This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS
Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS

Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS: 29 1/2″ Chokes: Mod/Full L.O.P. : 14 7/8″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 5 lbs 12 oz Ser. #: A033. Price: $18,900

W.C.SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE
W. & C. SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE

W. & C. SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE: 32″  DAMASCUS BARRELS GREAT BORES, 2 7/8″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR, VINTAGE ENGLISH CASE, 9LBS 11 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition! for sale
Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition! for sale

Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition: Rarely do we find early damascus guns in incredible condition. Most of the high condition Parkers are in the 175k SN range and newer. When you study a gun like this DH, you can see why Parker sold 240k guns. They made really beautiful firearms.

This particular gun is in the 82k SN range and made on a 1-1/2 frame. It has 28″ Damascus barrels with brilliant pattern, virtually all of which remains in pristine condition. The bores are brilliant and shiny. Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors. The action is engraved in typical early DH pattern and retains more than 80% bold original case color. Stocks retain nearly all of their original finish. The quality of the wood on this gun cannot be overstated. The original skeleton buttplate retains more than 1/2 of the original blued finish as does the trigger guard.

Technical details: Right barrel- .731 with .025 Choke, Left Barrel .731 with .037 choke. Weight: 7lbs 5oz. 2-5/8″ chambers. LOP- 14″ to original skeleton BP. DAC 1-7/8″. DAH 3-1/8″

If you have ever wanted a truly high original condition early Damascus Parker, look no further. It would take a lifetime of searching to improve on the overall quality and condition of this fine early Parker. Price: $8395

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc
Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Fox, Year 1938, 20 Gauge, 5lb 14oz, Chokes M/F, LOP 14 1/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 9/16″. Serial Number: 203917. Many gun lovers reading this ad regularly scour the internet for good deals on Fox shotguns.  One thing for certain; the availability of graded 20ga. Fox shotguns has dwindled to nearly zero.  Shooter/collectors have recognized the Fox 16ga. and 20ga. guns are the most well balanced, lightest weight, best handling guns of all the vintage American doubles.  It is also known that they have the simplest, most reliable actions as well.  They only made about 2400 A Grade 20ga. Fox guns, with likely less than 2000 remaining in action due to loss and damage. This little Fox A Grade, sn203917 produced in 1938, is an awesome find.  First, it is a factory English style grip, which is very rare (less than 10% made with English grip, or 240 guns).  The handling characteristics and aesthetics of an English grip little Fox is as close as an American double gun will come to being comparable to the finest English makers.  This gun weighs just 5lbs. 14oz. and balances dead on the hinge pin…it seems to float to your shoulder and balances perfectly in hand.  Next, the wood on the gun has much more figure than you will normally find on and A Grade Fox, and we all love nice wood!  Then we have this beautiful condition and pleasing patina to this gun, with 65% bright vivid factory case color, perfect screws, superb wood to metal fit, modern dimensions with the original butt plate…all these things add up to a superior vintage Fox gun.  The factory order card shows the gun “as shipped”; even the chokes and chambers are unaltered since leaving the factory.  Due to damage, loss, poor restorations, etc. there are only a few genuine, honest, factory correct, high-condition straight stocked Fox A Grade 20ga. guns left in the world, and the guys that own them are not likely to be selling them soon.  This Fox has perfect mechanics, excellent bores, and is tight as new on breech face and hinge pin.  THIS IS A “VFI CERTIFIED” GUN, meaning we stripped the forend iron and receiver to the smallest parts, ran it through the Ultrasonic cleaner, inspected all parts for integrity and function, then lubricated and reassembled (a $275 service!). VFI CERTIFIED guns carry a 90-day mechanical warranty. It is hard enough to find a decent A Grade 20ga. nowadays, let alone with a well figured English stock. Don’t let this one escape you. It will be a long time until another Fox A Grade 20 this nice is offered for sale. It will continue to gain value as you enjoy its use, so it is a grand investment tool for your hard-earned funds. Thanks for looking! Price: $6,450

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28" bbls
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28″ bbls

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28″ bbls: Chambers: 3″, Metal Condition: Excellent , Wood Condition: Very good with light handling marks, Bore Condition: Bright, Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Single select trigger , Stock: Checkered walnut, Stock Dimensions: 14.75″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut, Butt Pad: Rubber recoil pad, Weight: 6lbs 2ozs, Sights: Front bead, Chokes: Modified and Full, Extras: Comes with case. Item Location: Cabela’s. Fort Worth, TX. Price: $1,399.99

Auction alert: Real nice 12g W & C Scott hammer shotgun …

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Back in the ’90s, most hammer guns were curiosities few people were interested in. But thanks to magazines like The Doublegun Journal and organizations like The Vintagers, these old SxSs became the must-have doubles everyone wanted. Old ones that wouldn’t have brought $500 in 1995 were selling for $2,500 by 2005.

As a result, gun dealers grabbed every hammer gun they could find, slapped a high price on it, and made money. So today harder than ever to find nice, original hammer guns at decent prices. That being said, the W & C Scott sidelock SxS hammergun you see here appears to just that – nice, original and, because it’s a no-reserve auction, fairly priced.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

When this gun was made, W & C Scott’s best-quality gun was The Premier Gun. This isn’t a Premier. Instead, it’s a high-quality, hand built, medium-grade gun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends on 8/30/2018 @ 9:31 PM, EST.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Beautiful W&C Scott Sidelock Double that was was manufactured at the Birmingham works in 1878 for retail through Scott’s London storefront. A bespoke piece with features, dimensions and appointments tailored to order, the gun features 30″, twin-beaded, browned Damascus barrels joined by a solid rib, manual extractor, wonderfully figured English Walnut pistol grip stock capped with a checkered buttplate of horn, and embellishment in the form of 70% engraving coverage. Brilliantly performed by one of the era’s finest artists, the engraving consists of classic, English vine-and-scroll highlighted by a Spaniel and Setter on either flank, each dog chasing an egret and a pheasant, respectively. The engraving extends to both the barrel and bolsters, while the blued trigger guard is adorned with a matching game bird. Wonderfully finished and in a remarkable state of preservation, the gun has seen no restoration, refinish or refreshing, with unfaded engraving, vivid Damascus star patterns on the barrel, while the receiver is awash in original case color. A wonderful find for the discriminating enthusiast, this Scott undoubtedly saw regular use followed by intervals of maintenance, likely by the original maker. Appearing ready for the field for decades to come, the gun locks up tightly, exhibits

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

bits superior balance and both bores are pristine. A true classic from a British icon, this all-original early W&C Scott Sidelock would be an outstanding addition to any advanced collection.

 

Condition

Very fine, the gun has seen no refinish, and retains better than 70% naturally softening case color on the frame and hammers, with the areas of selected bluing displaying almost no finish loss apart from subtle fading. The barrels have largely turned to a brown-tinged steel patina with 70% Damascus pattern. There is light oxidation along the outside of the barrels with rubbing around the muzzle-no rust or pitting is present on any metal surface. The markings are correct, with matching numbers on all components and no fading of the engraving. No import or export mark is present and the gun has not been reproved. The furniture shows light, consistent wear to the checkering and no cracks, chips, sanding or refreshing. Mechanically excellent, both bores are on the face, lockup is tight and the action is impressive. The bores are outstanding-clean and bright with no rust, pitting or oxidation.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

This week’s 5 great guns…

FRANCOTTE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EAGLE GRADE SXS DOUBLE RIFLE .22 WRF
FRANCOTTE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EAGLE GRADE SXS DOUBLE RIFLE .22 WRF

FRANCOTTE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EAGLE GRADE SXS DOUBLE RIFLE .22 WRF:
ONE OF A KIND, 21″ BARREL WITH QUARTER RIB SIGHT, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE
4LBS 12 OZ X 14″ LOP. Price: $59,500

 

DICKSON 12 ROUND ACTION- ALMOST LIKE BUYING a NEW VINTAGE DICKSON- COMPLETELY REBUILT by DAVID McKAY BROWN- NEW 28" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 2001
DICKSON 12 ROUND ACTION- ALMOST LIKE BUYING a NEW VINTAGE DICKSON- COMPLETELY REBUILT by DAVID McKAY BROWN- NEW 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 2001

DICKSON 12 ROUND ACTION- ALMOST LIKE BUYING a NEW VINTAGE DICKSON- COMPLETELY REBUILT by DAVID McKAY BROWN- NEW 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 2001:
#4915, John Dickson & Son, Edinburgh: A Total David McKay Brown Rebuilt 12 Bore Round Action Dickson Made in 1899, it now has a new 2001 set of 28″ barrels by David McKay Brown that are Ejector Best Quality Chopper Lump at .725 .016 & .024″ (Skt.II & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness .029″ on both barrels, Rib extension third bite, London Proved in 2001 at 850 BAR, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/4″ over a checkered butt, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 6 lbs. 7 oz., Very nice wood that was stocked by McKay Brown about 45 years ago which include a new forend at the time and lettered by McKay Brown, 99% of period scroll engraving with a slight bit of Celtic engraving on the trigger plate, 99% case colors and lettered by McKay Brown and all necessary parts re-hardened, 98% blue remains on the barrels with David McKay Brown’s name and address on the top barrel rib, The wood finish remains at 96%, The checkering at 100%, The barrels inside and out remain as new from 2001, The engraving was cut up where necessary by Brown and it was regulated and live tested as they do with their new guns. All information was lettered by David McKay Brown Gunmakers. The whole is cased in a well-kept leather trunk with a true vintage trade label. This piece is nearly like buying a new Round Action done by Brown. The round action was born in Scotland in 1887 and remains alive in the 21st century from the very capable hands of Mr. David McKay Brown. Price: $29,750

Piotti King 1 - 20 Gauge - Sidelock - Double Barrel - Side by Side Shotgun
Piotti King 1 – 20 Gauge – Sidelock – Double Barrel – Side by Side Shotgun

Piotti King 1 – 20 Gauge – Sidelock – Double Barrel – Side by Side ShotgunGORGEOUS IN EVERY ASPECT AND TIGHT AS NEW!! Price: $19,995 

  • 14 3/8″ LOP
  • 6 lbs 6 ozs
  • Slight cast for right  handed shooter
  • Single Trigger
  • Ejectors
  • Crest Upgrade
  • Exhibition wood
  • 27″ barrels
  • IC/Mod
  • Straight grip
  • Splinter forend
  • Cased/Leather/with some accessories

LC Smith 3E 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun. Price: $3,950.00
Serial Number: 202xxx

LC Smith 3E 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
LC Smith 3E 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 32 inches
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Plate
LOP: 14 1/8 inches
Weight: 8 lbs.

 

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12GA EJECTOR SXS BOXLOCK DOUBLE
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12GA EJECTOR SXS BOXLOCK DOUBLE

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12GA EJECTOR SXS BOXLOCK DOUBLEDOUBLE TRIGGER LONDON ADDRESS. BARREL LENGTH 30″ CHOKE RIGHT BARREL IMPROVED CYLINDER LEFT BARREL FULL CHOKE. FACTORY ORIGINAL BLUE WITH SOME LOSS DUE TO HANDLING. CASE COLORS ON FOREARM IRON AND SOME REMAIN ON RECEIVER. NICE SHARP ENGRAVING OF ACTION AND BARREL LUG. STOCK HAS BEEN REFINISHED  FACTORY CHECKERING HAS NOT BEEN REDONE AND REMAINS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.  SILVERS PAD HAS BEEN ADDED. LOP 14 1/2 DRAC 1 1/2″ DAC 2 1/2″ WEIGHT 7 LBS 2 OZ  BARRELS LOCK TIGHT TO FACE WITH FOREARM REMOVED. BORES ARE EXCELLENT NO RUST OR PITTING  AND NO DINGS. CHAMBER LENGTH 2 5/8″. Price: $1,595

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W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH GREAT ORIGINAL PATTERN 016 AND 034  CHOKES 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS BLACK POWDER PROOFED DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR 7LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 5/8″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $16,500

JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN – CIRCA 1796 – In Manton BooksA Cased 16-Bore D.B. Flintlock Sporting Gun by John Manton, London, Serial No. 2696, Circa 1796 Beautiful damascus 34″/85cm barrels signed with maker’s name “MANTON – LONDON” in gold on the sunken rib with silver foresight. London proof marks. Case-hardened patent breeches each with two engraved gold lines and gold-lined touch-hole, grooved tang finely engraved with scrolls, flowers, and foliage, signed flat beveled locks each with stepped tail, blued steel-spring, roller bearing on a ramp, and gold-lined semi-rainproof pan, the internal working parts retaining much of their original blue.

JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN - CIRCA 1796
JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN – CIRCA 1796

Nicely figured walnut half-stock, chequered grip, raised cheek-piece, finely engraved iron mounts including scroll trigger-guard, the tang of the butt-plate with a dog and bird, trigger-plate with large pineapple finial, silver escutcheon engraved with owner’s initial ‘A’, a star and crescent above, silver barrel-bolt escutcheons, and brass-mounted ramrod. Cased in associated re-lined and refitted mahogany case with some accessories, the exterior of the lid with large circular escutcheon incorporating the flush-fitting carrying handle. Accessories include double sided single charge brass powder flask and pigskin flint roll-up pouch. Price: $16,500

PARKER BROS VH 28ga SXS Shotgun, 28" barrels, Mfg 1912
PARKER BROS VH 28ga SXS Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mfg 1912

PARKER BROS VH 28ga SxS Shotgun, 28″ bbls, Mfg 1912: Price: $12,900

Serial #  158698
Choke R  F (.029)
Choke L  F (.029)
Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Dogs head buttplate
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Other Options  “0” Frame, 2 1/2″ chambers, Vulcan steel barrels, Shield in toe of stock, Factory letter
Condition  EXC. Condition
Weight  5#13oz
Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 with 0 cast

DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE29″ 007 AND 016 2  3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 7LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $9,950

PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28″ BBLS28″ CYLINDER AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF CASE COLOR 4LBS 15 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″.  Price: $8,500

PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28" BBLS
PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28″ BBLS

The other W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo SxS shotgun…

W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo B SxS Shotgun, from LeroyMerz.com
W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo B SxS Shotgun, from LeroyMerz.com

From the 19th century and up until the 1950s, W. & C. Scott was one of the world’s largest gunmakers. From factories in Birmingham and the UK, they built shotguns, pistols, and rifles which were shipped throughout the world.

For decades, America was one of the biggest market for Scott’s shotguns and the Monte Carlo B was one of their most popular models. First offered in 1891 as just the Monte Carlo (I believe this is one), this shotgun was named after the famous pigeon shooting events in Monte Carlo. Initially, it was the company’s least expensive sidelock and built to “…meet the want of a good English-built gun, at a moderate price. Over time, the Monte Carlo B became more of mid-grade guns for the company, and it was offered up until WW2 and maybe into the 1950s.

W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo B SxS Shotgun, from LeroyMerz.com
W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo B SxS Shotgun, from LeroyMerz.com

A few years after the Monte Carlo was first introduced in 1891, W. & C. Scott split the model into two grades — the Monte Carlo A and the Monte Carlo B. I’ve seen lots of Monte Carlo Bs. The engraved pigeon on the lockplates are the give away. But this is very first Monte Carlo A I’ve com across. As you can see, it has a bit more engraving and finishing on the action. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same gun, just priced a little higher. Perhaps that’s why it was never very popular.

W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo shotguns, from William Read & Sons, Boston, catalog,
W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo shotguns, from William Read & Sons, Boston, catalog. In this listing, the Monte Carlo A is noted as being “the same gun but finer quality and engraving…”

W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo A Double Barrel 12 gauge ShotgunPrice: $4,650

Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Sidelock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 5/8 ”
Pad thickness: 1 ”
Type of butt: Rubber Pad
Drop comb: 1 3/4 ”
Drop heel: 3 5/8 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”
Weight: 6 lbs, 12 oz
Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored

W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo A SxS Shotgun, from GriffinHowe.com
W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo A SxS Shotgun, from GriffinHowe.com

Overall condition: Good
Stock condition: Good
Metal condition: Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Barrel info:
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 26 ”
Chokes: IC/F
Rib type: flat matte

W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo A SxS Shotgun, from GriffinHowe.com
W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo A SxS Shotgun, from GriffinHowe.com
W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo A SxS Shotgun, from GriffinHowe.com
W. & C. Scott Monte Carlo A SxS Shotgun, from GriffinHowe.com

Auction alert: 12 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier, 19th century…

W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun
W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun

Here’s one of my all time favorite shotguns. This 12g Scott Premier is on Gunbroker.com now. The listing ends today, 2/15/2016, @ 11:04:58 AM ET.

W. & C. Scott 12 ga. Premiere Grade SxS Shotgun: This fine Scott features beautiful Damascus barrels. Early hammerless sidelock non-ejector with crystal indicators, patent “Lever Grip Lock”, and “Block Safety”. Good 30″x2 5/8″ Damascus barrels, bores (Ic/F). Engraved action w. English scroll each lockplate. Good wood on this English sidelock. The gun is shootable, but slightly off the face. Widows peak on butt plate, full length trigger and Doll’s head 3rd fasterner Antique: Yes Manufacturer: W. & C. Scott Damascus 12 ga. with good barrels. Serial Number: 275XX Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 30 Barrel Type: Damascus Action: back action Gauge: 12 gauge Stock Comb: 1 7/8” Stock Heel: 2 ¾”.

A rare double rifle: A 30.06 sidelock by W. & C. Scott …

W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle
W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle

W. & C. Scott used to one of the UK’s biggest — and greatest — gunmakers. Founded in 1832 by brothers William and Charles Scott, it joined with P. Webley in 1897 to create Webley & Scott, and they retained the name W. & C. Scott for use on their finest firearms.

Up into the 20th century, W. & C. Scott and then Webley & Scott built thousands and thousands of shotguns in all sorts of grades and configurations. What they didn’t build a lot of were double rifles — or at least ones bearing the Webley & Scott or W. & C. Scott name.

W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle
W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle

So the one you see here is a pretty rare double. It looks like it’s an upper-middle grade sidelock made on a Rogers-patent action. When it was built, it was probably a couple steps down from Scott’s top gun: The Imperial Premier.

W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle: Double rifle family owed for three generation, unfired for the last fifty years. May be a one of the kind, made for America. Very Beautiful weapon Engraved in Excellant condition. Appears to be in unfired condition, no scratches. Price: $12,995

Model: .30 rimless
Serial Number: 13763
Caliber: .30 Rimless Gov. 1906

W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle
W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle

Bore: .30.06
Chambers: Two
Ejectors: Two
Condition: Fine
Metal Condition: Excellant
Wood Condition: Excellant
Bore Condition: Excellant
Barrels: Two
Barrel Type: Rifled
Action: Break
Triggers: Two
Stock Comb: 13 3/4″

W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle
W. & C. Scott 30.06 Sidelock SxS Double Rifle

Fore End: Wood
Butt Pad: Steel
Weight: 9 3/4lbs
Sights: Standard
Manufacture Date: 1920 Appx.
Engraving: Fully Engraved

A dream almost comes true …

12g W. & C. Scott Premier hammergun, bar in wood
12g W. & C. Scott Premier hammergun, bar in wood

I love old W. & C. Scotts, especially Premiers. They’re one of the apexes of gunmaking, and in their day, they were one of the finest guns made (and extremely expensive). Scott sold a lot of them to American shooters, and most of the ones you see on the market today are hammerless models like this one, and, occasionally, bar-action hammerguns like this.

But here’s a W & C Scott Premier hammergun unlike any others I’ve ever seen. It’s a 12g Premier hammergun built on a bar-in-wood style action. A few years ago, a dealer called Mid South advertised one of these. I wonder if it’s the same gun? Actually, I hope it’s not.

12g W. & C. Scott Premier hammergun, bar in wood
12g W. & C. Scott Premier hammergun, bar in wood

On this one, some knucklehead F-up the bbls. They’re cut, and the chambers have been lengthened. Other than that, it’s a stunning shotgun, and it looks like it’s in great shape. When I first saw it, I was on the phone right away. I had 1/2 the dealer’s number punched in before I read the part about the barrels. Then I hung up. That kind of shit is a deal killer for me.

BTW: A gunsmith friend of mine told me that a lot of the English bar-in-wood shotguns he has seen came out of the same shop in Birmingham – at least in the early stages. This includes bar-in-woods with famous names like James Purdey on them.

This guns looks like the some of the Purdey bar-in-woods I’ve seen. I wonder if it originated in this same place.

12g W. & C. Scott Premier hammergun, bar in wood
12g W. & C. Scott Premier hammergun, bar in wood

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W. & C. Scott "Victoria" grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic conditionW. & C. Scott "Victoria" grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition
W. & C. Scott “Victoria” grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition

W. & C. Scott “Victoria” grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition! Exquisite engraving and the Damascus pattern is fantastic. What else can I say. Well, I forgot to mention the stunning craftsmanship and hammers of the highest quality while the action has over 50% original case color remaining. Need I say more! I love this 16g. hammer gun.  Price: $6,200

 

Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICE!
Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICE!

Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICEYear 1920, 16 Gauge, 7lbs 4oz. This gun, sn330025 built in 1920 is a great example, with 97% vivid factory case color, 92% factory barrel blue, 98% factory trigger guard blue, and near new highly figured factory finished wood with beautiful flor-de-lis checkering.  This is a HIGH CONDITION FACTORY ORIGINAL GUN.  Even the jewelling at the breech face is still evident.  The only thing that seems to be altered since the gun left the factory are the chokes, as the gun is stamped “4 & 4″ which would indicate F/F chokes.  The 28” barrels are presently choked IC/M (.007/.017) with their double ivory beads and mirror bores.  This is a gun for heavy work, with minimum wall thickness of 36 thousandths and weighing 7 1/4lbs.  What a great sporting clays gun or pheasant gun for heavy loads!  Engraved by the famous Joseph Loy, with his trademark signature, the gun is near new in all ways, including being tight on breech face and hinge pin like a new gun.  This is a single trigger gun that still has the ornate factory butt plate and great stock dimensions.  A great investment in an American treasure.  Price: $5,250

Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger: A minty 28ga Parker repro with double triggers  splinter and a pistol grip  14 1/4 LOP to skeleton butt cased with snap caps. Price: $4,995

Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger
Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger
MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R
MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R

MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R: 26″ BARREL WITH 1/4 RIB SIGHT AND CLAW MOUNTS WITH NO RINGS DOUBLE SET TRIGGER EJECTORS 3 PIECE FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 8LBS 4 OZ X 14 LOP. Price: $4,950

Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector QualityParker GH, 12 Gauge. Serial No. 56625, circa 1889, It has 30″ Damascus steel barrels. The stock is PG, choked, RH Mod., LH Full. LOP is  14″, DAH 2.5″.Weight  7.5 lbs. Rare No. 1 frame.

Parker GH 12 - Damascus, Collector Quality
Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector Quality

Condition: 98% case colors, sharp engraving, screws are indexed correctly and doesn’t appear to have been dissaembled . The barrel pattern and finish are fine with some wear. I believe is has the original wood finish and checkering. The wood is proud of the receiver and the checkering has appropriate wear from carrying.The bores are smooth and clear.  An orginal Parker canvas gun case and a rosewood cleaning rod are included with the gun. The PGCA Letter is included. This is one of the nicest 12 gauge Parkers I’ve owned. It points and shoots exceptionally well. A nice piece for the trap range or the man cave. Price: $3,995

Parker GH 12 - Damascus, Collector Quality
Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector Quality

Wow – check out the condition on this 130-year old W. & C. Scott…

10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887

Here’s a stunning SxS shotgun. This 10 -gauge W.  & C. Scott is almost 130 years old and it looks like it’s close to new and all original:

W. C. Scott & Sons SXS 10 GA, 30″ barrels Full and Full 14″ LOP 9.8 pounds great bores nice tight lockup.

This shotgun is an  W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triplex, Scott’s B-grade hammerless double and one step down from The Premier, their best quality double. (Scott also made at least two back-action “Premier Extra Specials” during this time, but I don’t think that grade was ever officially offered by the company.) The color-case hardening is fantastic and I love the acorns chiseled on the locks and action. The brown on the bbls is great, too and so is the blueing (note: Those bbls were browned originally and never finished in black & white like some people believe). Check out the shape of the stock, too. Nobody makes stocks like that anymore.

Scott made back-action Excellentia’s from 1884 to 1888. I think this one was made in 1887. It’s on a Scott & Baker patent action and it has Scott & Baker patent gas checks, a version of Scott’s patent Triplex Lever Grip and Crystal Cocked Indicators and Needham & Hinton-patent Block Safety (intercepting sears) on the locks. What a gun.

If you have a Scott shotgun and are looking to find out more about it or sell it, please let me know. I would be happy to help you with it.

10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887

 

An amazing 10g W & C Scott Premier hammergun…

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES
SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES

Here’s one for my Gallery of Great Guns. This is a 10 gauge W & C Scott Premier-grade hammergun, made around 1878. James D. Julia Auctions had this gun in their Fall, 2008 sale. It sold for $13,800.As you can see, this Scott in spectacular original condition, with fantastic color case hardening and beautiful barrel browning. On top of its condition, it’s also in its original case – something that’s very hard to find on any gun that 100+ years old.

Back when this side-by-side was made, The Premier Quality was W & C Scott’s finest shotgun. It was also cutting edge, and it came with almost all of the company’s newest innovations: their patent toplever/action spindle, their patent takedown lever on the forend, their patent adjustable front lump on the barrels, and rebounding hammers. Centerfires were still new back in the 1870s, so whoever ordered this gun

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES
SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES: SN 10666. Cal. 10ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. Dbl trigger. 32″ Dove-tailed Damascus bbls are marked “Scott’s Patent Triplex. W & C Scott & Son. (THE PREMIER QUALITY) 10. GT. Castle Street. Regent. Circus. London” and have a triangle of scroll engraving on the extension of the smooth concave rib. Bbl flats have provisional and definitive black powder Birmingham proofs and are marked “10 B” “11 M” and “Not for Ball” and the left flat is marked “The Premier Gun.” Bottoms of the bbl are stamped w/ SN “10666″(1878). The front lump is fitted w/ Scott’s patented action tightening screw and is marked “USA Nov. 1-1870 Patent” The water table is marked “W.CS. S Patent Oct 65″ “2752″ in a rectangle, as well as, “W & C Scott & Son Makers”,”Patent Action” ,”The Premier Gun”, Scott castle logo, SN, and proofs. The action and lock plates have 85% coverage of beautifully executed scroll engraving. The serpentine hammers are nicely filed and scrolled engraved as well. Top lever is marked “W & C Scott & Son Patent”. Trigger guard has scroll, and is engraved “No.10666″. The well figured and streaked Circassian walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over a checkered horn butt plate and features drop points, horn grip cap, and a gold shield behind the top tang, as well as, 20 LPI borderless checkering. The splinter forend is fitted w/ Scott’s patent take down lever and is checkered to match the buttstock. Bore diameter: left -.777, right -.777. Bore restrictions: left -.027, right -.026. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.033. Drop at heel:2-7/8″, drop at comb:1-7/8″ . Weight:10 lbs 9oz. The original leather case has a green cloth interior, and original W & C Scott label marked w/ number “10666.” Case contains a leather wallet w/ 2 top lever springs, a 3-pc ebony cleaning rod w/ German silver furrels, cleaning brushes, and reloading tools to include rosewood capper and decapper by BGI, wad rammer by BGI, and roll crimping tool by James Dixon, and stuck case remover by J.L.Rawbone. There’s also a glass oil bottle w/ pewter top and a reproduction W & C Scott paper label. PROVENANCE: Notes from consignor detailing history of the gun.

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES
SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES

CONDITION: Extremely fine. BBls retain 97-98% orig Damascus finish w/ a few rub marks at muzzle, and breech, finish thinning in an area 9″ from the breech from handling. Bores are bright and shiny w/ minor pitting just in front of chamber in the right barrel. Action retains 95% orig brilliant case color, silvered on the action beads, and thinning on the outer area of the fences. Lock plates and hammers retain 98%+ of their brilliant case color. Trigger guard retains 40% orig case color mostly faded to silver. Top lever retains 97% orig blue. Screw slots are excellent. Top lever screws show use. Wood retains 98% of orig oil finish w/ very few minor handling marks. Without doubt as fine an example of a gun from this era that you will find. Consignor states that this gun took a gold medal in the “Concours d’Elegance” in Millbrook, NY in 2003. Case: Leather is dry, cracked and rubbed, w/ pieces missing on the front and rear edge. Interior partitions are good and tight. Accessories are excellent. 4-35486 MGM17 (11,000-15,000)

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James MacNaughton Skeleton Round Triggerplate "The Edinburgh", circa 1907
James MacNaughton Skeleton Round Triggerplate “The Edinburgh”, circa 1907

James MacNaughton Skeleton Round Triggerplate “The Edinburgh”, circa 1907: A very scarce skeleton (bar-in-wood) triggerplate round action from this famed Scottish maker having only approximately 100 ever being made, 12 bore, 2 1/2″ chambers, replacement 28″ fluid steel nitro proved at 3 Tons barrels by the makers in 1972 and choked .006 Skt. and .009 IC, smooth concave game rib engraved “James MacNaughton & Sons, Hanover Street, Edinburgh”, 14 3/4″ LOP over a leather pad, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH, 3/16″ cast off, 6 lbs. 12 oz., ejectors, double triggers, straight grip, splinter forend, automatic MacNaughton “lever” safety, later barrel cocking design with normal top lever length, typical top tang inspection plate and inspection plate screw with cutout, fine typical MacNaughton skeleton grape vine engraving pattern with “MacNaughton & Sons” engraved on both sides of action, triggerplate engraved to match action, originally no. 1 of a pair with “1” in gold inlay on top lever and barrel rib, highly figured European walnut stock, A&D push button forend release, stock gold oval engraved with a rather mystical animal head. Excellent condition gun that is tight and sound and without any cracks, a few spots of thin barrel blue, exceptional bores and walls on the newer barrels and ready for it’s next 100+ years of service.  These are very rare guns with MacNaughton making the most at about 100 and Dickson having made only about 12-15 skeleton round actions. Price: $24,950

Winchester Model 21 Skeet Grade Field gun in 16 gauge: With 28″ matted rib barrels and choked M&IM ( Chokes measure .012 & .020 ) Beautiful pistol grip stock with 14 1/4″ LOP over checkered butt . Hard grip cap. Beavertail forend . Single selective trigger, Auto ejectors. An outstanding model 21. Price: $7,995

Winchester Model 21 Skeet Grade Field gun in 16 gauge
Winchester Model 21 Skeet Grade Field gun in 16 gauge
W & C. Scott and Son 12g Premier grade double – barreled SxS shotgun
W & C. Scott and Son 12g Premier grade double – barreled SxS shotgun

W & C. Scott and Son 12g Premier grade double – barreled SxS shotgun: With patented crystal indicator windows. 12 gauge with two sets of original Damascus barrels remaining in near fine original condition . The first set of barrels measure 30” in length with 2 ½” chambers choked .20 for modified left and 0 for cylinder right. The second set measure 30” and are choked modified and modified and show almost no use with 95% to 98% bright original tobacco brown finish and serial numbered to match with near fine bores. The stock measures 14 ½” to the end of a English type pad and nearly 14 inches to the end of the wood. There is a 3 ¼ inch drop at the heel with a 2 inch drop at the comb. The wall thickness measures .26 left barrel and .33 right barrel. The barrels retain 90% to 95% of their original light brown finish with some minor scratches and just beginning slight aging. Approximately 95% of the Damascus pattern shows well and there is some very vivid tobacco colored brown finish remaining. The frame shows 85% to 90% case hardening that is just drifting and toning slightly. The action is profusely engraved with bank note scrolls and profuse game bird scenes. The gun locks tight and the bores are still bright. Price: $5,900.

ITHACA NID, GRADE FOUR 12 GAUGE, HEAVY FRAME 3" MAGNUM, 26 " BARRELS
ITHACA NID, GRADE FOUR 12 GAUGE, HEAVY FRAME 3″ MAGNUM, 26 ” BARRELS

ITHACA NID, GRADE FOUR 12 GAUGE, HEAVY FRAME 3″ MAGNUM, 26 ” BARRELS: EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, BRILEY STEEL SHOT CHOKE TUBES, FORCING CONES LENGTHENED. AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, TYPICAL ENGRAVING PATTERN, PHEASANT ON RIGHT, MALLARD ON LEFT, PLUS SCROLLWORK AND FINE BORDERS. STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, FINE FLEUR DI LIS CHECKERING, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, GOLD INLAY IN BUTTSTOCK. GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2″ X 13 3/4″, ORIGINAL ITHACA SUNBURST PAD. ITHACA PRODUCED A TOTAL OF 87 12 GAUGE HEAVY MAGNUMS, ONLY 14 GRADE FOURS WERE MADE. ALL ARE SERIAL NUMBERED OVER 500,000. 8 POUNDS 6 OUNCES. THE PERFECT WATERFOWL DOUBLE SHOTGUN. AN EXTREMELY RARE GUN. Price: $4,850

 

Charles Hellis & Sons Ltd. 121 & 123 Edgeware Road. Hyde Park. London W. 2" game gun built in 1939
Charles Hellis & Sons Ltd. 121 & 123 Edgeware Road. Hyde Park. London W. 2″ game gun built in 1939

Charles Hellis & Sons Ltd. 121 & 123 Edgeware Road. Hyde Park. London W. 2″ game gun built in 1939:  26″ Cyl/IC extractor barrels with makers name and adress and “FOR 2 INCH CASE ONLY” inlayed in platinum on the rib. Gun is totally in proof with original 2″ chambers. Bores measure .732 right and left. Choked .002 on the right and .008 on the left. Minimum wall thickness is .026  Reciever retains 60% original case colors with border engraving only. Barrels retain 96% blue with 60% blue on bottom of reciever and trigger guard. Stock and forend completely solid with some fairly nice figure in the buttstock. 14 1/2″ LOP to checkered butt. DAC 1 1/2″  DAH-2 3/8″   Checkering has been recut and a light refinish on buttstock and forend. This gun remains in excellent mechanical condition. It is tight and on face. Barrels ring like a chime. Weighs in at 5lb 9oz  These 2″ game guns are few and far between with many not in proof or in poor condition. This is a real gem for the avid woodcock or quail hunter. Price: $4695

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Arrieta Model 871 SxS 16 Gauge
Arrieta Model 871 SxS 16 Gauge

Arrieta Model 871 SxS 16 Gauge: Price:$4,229.99

Metal Condition: Excellent

Wood Condition: Excellent

Bore Condition:Bright And Shiny
Barrels:28″

Triggers: Double Trigger

Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″LOP And 13 1/4″LOP

Weight:6 lbs. 2 ozs.

W. C. Scott Premier Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun in 10 gauge
W. C. Scott Premier Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun in 10 gauge

W. C. Scott Premier Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun in 10 gauge: This is one of the highest grade Scott guns one could buy in the day and the quality shows in its fit, finish, engraving, fancy Damascus, and lockup and lock quality. All of the highest grade. Bores are bright with only a few shallow pits showing. 30″ Damascus bbls, Chokes .045, Extra full in both, 2 7/8″ Chambers, 8 lbs. 13 oz. Price: $2,200

Meriden high grade (M58?) SXS 12 gauge in excellent condition: Meriden SXS 12 gauge that seems to be a model 58. highly engraved and possibly unfired, Gorgeous condition with only minor handling marks on the butt stock. 30 inch barrels with mint bores. Meriden manufactured 12, 16, and 20 gauge sidelock double-barrel shotguns fitted with steel, laminated, twist, and Damascus barrels. Some of these guns were engraved by artisans who formerly worked for Parker (also located in Meriden) They made hammer and hammerless varieties and are sought after by collectors. The shotguns were well made and available in a variety of grades. All had automatic safeties and cocking indicators. Barrels could be had in twist, damascus of several grades, armory steel or Krupp steel. Hammerless or hammer shotguns with varying amounts of engraving were available. Price: $1795

Meriden high grade (M58?) SXS 12 gauge in excellent condition
Meriden high grade (M58?) SXS 12 gauge in excellent condition
Browning BSS SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
Browning BSS SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Browning BSS SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels: *Full/**Modified  This shotgun has the Standard Style (pistol grip) stock, a  14 1/4″ length of pull, 1 5/8″ drop at comb, and 2 1/2″ drop at heel.  There are some minor handling and use dings on the stock, and some discoloration as shown in the photos, but the checkering is crisp, and the gun locks up tight. Price: $1,199

20 Gauge side by side Miroku – Western Field: Very nice quality 20 gauge side by side, sold through western field as model 326 EMJ, made by Miroku. Full modified choke, double trigger extractor – bluing and wood showing some wear, action is very tight. Bore is excellent. Excellent quality for this gun at this price. Price: $340

20 Gauge side by side Miroku - Western Field
20 Gauge side by side Miroku – Western Field

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J. Purdey SxS Double Rifle:
J. Purdey SxS Double Rifle:

J. Purdey SxS Double Rifle: Underlever chambered for the 577-500 No. 2 BPE cartridge. Rifle was made in 1873 for E.H. Buxton. Weight 9 lbs 12 oz with 29 inch damascus barrels. Stunning pattern on barrels. Bores remain in excellent shape with very little minor pitting inside. Rifling is crisp and shiny. Has island back action locks with some case color remaining. Has beautiful sharp engraving. Underlever is the trigger guard and locks into lower tang. Action is tight on face. Stock is in excellent shape and may have been refinished at some time. Forend is tenion mounted. Perfect wood to metal fit. Price: $16,000

W & C Scott & Sons SLE, Bar Action 12 Ga
W & C Scott & Sons SLE, Bar Action 12 Ga

W & C Scott & Sons SLE, Bar Action 12 Ga: 1899 proof, 2 3/4” chambers, 30” barrels, right barrel bored .731, choked .003, left barrel bored .731 choked .020, flat matted rib, 14” length of pull to horn buttplate on round knob pistol grip stock, 1 5/8” drop at comb, 2 ” drop at heel, double triggers.  Monte Carlo original stock with tear drops, splinter forend with Deeley type latch, fine small English scrolled action, vacant gold oval, concealed third fastener, proofed for black powder, retains substantial color-hardening, barrel bluing beginning to wear, good wall thickness, excellent bores, all original. 7lbs 0oz. Price: $5000

BERETTA – Gallery Special – 686 Onyx – 20ga & 28ga Set – High Grade Wood – English Stock: Both Barrels 28″ Mobilchoke and Numbered 1 & 2 with 5 factory screw chokes each. English Stock, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/8″, Neutral Cast. Weight: – 20ga 6 lbs. – 28ga 6 lbs. 3 oz. Sold only through Beretta Gallery stores – Upgrade wood with oil finish and a stock oval. Schnabel forearm for each set of barrels. Original satin black finish at 98%, and original wood oil finish is at 98+%, bores are as new and the gun remains as tight as new. Price: $3,850

BERETTA - Gallery Special - 686 Onyx - 20ga & 28ga Set - High Grade Wood - English Stock
BERETTA – Gallery Special – 686 Onyx – 20ga & 28ga Set – High Grade Wood – English Stock
FN BELGIUM 12 SIDELOCK- 98% ENGRAVING with GROTESQUE GARGOYLES or DRAGONS- 1930- 30" EJECT CHOPPER LUMP
FN BELGIUM 12 SIDELOCK- 98% ENGRAVING with GROTESQUE GARGOYLES or DRAGONS- 1930- 30″ EJECT CHOPPER LUMP

FN BELGIUM 12 SIDELOCK- 98% ENGRAVING with GROTESQUE GARGOYLES or DRAGONS- 1930- 30″ EJECT CHOPPER LUMP: #160, Fabrique Nationale D’Armes De Guerre Herstal-Belgique: An FN Belgium 12 Bore Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Made in 1930, 30″ Ejector Chopper Lump barrels with a rib extension hidden third bite, .727 .008 & .023″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .033″ & the left .034″, Nitro proved in Belgium, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Excellent wood with very dark black/brown contrast, Straight hand stock at 15 1/8 x 1 5/16 x 2 5/16″ over a 1″ Decelerator, Cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs. 10 oz., This piece has 98% coverage of Renaissance style floral engraving with baroque and grotesque gargoyles or dragons, This is well cut engraving with a nice amount of cut relief, The barrels reblacked & now 99% blue, The wood has been reoiled and remains at 98%, The checkering is at 99%, The bores are excellent plus, It is on the face, The whole is cased in a leather trunk with a Lebeau trade label. The stock has a professional repair from the top tang to part way down the grip but it doesn’t go to the trigger guard. It is a start/stop crack and properly repaired. Price: $3,800

Webley & Scott 712 side-by-side 12 gauge shotgun: In excellent condition. Length of Pull:  14 1/2″. Barrel Length:  28″. Drop at Comb:  1 5/8″. Drop at Butt:  2 1/2″. 2 3/4″ chamber. Price: $3,500

 Webley & Scott 712 side-by-side 12 gauge shotgun
Webley & Scott 712 side-by-side 12 gauge shotgun

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WEBLEY & SCOTT BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE 250-3000
WEBLEY & SCOTT BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE 250-3000

WEBLEY & SCOTT BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE 250-3000: 28″ BARREL WITH A 5 LEAF 1/4 RIB EXPRESS SIGHT AND A RAMP FRONT SIGHT DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP MAKERS CASE A REAL TACK DRIVER EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 8LBS 6 OZ X 14 1/8 LOP. Price: $24,500

12 gauge Winchester Model 21 Trap Double Barrel Shotgun: 1940s guns, 12 gauge, 2 3/4″ chambers, 30″ barrels, ejectors. Straight-grip stock. Beavertail forend. Bright bore. 14 3/16 LOP to Winchester recoil pad; 1 7/16 DAC; 2 3/16 DAH. Full & Full, 8lbs. Single select trigger. Some wear to metal finish, some dents, dings, and impressions on wood. Price: $8999

12 gauge Winchester Model 21 Trap Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Winchester Model 21 Trap Double Barrel Shotgun
THIEME & SCHLEGELMILCH NIMROD SIDELOCK DRILLING - 12/12/WIN 30-30
THIEME & SCHLEGELMILCH NIMROD SIDELOCK DRILLING – 12/12/WIN 30-30

THIEME & SCHLEGELMILCH NIMROD SIDELOCK DRILLING – 12/12/WIN 30-30: Extremely rare Thieme & Schlegelmilch Nimrod Drilling. Best quality drilling made in Suhl, Germany in 1919. Original: claw mounts, claws and Busch scope. Unusual straight grip stock. Sharp engraving and excellent original case color. Barrels are 26 ¾” with shotgun barrels choked full and full. All barrels Nitro Proofed. Shotgun barrels are Excelsior Steel while rifle barrel is Bohler Steel. Rifle barrel in original Winchester  30/30 caliber. Excellent bores. Disc set strikers for shotgun barrels. Top tang safety and rifle engagement with three positions. Gun is tight on face with light use. Stock LOP is 14 ¾” with cast off. Provision for cheek riser (riser not included). Weight of gun is 8 LBS 2 1/8 OZ with scope. Price: $7,500

A.H. FOX A grade SXS 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial #200381. 26″ bbls. Chokes: Lt.M (.010) & Lt.M (.010). Double trigger. Round Knob Semi-PG grip, Splinter Forearm. Weight: 5lb, 13oz. Dimensions 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/8 with 1/4 cast off. Original butt plate. Phildelphia gun Price: $3,900

A.H. FOX A grade SXS 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. FOX A grade SXS 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN SUPERIOR GRADE SxS SHOTGUN DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN SUPERIOR GRADE SxS SHOTGUN DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

CHARLES DALY DOUBLE BARREL PRUSSIAN SUPERIOR GRADE SxS SHOTGUN: 12 ga. 30″ bbls. Choked full and mod. Damascus steel pattern. A few minor pitting but generally VG bores. Has the desirable crossed pistols motif under bbl indicating it is a Prussian made. Ejectors. Original wood in VG+ condition with nice sharp checkering. Circasian style walnut measuring 14-1/8″ to end of the pad. Receiver retains about 25% case colors. Bbl has about 60-70% . Nice Damascus pattern showing. Very nice all original gun. Crisp mechanical condition. Price: $2,750.

Auction alert: Awesome 8 gauge W. & C. Scott coming up 3/29…

W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels
W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels

I used to have a thing for 8 gauges. I wanted badly to find one, like a tick wants to find a deer. I even bought a pile of 8 gauge ammo in anticipation of owning one some day. If I were still interested in 8s, I would be salivating over this one. It looks like a awesome gun, in excellent, original condition. Amoskeag Auction Company has it, and they’re selling it on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Big guns like this were used to pass shoot ducks, geese, and swans, and in the 19th century they were common along the big flyways up and down the Eastern Seaboard. In the 20th century, they fell out of favor and were eventually outlawed by the Federal Government for use on all migratory species. Today, some states allow them for use on other game species (like turkeys), while other states have completely outlawed their use for hunting.

W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels
W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels

Lot #185: A Tremendous W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels: Serial #29486, 8 bore, 36″ damascus barrels choked about .020 in each with bright excellent bores, and 10 bore, 32 3/8″ damascus barrels choked improved cylinder in each having bright very good bores showing very faint frosting. This gun was originally made as an 8 bore and the 10 gauge barrels along with a new forearm were added by the maker at a later date and serial numbered to the gun. The 8 bore barrels exhibit some pattern turning mostly silver with scattered light oxidation spots and an area of pinprick pitting at the breech to the right side of the rib. The 10 bore barrels exhibit 70% of their original brown color displaying an area of pinprick pitting on the top about ten inches from the breech along with some scratches and dings. Both sets of barrels have the maker’s name and London address engraved on the top rib with matching engraved borders around the breech ends and rib extensions.

W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels
W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels

The frame, locks, and hammers all display various shades of case color, the locks retaining 80% with the balance of the metal surfaces showing a mix of brown, pewter, and spots of color. All of the metal has border engraving with the top lever indicating the maker’s “Patent”. The figured straight grip stock rates very good displaying a few dings and scratches over the original polished oil finish with some staining evident around the butt pad and the grip is finely checkered in a well executed full wrap-around pattern showing some soiling.

The original splinter forearm is attached via a cross pin and rates similarly to the stock with well defined lightly soiled checkering; it has a nicely carved decorative metal tip. The second splinter forearm accompanying the 10 bore barrels is about an inch shorter and has a later lever release. Its condition is similar with good lightly soiled checkering. An old distorted rubber recoil pad is present providing a length of 14 1/2″ and the gun features double rebounding hammers with extractors and weighs 15 lbs. This shotgun was made in 1878 and the extra barrels and forearm were added a short time later as Scott stopped using that type of forearm release in 1892. It remains in remarkable condition considering its age and use. Est: $6000-$8000

Auction alert: a real nice 12g W & C Scott hammergun…

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

Here’s another nice double barrel shotgun coming up tomorrow, 3/8, @ Poulin’s auction. It’s a W. & C Scott, with a ton of original condition and — amazingly — its original hang tag and case. W. & C Scott was founded in 1840 by brothers William & Charles, and their company went on to become one of the most important gunmakers in the world. In 1897, the firm merged with P. Webley to form Webley & Scott. Up until around WW2, Webley & Scott was one of the largest gunmakers in the world.

The side-by-side Scott you see here was made around 1885. It’s a mid-grade gun. Mid- and lower-grade doubles were usually used hard, so it’s incredible to see all the original color-case hardening, bbl brown, and oil finish. on this one. The gun is beautifully made, too. Just take a look through the pics at the bottom of this post to see what I mean.

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

The fact that this gun also comes with its original, handwritten hang tag and case with the dealer’s label is another plus. The gun was retailed by William Read & Son, Washington St, Boston, and I can’t believe both those items have made it through the last 129 years.

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

W & C SCOTT SxS HAMMER SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 1/2″. S# 36941. Bbls. 30″ Damascus steel. Fixed full & full chokes. Top rib marked “W&C Scott & Son. Makers & Patentees. London.” Case colored bar lock action with low style, rebounding circular hammers. Fine foliate scroll engraving featuring a swan on the left lock. Double triggers. Extractors. Splinter forend, with Scott-patent, pull down release lever. Round-knob stock of hand checkered fancy English walnut. LOP: 14 1/8″ over original checkered buttplate. DAC: 1 7/8″. DAH: 3 1/4″. Stock is cast off. Weight: 8 Lbs., 1 oz. Minimum wall thickness L. .040 & R. .040.

CONDITION: Bbls. retain 85% original brown finish having spots of light freckling & showing vivid Damascus pattern. Locks retain 90% original bright case colors with applied lacquer. Action retains 70% original bright case colors fading to patina in carry areas. Stock and forend have good original finish showing light wear with a few light marks & scratches. Very good, bright bores. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: original W.C. Scott & Son hang tag, numbered to gun, featuring original specifications. Upper right corner of tag missing. Original case with William Read & Sons trade label. Case in poor condition. ESTIMATE: $3000-4500

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

 

Original Hang Tag for 12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885
Original Hang Tag for 12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885

 

    Original case  for W. & C. Scott shotgun, provided by retailer
Original case for W. & C. Scott shotgun, provided by retailer

 

Original William Read & Sons case label for W. & C. Scott shotgun
Original William Read & Sons case label for W. & C. Scott shotgun

 

Auction alert: W & C Scott 8 gauge, Masquelier 28 gauge, Westley Richards 12 gauge and more…

W & C Scott & Son 8 bore Percussion Double Shotgun
W & C Scott & Son 8 bore Percussion Double Shotgun

Lot 69: Impressive W. & C. Scott & Son 8 bore Percussion Double Shotgun: 33″ damascus barrels with bright gray bores showing some pitting. The barrels display 80% of a smooth brown and silver pattern, more pronounced under the forestock, with increasing fading toward the muzzles. The rib is marked “London Fine Twist” and crisp proof marks are present under the forestock. The plain locks are marked with the maker’s name on both sides and exhibit 70% original case color with scattered specks of oxidation. The hammers show 30% color turning brown and the triggerguard with its extended front finial displays a brown and pewter patina. The straight grip stock rates very good exhibiting scattered scratches and minor dings over a darkened and dull original finish and displaying a well checkered grip which remains robust although with some soiling. There is a steel buttplate present turning brown providing a length of 14 3/8″ and a German silver monogram oval is inlaid into the toeline. In addition, the forestock is equipped with double cross pins mounted in German silver escutcheons. Four ramrod thimbles are mounted to the barrel, two under the forestock which facilitate the cross pins, holding what appears to be the original ebony ramrod with brass ram. This big bore shotgun was built in the late 1860’s, and considering that it was made for rough usage waterfowl hunting, remains in remarkable condition. Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

J. P. Sauer Prussian 20 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun
J. P. Sauer Prussian 20 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun

Lot 131: J. P. Sauer Prussian 20 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun: Serial #143338, 20 ga., 26″ matted rib Krupp steel barrels choked modified and improved modified with bright very good to excellent bores showing some very faint scattered pitting. The barrels retain 85 to 90% blue showing a few scattered rub marks and scratches with fading around the muzzles and breeches. The frame is embellished with some flourishes of scroll engraving and borders and exhibits 20% case color in protected areas with the remaining surfaces turning to bright pewter with brown highlights. The triggerguard is mottled silver although the top lever retains 70% blue. The round knob pistolgrip stock and splinter forearm rate good to very good exhibiting scattered minor dings and scratches, showing a small repaired chip in the toe, a minute hairline crack behind the top tang, and tiny chips in the left front edge of the forearm all over a drying oil finish. Checkering is well defined although soiled, the forearm pattern displaying a few impact marks. The forearm has a lever release showing some remaining blue and the buttstock has an older Jostam recoil pad fitted providing a length of 14 3/8″ and drops of 1 5/8″ at the comb, 2 3/4″ at the heel, and no cast and it weighs 5 lbs. 8 ozs. There is a German silver monogram oval mounted in the toeline and the gun features double triggers, extractors, and an automatic safety. This is a quality shotgun probably manufactured around WWI. The action is tight and functions fine. A great little bird gun. Estimate: $1,200 – $1,800

Masquelier Model 120 28 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun
Masquelier Model 120 28 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun

Lot 132: Masquelier Model 120 28 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun: Serial #60287, 28 ga., 31 3/4″ matted rib barrels choked modified and full with bright excellent bores showing one small spot of pinprick pitting just ahead of the left chamber. The barrels retain 97% blue displaying some fading around the muzzles and a couple of tiny oxidation specks under the forearm. Both barrels are marked with the maker’s name and city (Liege) and are border engraved at the breech. The frame is lightly embellished with engraved borders around the pins and along the bolsters and exhibits 95% vibrant case color with some fading along the edges and under the blued top lever. The triggerguard retains about 60% blue showing even wear and a few scratches. The round knob pistolgrip stock and splinter forearm rate very good to excellent displaying a few scratches and small dings over a strong varnish showing a little crazing. Checkering is done in a simple point pattern and remains robust but lightly soiled. The forearm has a push button release with case colored furniture and there is a thin grooved horn buttplate installed having a few dings providing a length of 15″ with drops of 1 3/8″ at the comb, 2 3/8″ at the heel and 1/4″ cast off. Sling swivels are affixed to the toeline of the stock and soldered to the under side of the barrels and the gun features double triggers, extractors, automatic safety, Greener cross bolt, and sideclips. Included is a European type leather sling and a Masquelier catalog. This is a very unusual shotgun in little used condition, obviously made for a large person and not one of those puny super light wonders which are hard to shoot. It would make an awesome dove or clays gun. Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

Westley Richards 12 Gauge Special Double Trap Double Ejectorgun
Westley Richards 12 Gauge Special Double Trap Double Ejectorgun

Lot 134: Westley Richards 12 Gauge Special Double Trap Double Ejectorgun: Serial #T11626, 12 ga., 28″ ventilated rib barrels choked full and full with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 90% blue showing some light scratches, rub marks under the forearm and patches of silver at the muzzle. The barrels are marked “Westley Richards” on the right tube and “London” on the left and the frame is embellished with light scroll engraving and stylized borders having banners on both sides with the maker’s name. It exhibits 80% case color with fading on the edges and the bottom plate retains about 90% blue with some staining on the lower left side. About 70% blue shows on the triggerguard, the edges and tang turning silver. The round knob pistolgrip stock rates very good to excellent displaying a few light handling marks and one small chip behind the top tang over a smooth rubbed oil finish. The beavertail forearm shows a few more marks and a hairline crack to the left back edge and one to the right front edge, both appearing stable, over the same smooth oil finish. Checkering is well executed in the English flat top style exhibiting light wear and impact marks with some soiling. There are nicely carved dropper points behind the stock shields and a gold monogram oval is inlaid into the toeline with the letters “D.W.V.” inscribed upon it in block letters. A Pachmayr rubber recoil pad has been fitted providing a length of 14″ with drops of 1 1/2″ at the comb, 2″ at the heel, and 1/4″ cast off. The gun is equipped with a Miller single non selective trigger, ejectors, and a non automatic safety. The action is tight and the mechanism functions well. A contemporary canvas trunk case is included with paper maker’s trade label, model specifications, and a Royal warrant all affixed to the inside of the lid. Also included are numerous documents relating to the lineage of the gun from Westley Richards to Abercrombie & Fitch to William Earle Umstattd, president of the Timkin Roller Bearing Company. Within this mix of information is an Authentication Certificate from Westley Richards along with a copy of the factory ledger, a Certificate of Inventory & Disposition and copy of the company inventory of 1951 from Griffin & Howe, and a brief family history of Mr. Umstattd. In addition, other miscellaneous papers including company letters and information are included. All in all, an interesting yet very practical well made shotgun for field, clays, or live pigeons. Estimate: $3,500 – $5,000

Worth a closer look: More nice shotguns coming up at Julia’s…

THEATE FRERES 28 GA. DOUBLE BARREL HAMMER SHOTGUN
THEATE FRERES 28 GA. DOUBLE BARREL HAMMER SHOTGUN

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.

Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

WILLIAM POWELL BAR IN WOOD 20 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
WILLIAM POWELL BAR IN WOOD 20 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

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.

Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

12 gauge W. & C. Scott Zephyr Lightweight Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge W. & C. Scott Zephyr Lightweight Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

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.

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

 

My 5 favorite doubles, powered by Gunsinternational.com…

W & C Scott Kinmount 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
W & C Scott Kinmount 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

Here they are, my five favorite doubles that popped up last week on Gunsinternational.com…

-W & C Scott Kinmount in 20 Gauge : a lot of gun for the money. Kinmounts were made between 1980-1985. This 20 gauge has 2 ¾” chambers, a straight grip, ejectors, modern dimensions (14″ LOP, 2 1/8″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC) and it’s cased. Fairly priced, but try and beat them down a bit (why not?)

James Purdey 450 x 3 1/4″ BPE Cased in vintage oak and leather:  Excellent bore and gun in very nice original condition. Ina vintage oak and leather case with label. This may be a step or two down from their Best quality. Regardless, it’s still classy and very cool. Probably 140+ years old.

L.C. Smith F-grade 12 gauge hammer shotgun
L.C. Smith F-grade 12 gauge hammer shotgun

-L C Smith Hammergun : a nice looking 12g F-grade with 28” fluid steel bbls and lots of original color. Two words: classic & American.

H. Barella Cape Gun 16 gauge/8x57JR combo:  Have you ever been walking home from your deer stand and flushed a grouse? This cape gun is just what you need. Perfect if you want to stand out at deer camp, too.

Boss & Co., 12 gauge side by side shotgun, late 1920s
Boss & Co., 12 gauge side by side shotgun, late 1920s

Boss & Co., side-by-side, 12g : A real nice double, made in the late ‘20s. 29” bbls, 6lb 8 oz , decent dimensions (2 1/4 X 1 3/8 X 14 1/8), in its original case. Expensive, but quality like this is worth it. Go ahead, blow the kids’s college fund.

Super Auction Alert: L.C. Smith 20g 2E, Parker 20g VH, W. & C. Scott & more…

L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors
L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors

Redding Auction is having this sale on  Sunday, November 4, @ 9:00 AM (PDF of guns).  There are handful of nice looking shotguns there, including these side-by-sides, as well as percussion fowler by Woodard & Co. and a Collath drilling.

Check out these hightlights:

Super nice & rare L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors

Parker Bros. – Mod. VH Grade – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels)

Fox – Mod. Sterlingworth – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/26” Barrels) – w/Double Triggers

Woodward & Co. – Percussion Heavy Bore Fowler – w/52 ½” Octagon to Round Barrel

Remington – Mod. 1873/75 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Damascus Barrels)

Ithaca Gun – Flues Model Grade 3 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Damascus Barrels)

Charles Daly – Mod. Prussian Lindner – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels) – w/Ejectors

WC Scott – “Monte Carlo B” Grade Sidelock (Antique) 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun

Tobin Arms – Mod. 30 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels)

W. Collath & Sohn – 2 Barrel Set German Drilling – 16ga. x 16ga. x 3.8 x 72R – 16ga. x 16ga. x 6.5 x 58R

Midland Gun Co. of Birmingham & London – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels)

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