas. Extractors. LC Smith buttplate. Weight is 7 LBS 15 OZ. Beavertail forend. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″ Price: $1,400

Auction alert: A Holland & Holland double rifle you can actually use…

HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE

Double rifles are just plain cool. But while have a huge “wow” factor, most have three things that stink about them: Their recoil will knocks your teeth loose, their ammo costs a fortune, and their arm-aching weight makes them a PIA to carry all day.

This rare boxlock Holland & Holland DR coming up in a couple weeks at James D. Julia Auctions’ Spring 2015 sale has none of those problems. It’s all “wow,” and a fantastic little double rifle you can really use.

It’s a 30-30, so the recoil is mild and ammo is inexpensive. And because  it weighs just 6lbs 10 oz, carrying it all day would be easy. With it’s ghost-ring peep sight and shotgun-like handling, it just might be the ultimate rifle for northern New England deer hunting.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE: SN 17638. (ca 1899) Cal. 30-30 and .410. 3″ Chambers. 24″ Dovetailed 30-30 rifle bbls with partially file cut flat full length rib, are fitted with screwed-on ghost ring rear peep and gold bead front sight in ramp. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland 98 New Bond Street. London.” and “Winners of All The “Field Rifle Trials” London.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs with no caliber information. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs. 26″ Dovetailed .410 bbls with flat matted rib are engraved “Griffin & Howe Inc.” and “New York” on tops. There are 1″ triangles of Germanic scroll engraving at breech ends. Bbl flats are stamped with German nitro proofs for .410 and 12mm, with the proof date of 9/35. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Krupp – Laufstahl” and bottom of right bbl is engraved “Made in Germany”. Small boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, and a Miller single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved with 60% coverage well cut open shaded scroll. “Holland & Holland” is on each side of action. Bottom of action is engraved “Patent Ejector”. Steel trigger guard has scroll engraving on bow, and SN on tang, which extends to engraved steel grip cap. Nicely marbled and lightly fiddle figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over ribbed composition buttplate, and features classically shaped shadow line right hand cheekpiece, drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a gold circle engraved “H. C. P.” on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. 30-30 Rifle bbls: Drop at heel: approx 3-1/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. .410 Bbl set: Bore diameter at muzzles: left -.373, right -.386. Minimum wall thickness: left -.040, right -.039. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. A & F marked leather motor case is embossed on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and contains 3-pc aluminum and plastic “Tri-Pak” cleaning rod, a leather wallet containing pull-through cleaning kit, along with brushes and mop,and a pair of .410 snap caps.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE

CONDITION: Excellent, as refinished. Rifle bbls retain nearly all of a fine satin re-black, engraving slightly softened, rear sight dovetail plugged. Shotgun bbls retain approx 95% of their orig blue, with some spotting, rubs, and silvering. Action retains traces of case color, and is mostly pewter gray. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish, considerably rounded at sharp edges, and a fairly large piece of new wood has been inlet at top of grip into comb. Checkering is good, and does not appear to have been re-cut at grip, but has been freshened on forend. All bores are excellent, rifling sharp throughout. Action is a bit loose with rifle bbls. (Tight with shotgun bbls) Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case leather is excellent with a few rubs and scratches. Handle and straps are excellent. Interior cloth is excellent with some rubs. Snap caps are corroded. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000

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Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2" barrels
Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels

Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels: Choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.010).  Original 2-3/4 1oz. heavy proof. Raised concave game rib marked “Boss & Co. 41 Albermarle Street Picadilly London W”.  Built with the style and grace that these “golden era” Boss guns are famous for.  The petite “easy opening” action gun weighs a mere 5lbs, 5 oz.  Fitted with the Boss patent single trigger.  Well-figured stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt.  Balanced directly on the pin, this estate-fresh example retains 97% original blue, 80% vibrant case colors over the jewel-like engraving by the renowned Jack Sumner.  Built in 1930 to the true small bore specs, a unique opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen heavy proof vintage 20.  Cased in original violin case. Price: $59,500

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition
A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition: Beautiful A&S Famars Castore 12 gauge self-cocking hammergun with double triggers engraved by Master Engraver Pasolini and restocked by Piotti in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut. Cased in a leather maker’s case with trade label and mahogany three-piece cleaning rod. Made in 1974 when both Mario Abbiatico and Remo Salvinelli were active in the business. In fact, “Remo” is engraved on the bottom of the rear lug indicating that he personally worked on this gun.   ***   The frame is beautifully engraved and has uniquely shaped fences, ornately engraved hammers, and a signature likeness of Neptune on the pierced toplever. Maker’s name “Famars” is inlaid in gold on the bottom of the frame and a gold crown is inlaid in the toplever. Overall weight is 7lb 4oz.   ***   The 28” barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and auto ejectors. The right barrel has a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. The left has a constriction of 0.020 for Modified choke. Topped with a smooth concave game style rib. The breech ends of the barrels are adorned by two gold rings with one ring at the muzzles as well. The maker’s name “Armi Famars” is inlaid in gold on the top of the rib.   ***   This Castore was restocked in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut by Piotti in Italy. Straight grip and splinter forearm. Professionally installed leather recoil pad. Stock dimensions are 1-3/8” by 2-1/4” by 15”.   ***   This rare and highly desirable double is in like new condition. Price: $18,495

Harris Holland 500BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Harris Holland .500 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Harris Holland .500 BPE Double Rifle: A Holland 3″ 500BPE double express rifle by Harris Holland. SN 39xx. Harris was the first of the Hollands in “Holland and Holland” and the founder if the initial company. This rifle is in excellent condition for a 140 year old rifle. It has been well taken care of. The 28″ damascus barrels have near excellent bores probably regulated by Bill Froome because it shoots excellent diagrams with black or smokeless powder. They have early Metford style rifling with square lands and grooves. LOP is 14″ to a steel shotgun style butt. It weighs 8 1/2 lbs. Load data appears on left action bar – characteristic of Holland rifles. There is about 60% coverage of fine English scroll crisp and like new. It is very tight and on face with a unique “dolls head” top rib projection – see photos. There are no “negatives” regarding this rifle. I will pay shipping to the contiguous 48. I have plenty more pics and will create specials upon request. Price: $14,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE: 26″IC AND MOD 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT NEW CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 3/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $5,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE
Lefever EE 16ga SxS double Barrel Shotgun - Rare
Lefever EE 16ga SxS double Barrel Shotgun – Rare

Lefever EE 16ga – Rare: Gun retains 50%-60% plus bright original overall case color on frame and sideplates. Roughly 85-90% original plum barrel blue. Original chokes and chambers- 2 5/8″ chambers and choked I/C and Mod.  Excellent bores, 28″ Krupp fluid steel barrels. Original butt stock retains most of the original varnish and does have a white line pad on it. Splinter forearm which, while matches nicely, is likely an early Ithaca replacement based on the engraving and checkering pattern. Nicely engraved with one dog on each side in typical E grade pattern in the 54,xxx serial range. Price: $4995

We kicked butt in 2014. Thank you for making it an awesome year.

See how we did in 2014.
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It’s been another great year for Dogs & Doubles. Thank you for your support.

I started this blog back in February, 201o and finished that year with 31,885 visits. Last year was quite a bit better. We finished 2014 with 219,374 visits. If you like stats and infographics, click here to find out more about how my blog did in 2014.

Since 2010, I’ve changed companies twice, married, bought a home, lost Puck (my first great bird dog), added Lexi, picked up some nice doubles, and hunted all over the place.

I’m going to try and do more with Dogs and Doubles in 2015. I’d like to get my total visits above 300,000 for the year. That’s a big jump, so Pplease keep checking on a regular basis to see what Lexi and I have going on – and to see all sorts of great side-by-side and over-under shotguns.

Merry Christmas…..

Santa taking a break from his duties
Santa taking a break from his duties

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Dogs & Doubles. Lexi and I hope you having a wonderful day with your loved ones, family and friends.

Here are a couple doubles I wish Santa had left me under the tree. I guess he couldn’t fit them down the chimney – or maybe he decided to keep them for himself

This first one America’s original magnum shotgun – a. Ithaca 3 1/2″ 10 gauge SxS. It’s the perfect double for pass-shooting your Christmas goose – especially from a flying sleigh.

The hammerless Alex Henry double rifle looks fabulous — especially for a SxS that’s 100+ years old. It would be a great deer rifle. Of course, you shouldn’t  mention this to Rudolph, Dancer, and the rest of Santa’s string.

 

Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side:
Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side:

Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side: Serial Number: 500683. In the world of vintage American double big bore shotguns, this gun is a legend.  Only Parker and Ithaca made a true 10ga. magnum, both rarely seen for sale.  Of course, if a Parker comes up it is priced sky high, as they made precious few and Parkers rein King in the way of price.  The Ithaca Mag 10 came about in 1932 when Spencer Olin came up with the cannon sized shotgun shell, the 3 1/2″ magnum 10ga. with 2 ounces or more of shot.  He approached Ithaca and the boys there came up with the 10 1/2lb. Ithaca 10 Mag.

Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side:
Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side:

Ithaca guns are great guns, and eminently more affordable than the Parker.  Total production in all grades of the Ithaca 10 Mag was 887 guns.  Only 156 were made in Grade 2, making this a truly rare gun.  Unaltered and well cared for since it left the factory, this gun, sn500683 made in 1939, is raw power for your long range shooting.  Whether it be geese, turkey, or blocking corn fields for pheasants, the 3 1/2″ 10ga. magnum is the hardest hitting double shotgun allowed in the USA.  Still carrying lots of factory condition, this is a rare, investment grade shotgun that will continue to grow in value as you enjoy its use.  No closet queen, this gun is ready to hunt.  It is not beat up, but has enough wear on it that you will not hesitate to take it afield.  You will not have this opportunity again for a very long time with production numbers so low.  There cannot be 150 Grade 2 Magnums left on the planet, and few as nice and original as this one.  Price: $6,950

Alexander Henry Double Rifle, Edinburgh & London- .360 caliber:
Alexander Henry Double Rifle, Edinburgh & London- .360 caliber

Alexander Henry Double Rifle, Edinburgh & London- .360 caliber: Charge 2 1/4″ Drs, 26” barrels, full sidelock. A finest construction available as it was Built for the Maharaj Rana of Dholpur. This outstanding small frame gun is a double rifle almost in miniature, has virtually 100% of the case color, blue, Damascus finish on the barrels, and wood finish. Leather pad, French fitted case with every conceivable accessory, flip up sights, double trigger, large gold escutcheon in stock with the Maharaj’s stamp, there is no finer gun available in finer condition, one of best guns ever made, superb unaltered condition, the gun is virtually unused. Comes with original Oak and crocodile presentation case and with some correspondence to the NRA. A wonderful item. 6lb. 7oz. 13 7/8” x 1 7/8” x 2 7/8”. Price: $32,500

Making a double the Holland & Holland way…

What does it take to build the best? Check out these videos to find out. They do a great job of documenting just how Holland & Holland builds their legendary shotguns and double rifles.

Pair of new Holland & Holland Royal side-by-side shotguns
Pair of new Holland & Holland Royal side-by-side shotguns

Compared to the Beretta video I posted the other day, it looks like H & H uses a lot more handwork. Is this true? Maybe, or maybe the people who created the video chose to focus more on the handwork. Either way, I think the first video does a great job of what we call “Building Value” in the ad world.

The second video is another look inside the Holland factory. It’s worth watching if you have the time.

Holy wow. Check out this Dickson double rifle coming up at Holts…

MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON JOHN DICKSON & SON AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868,
MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON
JOHN DICKSON & SON
AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868

Here’s a jaw dropper. This stunning black-powder double rifle was by John Dickson & Son for eccentric collector Charles Gordon.

Lot 967: MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON
JOHN DICKSON & SON

AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868

28in. black powder only fine damascus barrels with dolls-head extension, raised matted rib with open sights and two folding leaf sights with white metal inlaid sight lines and marked for 100, 200 and 300 yards, bead fore-sight, tubes engraved ‘JOHN DICKSON & SON. 63 PRINCES STREET. EDINBURGH’, Jones patent rotary-underlever, finely carved percussion fences, non-rebounding back-action locks with front bolted hammers, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 14 5/8in. well-figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, floral engraved sling eyes, engraved and colour-hardened steel pistolgrip-cap, chequered steel buttplate with ribbon and scroll engraving retaining much original blued finish, fore-end with large grip-catch release lever, weight 9lb. 5oz., in its brass-mounted oak case, fitted internally in the French style with green baize lining, with some original accessories and with its original leather outer cover with later brass name plaque engraved ‘A MATHESON’

MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON JOHN DICKSON & SON AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868,
MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON
JOHN DICKSON & SON
AN EXCEPTIONAL .500 (3IN.) BLACK POWDER EXPRESS ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 3868,

Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed this to be a ‘Gordon Gun’ and that it was completed for him on 5th February 1886 as a ‘.500 hammer double C.F. Express rifle, underlever’.

Of the 229 recorded guns and rifles ordered from John Dickson & Son by Charles Gordon, just 25 were centrefire hammer rifles.

In the 1908 auction of Charles Gordon’s Collection by Dowell’s of George Street, just one centrefire rifle by Dickson’s was offered for sale, Lot 319. Described simply as ‘Breech-loading rifle, under lever action, by John Dickson, Edinburgh, and waterproof cover’. It sold for 21/-.
It is possible that this is when the rifle came into the possession of the current Vendor’s family.

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Pre-war Boss SxS Shotgun 20 ga., 26-1/2" Barrels
Pre-war Boss SxS Shotgun 20 ga., 26-1/2″ Barrels

Pre-war Boss SxS Shotgun 20 ga., 26-1/2″ Barrels: Choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.010).  Original 2-3/4 1oz. heavy proof. Raised concave game rib marked “Boss & Co. 41 Albermarle Street Picadilly London W”.  Built with the style and grace that these “golden era” Boss guns are famous for.  The petite “easy opening” action gun weighs a mere 5lbs, 5 oz.  Fitted with the Boss patent single trigger.  Well-figured stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt.  Balanced directly on the pin, this estate-fresh example retains 97% original blue, 80% vibrant case colors over the jewel-like engraving by the renowned Jack Sumner.  Built in 1930 to the true small bore specs, a unique opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen heavy proof vintage 20.  Cased in original violin case. Price: $59,500

SAUER & SOHN, SUHL DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE: SAUER & SOHN, SUHL DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE, CALIBER 43 MAUSER. CONDITION MINT ALL FACTORY PRE WAR ORIGINAL WOOD AND METAL FINISH.  BARRELS MARKED KRUPP-ESSEN GUSS-STAHL.  WE ALSO HAVE FACTORY AMMO, DIE SET AND EMPTY BRASS ALONG WITH PROPER DIA BULLETS ALL INCLUDED IN PRICE. Price: $14,995

SAUER & SOHN, SUHL DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE
SAUER & SOHN, SUHL DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE

PAIR PARKER REPRODUCTION 28GA/28″ BARRELS CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS: MATCHING PAIR, CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERED WINCHESTER PARKER REPRODUCTION 28GA, 28″ BARRELS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, PISTOL GRIP, SPLINTER FOREARM.  BOTH CHOKED Q1, & Q2.  COMES WITH ORIGINAL BOXES, DUST COVERS, AND CASE.  Price: $9850

PAIR PARKER REPRODUCTION 28GA/28" BARRELS CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS
PAIR PARKER REPRODUCTION 28GA/28″ BARRELS CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS
FRANCOTTE KNOCKABOUT ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE KNOCKABOUT ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE

FRANCOTTE KNOCKABOUT ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE: 26″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM PISTOL GRIP MAKERS CASE MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION 5LBS 8 OZ X 2″ X 1 3/8″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $8,500

VOGEL HAMMER SHOTGUN – MADE IN GERMANY – NITRO PROOF 30 3/8″ STEEL BARRELS – 16 GAUGE: Here is nice condition 16 gauge German hammer shotgun made by Vogel. This gun features 30 3/8″ nitro proofed steel barrels. Barrels are in proof. Right barrel original proof at 16 measures .668 with 18/1000 choke (Mod) while Left barrel original proof at 16/1 measures .676 with 36/1000 choke (Full). Mirror bores. No swivels or cheek piece. Prince of Wales of grip. Steel butt plate. Stock oval. Pre-war quality. Rebounding hammers. Chambers are 3″. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 14 OZ. Price: $1,150

VOGEL HAMMER SHOTGUN - MADE IN GERMANY - NITRO PROOF 30 3/8" STEEL BARRELS - 16 GAUGE
VOGEL HAMMER SHOTGUN – MADE IN GERMANY – NITRO PROOF 30 3/8″ STEEL BARRELS – 16 GAUGE

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ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE
ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE

ALEX HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE 500 BPE: 28″  DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH 3 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT AND PERFECT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR AND MAKERS CASE 8LBS 7 OZ X 14 1/4. Price: $12,500

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE:  30″ BARRELS, FULL & FULL, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, UNTURNED SCREWS, LIGHT CASE COLOR, TYPICAL ENGRAVING WITH GAME BIRDS AND SCROLLWORK.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NICELY FIGURED WOOD, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 5/8″ X 14″, 6 POUNDS 2 OUNCES.  L C SMITH RECORDS, LETTER INCLUDED.  MADE IN 1925, 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.  SCARCE GUN. Price: $5,800

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN: 32″ damascus steel barrels choked full & full. Auto ejector’s, double triggers, and deluxe checkered wood. LOP: 14 3/8″ to a dogs head buttplate. COMB: 1 1/2″ HEEL: 2 1/2″ Weight: 8lbs 6oz. Retaining 97% plus original barrel finish and pattern. The frame showing 95-97% original case colors. Triggerguard bow and tang 97% plus original bright blue. Super wood and checkering. Bores are mint. Price: $4950

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector: 26″ barrels choked modified(.017″) and full(.027″).Semi pistol grip stock,double triggers,ejectors.Imported in the 1930s by V,L,&D.Weighs 6-4.2 3/4″ chambers.Stock dimensions are 143/8″ LOP,1 5/8″ at comb, and 2 3/4″ at heel.Nicely engraved.A fine little upland bird gun. Price: $4,000

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector
Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector

 

 

 

 

 

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge: 28″ barrels,10 choke tubes. English grip, field forend. DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 1/4″ CAST 1/8″ off LOP 14 5-8″ to checkered butt. 6lbs 4oz. Gun is in excellent condition. Price $2,400

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge
B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge

A trio of awesome H&H Royal double rifles. But will they sell?

Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 375 Magnum Flanged Cartridge Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation
Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 375 Magnum Flanged Cartridge Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation

Talk about extraordinary. Rock Island Auctions has this incredible set of Holland & Holland Royal double rifles coming up in this week’s sale:

Magnificent Set of Three Consecutively Serial Numbered Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifles Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation

The guns are from 1954 and consecutively serial numbered: 35248 – a 7 M/M Magnum Flanged35249 – a .300 H&H Flanged, and  35250 – a .375 Magnum Flanged. They’re all original and they come cased with just about every option imaginable: original scopes & mounts, extra sets of locks, ivory-bead front sights, a full compliment of cleaning accessories and more.

But while they’re certainly nice, I just can’t convince myself that they’re worth the amount quoted at the low end of the estimate – $90,000 a piece or $275,000 for all three. We’ll see if anyone disagrees with me.

Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 300 H&H Flanged Cartridge Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation
Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 300 H&H Flanged Cartridge Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation
Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 7 M/M Magnum Flanged Cartridge with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation
Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 7 M/M Magnum Flanged Cartridge with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation

Awesome! A super original 1933 Holland & Holland Modele De Luxe double rifle…

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

Many collectors believe that London-made shotgun built between World War 1 and World War 2 are among the finest side-by-sides and over-unders ever created. Take a look at the double rifle you see here and you’ll understand why. Holland & Holland was known for making the best double rifles in the world, and the Modele De Luxe was the top gun – the absolute very best of he best in 1933 and today.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED: #31475, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London: A Holland & Holland Hand Detachable Back Action Sidelock Royal “Modele De Luxe” Ejector 240 Magnum Flanged with the Bolstered Frame, Made in the Golden Era of 1933. It has 25″ Ejector Chopper Lump barrels with rib extension third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Fold over night sight, Original Nitro Proof at 31 1/2 Cordite – 100 grain bullet & a 2 1/2″ case. The small size action body is complete with a bolstered frame, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Hand detachable locks, Extended top tang over the comb of the stock, Rolled trigger guard edge, The stock with a trap grip cap with a spare front sight, Shadowline cheekpiece, 13 7/8″ LOP over a 7/8″ Silvers pad, Proper 240 weight at 8 lbs. 5 oz.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

This Royal “Modele De Luxe” has 100% coverage of the typical but seldom seen pre-war Deluxe engraving with baroque gargoyles, serpents, dragons, grotesque masks and sneering faces. This is very well cut engraving with a fair amount of cut relief. The stock on this gun is with Deluxe wood that has excellent color and contrast of deep blacks and brown. It has an engraved trap grip cap with a sneering face and a spare front sight inside.

The piece retains 99% original & vivid case colors, The barrels have 99% original blue, The trigger guard blue is 100%, The original oil stock finish remains at 98%, The checkering is at 100%, Every screw is 100%, The bores are excellent plus and appear as new, The locks are in the same condition as the outside of the gun, The stock inletting is clean and solid in every respect and looks like it was cut yesterday. The whole is cased in the maker’s original brass cornered leather trunk with a canvas cover, all accessories including spare strikers, turnscrews, snap caps & cleaning gear.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

The piece has all the appearance of never being fired and is almost like walking out of 98 New Bond Street 80 years ago with a brand new gun. This Classic Royal “Modele De Luxe” piece remains in superb condition, a fun cartridge, outstanding wood that will go a lifetime, bores like new, bolstered frame and is a top drawer Deluxe gun from one of the greatest sporting gun makers of the British trade. We have loaded for this cartridge and can do it again if you want us to go there but it appears unfired. Price: $85,000.00

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

Cool little double rifle: An Alexander Henry .300 Sherwood, 19 3/4″ bbls..

Alexander Henry, Gunmaker, Scotland, from Wikipedia
Alexander Henry, Gunmaker Scotland, from Wikipedia

After John Dickson & Son, Alexander Henry may be Edinburgh’s most famous gunmaker. Mr Henry   opened his business in 1853, and within a decade he was know throughout Scotland and the UK for his competition rifles, sporting rifles, and a major for the Henry rifling used in the famous Martini-Henry rifle. In 1870, he also invented snap caps.

Even though Mr Henry died in 1894, his is business lived up until about World War 1. The petite little double rifle / shotgun you see here was made at that time. The 300 Sherwood cartridge it uses was introduced by Westley Richards in 1901. Made for small game hunting, the cartridge pushes a 140 grain projectile at 1,400 feet per second and generates 610 foot pounds of energy — comparable to a .357 Magnum.

Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun

Alexander Henry & Co., Edinburgh, .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle/Shotgun: Scroll Engraved. AE, 2 Barrel Set: 19 3/4″ .300 Sherwood nitro proof. 1 standing & 4 leaf folding sights & 28″ inch Mod. & Full 3″ nitro proof. Pistol grip, Auto Safety, 14″ LOP to checkered butt. Highly figured Walnut Stock. 85% case color, 5 pound 1 ounce, & 5 pound 3 ounce. Original Oak and Leather Case with tools plus 50 rounds of Kynoch .300 Sherwood Ammunition. Price: $29,500.00

Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
lexander Henry, Gunmaker, Edinburgh & London
lexander Henry, Gunmaker, Edinburgh & London
Box of .300 Sherwood Kynoch Rifle Cartridges
Box of .300 Sherwood Kynoch Rifle Cartridges

At auction: A rare 12g SxS shotgun by Wm. R. Schaefer…

Wm R Shaefer & Sons, Boston, Gunmakers, From Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Wm R Shaefer & Sons, Boston, Gunmakers, From Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Boston isn’t a city we think of as gun friendly. But in the 19th and early 20th century, it was home to a number of famous gunmakers, including William R. Schaefer.

Wm R. Schaefer started making percussion guns around 1853. By 1883, his sons had joined the business and they were making custom shotguns and rifles in Boston at 61 Elm Street (Elm Street was at the edge of Scollay Sq, near Faneuil Hall).

The Wm R. Schaefer boxlock you see here was probably made in the 1880s. It looks very “Westley Richards” to me, which isn’t surprising. Schaefer was an agent for Harrington & Richardson’s A&D hammerless guns. Here’s more about this double from the seller:

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga:

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

s/n 4170; brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good cond; checkered pistol grip, heavily engraved action, trigger guard, damascus brls, light rust at top front.

 

 

 

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Elm Street, Scollay Sq, Boston, 1920.
Elm Street, Scollay Sq, Boston, 1920.

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RIGBY BEST PRE WAR DOUBLE RIFLE 22 SAVAGE HI POWER
RIGBY BEST PRE WAR DOUBLE RIFLE 22 SAVAGE HI POWER

RIGBY BEST PRE WAR DOUBLE RIFLE 22 SAVAGE HI POWER: SIDELOCK EJECTOR 24″ BARRELS WITH 1/4 RIB ONE STANDING SIGHT GREAT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER PISTOL GRIP SPLINTER FOREARM EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION MAKERS CASE WITH ACCESORIES 7LB 6 OZ X 14 7/8. Price: $79,500.00

“LeFever” JA Prechtel Ornately Engraved High Grade Gun, 10 & 12 gauge Set: 10ga. Steel Barrels 29”, Cyl/Cyl, with 3” chambers, marked JA Prechtel Maker Clevland Ohio / Made for Dr. EJ Cuttler on rib, 12ga. Damascus barrels 30” F/F with 2 ¾” chambers, marked J Weston on rib – pistol grip stock with a hard rubber butt plate, Double triggers, splinter forend, solid ribs, extractors. Not marked Lefever and there is no serial number but it is obviously a Lefever, thumb lever opening, high grade gun with beautiful ornate engraving, very unique with two sets of barrels and two gauges one Damascus and one steel, this is a great gun that is untouched unmolested, ready for immediate delivery. 14” x 1 3/4”x 3 1/4”. 8lb. 9oz.(12ga)   8lb. 15.5oz.(10ga). Price: $7,995

"LeFever" Ornately Engraved High Grade Gun, 10 & 12 gauge Set
“LeFever” Ornately Engraved High Grade Gun, 10 & 12 gauge Set
L C Smith, Hunter Arms, A1 Grade, 12 Gauge, Damascus Gorgeous
L C Smith, Hunter Arms, A1 Grade, 12 Gauge, Damascus Gorgeous

L C Smith, Hunter Arms, A1 Grade, 12 Gauge, Damascus Gorgeous: 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS, FULL & FULL, PERFECT MIRROR BORES, FINE DAMASCUS PATTERN.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING – DOGS ON POINT, FINE SCROLLWORK, INTRICATE BORDERS, PAIR OF QUAIL ON THE TRIGGER GUARD.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, EXTREMELY FINE CHECKERING, NICELY FIGURED ENGLISH WALNUT, ORIGINAL BUTTPLATE.  MADE IN 1895, GORGEOUS GUN.  Price: $7,500.00

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun: 30”bbls, Nitro Proofed 3 Tons Per Square Inch, IC & Full chokes, 2 ½” chambers. Double triggers, ejectors, English stock, splinter forend. 15” LOP to plate. 7lbs. Price: $3,799.99

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun:
Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun
RIGBY BEST PRE WAR DOUBLE RIFLE 22 SAVAGE HI POWER
RIGBY BEST PRE WAR DOUBLE RIFLE 22 SAVAGE HI POWER

BERETTA 627EL Sport – 12ga – 28″ – Briley Chokes – English Stock: 1985 – Beretta 627EL Sport – 12ga, 28″, 2-3/4″, Briley Chokes, English Stock, Single Trigger, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2″, Weight 6 lbs. 14 oz. Overall Excellent Condition. This is a “Y” gun – indicating it has been back to Beretta for some reason. The barrels have been reblued. The gun is mechanically very nice. Lever over to right. Barrels ring like a church bell. Includes: Eight (8) Briley Chokes (CYL, CYL, IC, IC, LM, M, IM, F) and Briley Wrench. Price: $2,750.00

Wow- Is this a super rare Dangerfield-Nichols-Lefever American drilling?

12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever

Daniel Myron Lefever was one of the geniuses of American gunmaking. Judging by the number of partnerships and businesses he formed in his career, he must have been mercurial, too.

Born in 1835, Uncle Dan started making firearms under his own name in 1857. Around 1871-1872, he was involved with a guy named Francis Dangerfield of Auburn NY. Then in 1876 Lefever partnerd up with a guy names John Nichols. This association was also short lived. By 1879, it was over and Lefever was back to making guns under his own name.

12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever

The gun you see must have been made during one of Lefevers association with Danagerfield or Nichols, or maybe right after these partnerships dissolved. Even though it doesn’t carries a maker’s name, it’s built with Dangerfield and Lefever patents, and it looks like the hammerguns made by Nichols & Lefever.

Whatever it is, it’s beautifully made, and it looks very original. Here’s more about it from the seller:

12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever

12 gauge, 38/55 Ballard. Possibly made by Dangerfield/Nichols/Lefever: This is a no name, no proof marks, no letters or numbers of any kind on the gun to suggest it was made in Europe. You can see from the pictures that the gun was built by an artist. It is a side by side 12 gauge with 2 and 9/16 chambers over a 38-55 Ballard rifle barrel. I have had a myriad of experts look at the gun and about the only thing they agree on is it was made in America around 1870 to 1880. The fixture on the barrel that holds the forend on is a Dan L., 1878 patent, #205193. Also identified is a 1872 Dangerfield patent, #130984.

12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever

Keep in mind these are not marked on the gun but rather identified by the experts, hence the patent dates and numbers were provided to me. The gun appears to have been shot very little. The reversed trigger not only cocks the hammerless rifle barrel but it also activates and creates a set trigger out of the left shotgun trigger but only when in the rifle mode. The removable gizmo on the end of the barrels is called a false muzzle, the purpose of which was to satisfy the wisdom of those days that the rifle would be more accurate if the rifling were engraved on the bullet before firing. The bullet was pushed/tapped down the barrel with a pre measured wooden dowel to a waiting primed and loaded case with just a thin wad to hold the powder. I can say with confidence that no one who has seen this gun has ever seen a gun of this quality with no markings. If you have I would like to hear from you. Price: $15,000.00

12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge - 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever
12 gauge – 38-55 Ballard Drilling, possibly made by Dangerfield-Lefever

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Holland & Holland Royal Express Double Rifle in 375 Ex
Holland & Holland Royal Express Double Rifle in 375 Ex. Is that finish original?

I was raised on gunshops and gunshows – rows of beat up guns, surly guys, rusty junk, and every now and then an OK double.  Today, most of my firearms shopping happens online, and it’s amazing how many nice shotguns I can see.

To date, I’m sure I’ve read over a million listings for side-by-side, double rifles, and over unders. (I need a more productive hobby) One of the thing I’ve learned: What a listing doesn’t say is more important than what it does say. A lot of sellers leave out important stuff. Sometimes these omissions are subtle, but significant.

These listings are a good examples of this phenomenon. Even though they say a lot, there’s one word  they don’t mention (even though one of them bounces all around it). Can you guess the word?

Holland & Holland Royal Express Rifle in .375EX: Barrel finish slightly faded and some wear; case color has some wear at edges; scope finish has handling marks. Wood has some minor dings and marks; overall very good. 26″ bbls, 2 1/2″ chambers. Bright; strong rifling. Oil finished walnut stock with raised cheek piece and checkered pistol grip; case colored engraved grip cap with trapdoor. 9 lbs 13 ozs with scope. Changeable front blade with 3 leaf express rear/ Voigtlander scope on quick disconnect. Factory leather bound case and accessories; compartment in pistol grip contains 2 extra firing pins and extra front sight and screw. 15 1/2 LOP. Price: $29,999.00

Boss Best 16g: #65XX: 27″ 003 AND 009. Self opener, Double trigger, Splinter forearm, English grip, Excellent condition in maker’s case. 5lbs 15oz. 2 3/8 X 14 1/4 overall including 1/2″ pad and 1/2″ spacer. Price: $65,000

A.H. Fox A Grade, 16ga:  28” barrels choked M/IM.  Chromox Barrels, Philadelphia PA gun, 100% new and unfired.  Large bold engraving. Capped pistol grip, butt plate, splinter forend. 100% case color, 100% barrel blue and 100% wood finish. A perfect example. Price: $6,995

The word’s ORIGINAL Is its omission a big deal? Probably not, especially if the seller is willing to confirm it in writing. But if the seller balks…well, that would make me worry.

This week’s good shotguns: powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Holland & Holland .500BPE Double Rifle
Holland & Holland .500BPE Double Rifle

HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE .500 3 1/4″: 27″ steel barrels, ramp front sight with folding night sight. Two leaf rear express sight. Lightly engraved back action locks and rebounding hammers. Stock dimensions LOP: 14 1/2″ Comb: 1 1/2″ Heel: 2 1/4″ Weight: 9lbs 2oz. Super untouched original barrel blue. The action and locks are lightly engraved and retain areas of casehardening with the remainder fading to a pleasing mottled gray. Mint bores and tight action. Beautiful wood and checkering. Left side of the receiver engraved “CHARGE 5 DRAMS, CASE 3 1/4 INCHES”. Price: 12,500

12 gauge A.H. Fox XE grade Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge A.H. Fox XE grade Double Barrel Shotgun

1916 Ansley H. Fox XE Grade 12ga: Serial # 23670, Made in 1916, Philadelphia, PA. This gun is in +95% Condition. Hand Engraving. This gun is a fine piece of American craftsmanship. This gun has been shot very little. 2 5/8” chambers, 28” bbls, Full & Mod, Chromox steel, #4 weight, 13 ¾” X 1 5/8” x 2 ¾”, 6lbs 13oz. Price: $11,995.00

12 gauge Churchill Double Barrel. Side-by-Side Shotgun
12 gauge Churchill Double Barrel. Side-by-Side Shotgun

CHURCHILL REGAL XXV ORIGINAL CASE: 12g Boxlock Ejectors: Nice original cased Churchill XXV Regal. 25” bbls. This Churchill is in very good condition and with a 59xx serial number is an early 30’s gun. Nice dimensions on a straight grip DAC 1 ½ X DAH 2 ¼ X LOP 14 to end of pad, with a 5/8 cast off for a right handed shooter. 6lbs. Priced to sell $3975.00.

16 gauge D.M. Lefever, #7 Grade, Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D.M. Lefever, #7 Grade, Double Barrel Shotgun

DM LEFEVER #7 GRADE 16 GAUGE: 28″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION THE WOOD IS PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED 6LB 6 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 3/4 X 13 FROM REAR SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $7,500.00

16 gauge Darne Halifax Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Darne Halifax Double Barrel Shotgun

Darne Halifax 16 Gauge: Retains most of the case color on the action with blue in similar condition. 25 ½” bbls, 2 ½” chambers, double triggers, straight stock, 14 1/8″ LOP. 1 3/4″ DAC. 2 5/8″ DAH. 1/4″ cast on (for left-handed shooter), Price: $1,499.99

 

 

Shooting a rare Purdey double rifle…

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle
Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

Here’s an as-good-as-it-gets, best quality James Purdey & Sons double rife. Of the 30,000+ firearms that Purdey has made, fewer than 400 of them have been hammerless double rifles.

The one you see here is .303, snap-action underlever, made on a Beesley action and in excellent original condition.

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle
Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

 

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle
Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

Super rare Dickson Double Rifle brings big $$$$$….

Last week I put up this post about a rare Dickson Round Action double rifle. It went off at auction on Saturday, 10/6, and the hammer price blew away the pre-sale estimate. The Dickson hammered down at $23,700 vs. a pre-sale estimate of $6-8,000.

Dickson Round Action Double Rifle
Dickson Round Action Double Rifle

I was told that Dickson made fewer than 20 round action double rifles. That kind of scarcity, plus this examples good looking condition, are certainly the reason behind it’s high price. Here’s the info on the gun from the auctioneer:

John Dickson & Son side by side top lever double-barrel Express rifle, .500 cal., London and black powder proof barrels with ejectors, a highly scroll engraved receiver, trigger guard, lever and tang, a gold-filled safe indicator, a right-handed English walnut stock with a cheek rest, a pistol grip with checkering to the wrist and fore end and a brass escutcheon on the butt stock, serial #4655, 28″ barrels.

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A new feature. Each day I’m going to post the top new double-barrel shotguns and side-by-sides from GunsInternational.com.  I hope this makes it easier for folks to find a nice gun. Just looking is always fun, too.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS – BEST QUALITY 20 ga
Price: $50,000.00

A. H. Fox CE 12 Ga
Price: $6,500.00

Luciano Bosis 12 ga
Price: $20,000.00

PARKER DHE TRAP 12 GAUGE
Price: $9,950.00

W.C.Scott with classic crystal windows!
Price: $7,000.00

AH FOX CE 12 GAUGE
Price: $4,195.00

AH FOX AE 12 GAUGE
Price: $3,500.00

WESTLEY RICHARDS – OVUNDO – 12 GA
Price: $18,000.00

E. J. CHURCHILL BY GRIFFIN & HOWE 12 Gauge
Price: $5,300.00

PARKER BROS. GHE 12 GA. -BEAVERTAIL – 30″ BLS.
Price: $3,650.00

Savage Fox Sterlingworth 12GA — with ejectors!
Price: $650.00

J.P. Sauer & Sohn 12 Gauge Double Barrel SxS
Price: $900.00

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