Is this Ithaca 20 gauge double barrel really an NID Skeet?

20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun

The Ithaca Gun Company was one of America’s most fertile and successful gunmakers. From 1885 to 1936, they made 470,000+ double barrel shotguns, more than any other maker in America.

Of these, one of the hardest to find today is an original Ithaca NID Skeet gun, especially a 20 gauge. So if the gun you see here is one, it’s a very rare, and desirable, double.

The New Ithaca Double side-by-side (aka NID) — was introduced in 1926 and discontinued around 1948. The first Skeet models were offered in 1935. They came with a single triggers, ejectors, “SKEET” choking, a beavertail forend, and twin ivory beads. A vent rib and rubber recoil pad were optional.

20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun

This 20 gauge Ithaca does hase some of these standard features. The “cylinder” may be SKEET chokes. Even thought the straight-gripped stock looks skinny through the wrist, it may be original, too. The only way you’ll really know is to research the serial.

Unfortunately, this is going to be tough to do. As of today, this Ithaca was already sold and on its way to a new home. I wonder if its new owner knows what might have?

20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun

 

Good Gun Alert: another A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge, WInchester M21 20 gauge

A.H. Fox 20g CE grade double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox 20g CE grade double barrel shotgun

Here’s a quick alert on a couple double barrel shotguns I just came across. These guns are at Gunrunner Online Auctions and there are a few other nice side-by-side and over-unders there, too.

-An A.H. Fox CE Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun with 26″ steel barrels, . Serial #201055, mfg. 1918.

-Winchester Model 21 “Tournament Skeet”, 20 ga. side by side, 26″, mfg. 1936. Straight grip checkered stock with checkered butt. Single selective trigger. Ejectors.

UPDATE:  The Fox brought $7580, the M21 $6990.

Winchester Model 21 Tournament Skeet grade double barrel shotgun
Winchester Model 21 Tournament Skeet grade double barrel shotgu

Auction Alert–20g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland game…

Of all the guns A.H. Fox made the Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game is one of the hardest to find. For collectors, finding a Skeet & Upland Game double barrel shotgun is quite a discovery.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game, 20g, double barrel, side-by-side shotgun
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game, 20g, double barrel, side-by-side shotgun

Well, one in 20 gauge is coming up to auction tomorrow, 4/2, at Wright’s Auction in Newport, VT. I don’t know much about the gun, but it looks solid and clean. All the pics I have of the gun are below. I’m not sure how original the gun is, though. It’s hard to tell from the pics, but the blueing looks too good and the wood awfully clean. The same auction also has a 20 gauge RBL and some Winchesters.

Introduced in 1935, the Skeet & Upland Game was basically a lightweight, straight-gripped version of the regular Sterlingworth. It was offered in 12g, 16g, and 20, and all gauges had open choked, 26″ barrels. The guns also had pretty high stock dimensions, which makes them especially nice for shooters (unlike most Sterlingworths).

If you like Winchsester M21, be sure to check out the upcoming sale at South Bay Auction in East Moriches, L.I., NY. They have  Winchester M21 Skeet gun in20 gauge coming up on Saturday, April 9th. There are also some nice decoys there, all well as some nice antiques and sporting art.

More pics of the A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game:

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game, 20g, double barrel, side-by-side shotgun
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game, 20g, double barrel, side-by-side shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game, 20g, double barrel, side-by-side shotgun
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game, 20g, double barrel, side-by-side shotgun
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game, 20g, double barrel, side-by-side shotgun
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