March 11th & 12th Auction
An Extraordinary Success at $13.5 Million

Auction: March 11th & 12th, 2013

Preview: March 10th, 2013

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2000

PAIR OF NATIONAL ARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. SHORT BARREL IRON FRAME DERINGERS. SN 10179 & 10176. They are reputed to be the finest pair of short barrel Nationals known to exist. They are deluxe presentation engraved with silver plated bbls and gold washed frames with pearl grips. PROVENANCE: John Battaglia Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The iron frames which are profusely engraved very much in the New York style of L.D. Nemschke. The original finish of gold gilt over the entire frame is still very apparent down in the engraving and retains probably 15% of the original gold finish. Both guns have the knife blade ejector. SN 10179: The hammer retains about 50% of the fading case color. The bbl which was originally silver plated retains portions of silver and the gun is still extremely sharp in every respect and only shows use with no abuse. The pearl grips have wonderful coloration and luster. It has one tine nick on the right hand side just as where the pearl meets the frame at the top. Other than that, nearly perfect. The SN 10176 is in a similar condition and has almost the same little flake missing in the same position on the left hand grip. The case color on the hammer is about 75% probably 50% and fading on the trigger, does have the knife blade ejector system. National Arms Co.,Brooklyn is very sharp and apparent on top of the bbl flat with traces of silver plating. These are truly a magnificent matched pair that cannot be equaled by any other National pair known to L.D. Eberhart. Must be seen to completely be appreciated. 4-47771 DE127 (17,000-24,000)

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2001

MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION WITH ORIGINAL HOLSTERS. SN 22271 & 22432. Cal. .41 Short RF. Matched pair of 4th Variation Deringers with English proofs and the very rare dealership markings of “WILLIAMS & POWELL., LIVERPOOL,” who imported and sold them. They have “G” inspector initials under grips on each piece. The specially made holsters have sterling Irish Crowns on them with the shamrock high center on each. Englishmen make fun that Liverpool is the largest city in Ireland because it is so close and there are so many Irish there. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 22271: Frame orig finished in nickel has retained 99% of the orig nickel on the frame This finish may be a very old re-nickel as the mated gun in this pair retains only 50% of its orig silver plate. Bbl, which was orig blued has proof marks on side of bbl rather than on bottom as well as on rear portion of frame underneath firewall. These guns were imported directly from Hartford to this dealership never having passed through the 14 Pall Mall agency. Bbl which retains no blue has a brownish patina overall and bears the very rare dealership markings as stated above on top left portion of bbl. Fire blued screws still retain nice portions of color. Hammer retains 50% of case color with some fading as does trigger. Fancy grade walnut grips have normal use, small scratches and dings but no gouges and retain 75%-85% of orig varnish. SN 22432: Frame finished for some reason with silver plate with blue bbl and screws. Blued bbl retains 70% of orig blue with some small pitting over the ejector housing portion of bbl. Bbl is also engraved as described above and has English proofs. Hammer retains 80% of orig case color as does trigger. Walnut grips have normal wear, very little scarring and retain 80% of orig varnish. This pair either by the individual purchaser or the dealer were fitted with two holsters, one for each gun, with spring loaded belt hooks to slide over belt so that the wearer does not have to take off belt to mount. They are done in black leather and retain most of their orig luster. Both equipped with an Irish crown at top of holster with center portions being a shamrock indicating that the original purchaser was Irish. 4-47479 DE99 (4,500-7,500)

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2002

CASED MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION. SN 8876 & 3684. Cal. .41 Short RF. Cased pair of 2nd Model Deringers are English proofed just forward of SN on bottom of bbl. Sold by Colt’s agency at 14 Pall Mall to Fred T. Baker and cased by that dealer and re-sold through their retail store at 21 Cockspur St. in the Pall Mall district of London. Double cased sets of 2nd Models by any English dealer are seldom seen. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Standard finished silver plated iron frames and blued bbls with checkered walnut grips. SN 8876: Iron frame does not retain any orig silver except under the grips. Frame stamped “.41 CAL” under bbl release button. No pitting and a very nice gun metal gray patina overall. Bbl, which has storage scrapes and dings, has about 60% of orig bright blue remaining, the rest having been removed by poor care and storage. Gun has knife blade extractor. Grips, which have some marring on left side, but very little on right, retain sharp checkering and 95%+ orig varnish. Hammer is case colored and retains 95% case color and bright blue finish on hammer which has sharp checkering. SN 3684: Iron frame is sharp and retains none of the orig silver is not pitted and has nice, gun metal gray appearance. Bbl retains 50%+ of orig blue with wear on sides and spotting due to improper storage. Bbl legends of both guns are very lightly struck but all there and orig. These guns also have knife blade extractors. Hammer retains 50% of orig case color fading and 60% of bright blue on trigger as well as checkered part of trigger. Grips have some scarring on left hand grip have sharp checkering and are still very bright and retain 90%+ of orig varnish. Housed in orig casing and sold by Frederick T. Baker Gun Manufacturing. Label also states there was a store at 88 Fleet St. Lined in green blase and is in excellent condition but no key is present,; orig lock is present and working. In case there are compartments for for combination tool, ram rod and turn screw, which are not present. Orig oil can and 3 very rare Ely, with “E” head stamp marked .41 Short RF British cartridges are present. Label has some staining, foxing and rust marks but is otherwise completely there. Top of case is in nice condition as are hinges. Half dollar size initial plaque is inlaid in center top but unadorned. 8 screws that retain the top lid to side portions are present. Case lid over the years has some warping that will not allow the case to be locked but does not deter from the overall nice condition of the case. 4-47481 DE101 (10,000-12,000)

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2003

1ST MODEL COLT DERINGER WITH EXTREMELY RARE SOUTH AFRICAN LICENSE TO OWN & POSSESS A FIREARM WHICH IS NUMBERED TO THIS GUN. SN 952. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 1st Model Deringer, was made in the first months of production. It is British proofed & was sold through the London Agency at 14 Pall Mall. Some how it made its way to the Union of South Africa. The “License to Possess a Firearm” accompanies this piece. It was issued in the Transvaal district which is where the major gold mines were located. It is dated 20 August 1903. A very rare document. The gun was finished in all nickel plate. PROVENANCE: Peter Holder Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun which was finished in nickel plate overall retains 80% of that orig finish with flaking occurring around the muzzle. The top of the bbl flat edges have some dings & denting from improper storage. The piece has a knife-ejector blade. The hammer retains 50% of the case color on the sides & the trigger retains 50% of its orig blue. The license was made out to “Christiaan Joseph George Kirsten/20 Central Road, Fordsbury” in the District Transvall of South Africa. It is serial numbered to the gun & stamped as being issued “20th of August 1903” in Fordsbury. An interesting feature to this license is on the reverse side which states “This endorsement to be made by person issuing license if issued to a native or coloured person” but was never issued to such and is unsigned. To my knowledge, this is the only firearms license to this type of weapon known to exist in modern times. 4-47454 DE74 (2,700-4,500)

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2004

EXTREMELY RARE COLT 3RD MODEL 3RD VARIATION PAIR OF DERINGERS IN A RARE CIGAR CASING BY JOHN P. MOORES & SONS, BROADWAY, NY. SN 4898 & 4530. 41 cal. short rim fire. This extremely rare cigar casing made by John P. Moores & Sons for this pair at the time of their manufacturing is the only cigar casing known to this cataloger. The case itself is lined on the bottom where the guns lay, in purple velour. PROVENANCE: Doug Carlson Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 4898 has a silver plated frame which still has 90%+ remaining. All the screws are fire blue color with most remaining. The hammer has 90% of its orig case coloring & the trigger retains at least 50% of its orig blue. The bbl which shows use but not abuse retains only 40% of the orig bright blue but is a nice gray patina over the rest of the bbl. The grips are deluxe grade walnut, have very few scratches or dings with 98% orig varnish still remaining. SN 4530 is finished in the same manner & has 95% of the orig silver still remaining on the frame. Both silver frames are tarnished from age. The hammer retains 70% case color. The trigger retains 50% orig blue. The bbl itself has full blue coverage with wear at the muzzle end to about 85% total coverage. This casing, which was orig made only to fit the high hammer version of the 3rd model series, retains all of its purple velour on the bottom of the interior. The top of the interior has the John P. Moores & Sons, 204 Broadway, NY label in the white satin lining which has become somewhat threadbare around the edges but still all remaining. The exterior Moroccan cover is totally intact but shows scuffing & age marks from many years of use. One of the rarest of Colt period casings. 4-47447 DE67 (9,500-15,000)

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2005

EXTREMELY RARE GOLD FINISHED COLT 3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 14811. 41 cal. short rim fire. This special order piece was finished in the rarest of all finishes, overall gold gilt over silver plate. It appears to have been Class “C” engraved in the Nimschke style, maybe in their shop. PROVENANCE: Robert Lippincott, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The hammer & trigger still retain portions of the orig case color. The screw heads still retain some of their orig fire blue. The overall gun retains 85%+ of the orig gold wash with slight wear on the ejector housing from storage but no pitting. On the left side of the bbl, over the engraving, the gold wash is missing from storage & handling. The factory pearl grips are in orig condition and have bright luster. This is an extremely hard to find gun in this style of decoration. 4-47438 DE58 (3,000-5,000)

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2006

MATCHED PAIR COLT 2nd MODEL DERINGERS. SN 4660 & 5798. Cal. .44 RF. short shot shell. With Standard and Model markings. Both have standard “COLT’S PT. F.A.MFG. Co/HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. NO 2” bracketed by Maltese crosses on bbl flat. Made for trick shooting in Caliber .44 RF shot shell, smooth bore with special silver plated frames and nickel plated barrels so they could be shot a lot without the barrel finish flaking off. Made for someone like Ira Paine or Annie Oakley for trick shot exhibitions. Only one other gun like these is known at present. Accompanied by a box of Union Metallic Cartridge Co. .44 Cal Short RF blanks made for general trade, but also for the Colt Derringers such as these. One blank shot shell and two other loaded shells of .44 RF also accompany this lot. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 5798 has ejector blade which is blued, just as hammer, retains 70% of orig blue. Factory nickel bbl retains 90%+ of nickel with only small patches of flaking. Iron frames which have only a brown patina were orig silver plated but have long since flaked off. Varnished, checkered walnut grips are excellent and very sharp. SN 4660 is in every respect the same style and condition as its mate. 4-47422, 4-47497 DE40 (3,500-5,000)

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2007

BOXED PAIR OF MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGERS. SN 4253 & 4343. Cal. 41 Short RF. Cased pair of deluxe engraved 5th Variation. In the SN ranges from 3750 to 4339 there were approximately 20 to 24 pairs of these guns made with the patriotic motif of a spread eagle holding a shield on backstrap of each gun and frames were all finished with deluxe engraving and gold wash and all bbls were silver plate with extra engraving. It is theorized by several advanced Moore collectors as well as Mr. Eberhart that these guns were made by Moore for presentation to high ranking military officers as this SN range of guns were produced in 1864 during the Civil War. Moore was probably trying to emulate Samuel Colt by presenting these guns in order to gain contracts for his other line of guns. Only 2 of these rarely seen 2nd Type cardboard boxes are known to exist today. PROVENANCE: C.W. Slagle, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 4253 also has flower pattern with leaves engraved over breech it retains approximately 15% of original gold plate, which consists mainly in the engraving. Bbl has standard arrows down each side, it was originally silver plated and retains only traces of plating. Otherwise, all original. SN 4343 has same engraving overall and retains only traces of original gold plating on frame but 90% of silver on bbl Cardboard box has some repair but is all there with all labels intact and shows some scuffing. 4-47393 DE15 (15,000-20,000)

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2008

MOORE PAT. F.A. COMPANY. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 5th VARIATION DERINGER. SN 18. Cal. 41 Short RF. The gun is one of the earliest known examples of the 5th Variation, being SN 18, also has no patent dates on bottom of bbl and has early style pin front sight. These features were carried over from the first 4 variations. The 1863 Patent dates are on top of bbl flat running from muzzle to breech as on the 4th Variation except as the same font as the complete run of the 5th Variation, except it is different reading from all other 5th Variations. Less than 20 of these of this type are known. It is finished with an extremely rare pattern of engraving of foliage and flowers with a ring neck pheasant engraved over the breech. Also has the rare blue bbl and silver plated frame, which is the rarest of all Moore finishes. Because of its extremely fine condition and exceptionally rare engraving style is considered to be one of the finest Moore Derringers in existence. PROVENANCE: John Battaglia Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 90% of original bright blue with strong traces of case color on hammer. Frame retains 95%+ of original silver plate overall. 4-47381 DE3 (6,500-8,500)

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2009

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 5623. Cal. 41 Short RF. Short bbl One of only 5 known examples of a short barreled model with a brass frame. 99% of short barreled Nationals are iron framed. PROVENANCE: Richard Capps Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun, which was finished orig with blue bbl and silver plated brass frame, retains about 50% of an old restoration blue overall. Brass frame retains about 60% of orig silver. An extremely rare gun. 4-47404 DE26 (2,500-3,500)

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2010

CASED MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 6628 & 6604. Cal. .41 Short RF. This English proofed set is cased in their orig 14 Pall Mall oak box with the label. These guns have seen little or no use and retain all the silver and blue finish as well as all of the varnish on the select grade walnut grips. Casing also has the combination screwdriver and cleaning rod. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 6604: Gun is Class C engraved all over with many of the L.D. Nimschke style motifs. Stamped “41 Cal” on left side of frame. Gun is in as issued condition retaining 99% bright blue and nearly 100% bright nickel. Nearly 100% case color remains on hammer and 90% blue on trigger. All screws were fire blued color and 4 out of 5 have nearly 100% remaining. Walnut grips, which are deluxe grain have no bruising and retain nearly 100% of orig varnish. SN 6628:In exact same condition as its mate with the exception of two small patches of discoloring on left side of bbl, just forward of the proof mark. This is one of the most extraordinary cased pairs known and in near perfect condition for the most discriminating collector. They are housed in their orig 14 Pall Mall oak casing with the interior label in the blue velour lining. Label has some small staining but in same condition as guns. Two compartments with ivory pulls where orig key is housed and the orig cleaning rod combination turn screw screw. Exterior of case is just like the guns and lock works. 4-47459 DE79 (45,000-65,000)

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2011

EXCEPTIONAL BRITISH PROOFED 1ST MODEL COLT DERINGER IN ITS ORIG OAK CASING. SN 4404. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 1st model Colt Deringer has British proofs and is cased in the orig 14 Pall Mall oak casing which it was sold in at Colt’s London Agency. It is finished in blued bbl & the very seldom seen case colored frame. Orig cased first models in 14 Pall Mall oak casings are extremely rare and only 2 are known by advanced collectors at this time. The case contains its orig cleaning rod & a block with 6 orig 41 cal. short rim fire cartridges. PROVENANCE: Peter Holder Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun which is the very rare finished 1st model being that it had a case colored frame. Very few traces of that coloring are still apparent but enough to tell what it was orig. It is overall gun-metal gray with some patina spotting but with no pitting. The case colored hammer retains at least 90% of its orig color as does the trigger. The bbl is British proofed on the bottom next to the SN & retains 90%+ of the orig bright blue & excellent company bbl markings on the top bbl flat. Some wear on the bbl sides from use but no abuse. It has a knife-blade ejector. The orig oak casing is lined in dark blue velour with some scrapes & missing cloth where the hammer & front blade sight has touched over the years. The inside of the top casing has still bears the orig Colt 14 Pall Mall London paper label which has scratches, dents & some foxing but is nearly 100% there & still very legible. Also included in the case is the orig cleaning rod & a block with 6 orig 41 cal. short rim fire cartridges. The exterior of the oak box retains most of its orig varnish, the hinges are sound, the top lid is very sound & has its orig brass 1/2 dollar-sized plate inlaid into the center top. It also has all 6 of the orig brass screws which hold the top lid together. There is no key but the lock is in good repair and keys are obtainable. 4-47455 DE75 (10,000-15,000)

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2012

CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION. SN 2493. Cal. 41 Short RF. It is English proofed and cased in its orig 14 PALL MALL English Oak casing that it was sold in. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This gun is finished in 100% factory nickel finish with 99% still remaining intact. Reputed to be the finest all nickel 2nd Model Colt in existence. Fire blue screws throughout which still retain 100% of their color as does the trigger. Hammer retains 100% of orig case color and grips have almost no scratches or dings except from storage and case. Checkering is absolutely as issued. Has a case hardened knife blade ejector. The condition of this gun cannot be improved upon. Blue velour lined case includes two ivory pull compartments; one which is empty and the other containing 8 orig, old .41 Short RF shells; and a key which does not fit the lock. Label inside top lid is perfect except for some foxing and some staining from age. Orig combination cleaning rod and turn screw still in case as issued. Case, at a way earlier date, has been pried open using a screwdriver which has put several dents in the wood before the lock was managed to be broken. 4-47456 DE76 (15,000-25,000)

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2013

CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION FACTORY FITTED TO FIRE ELY .41 CAL. SHORT CENTRAL FIRE. SN 7794. Cal. .41 Short CF. Is housed in the orig 14 Pall Mall labeled English oak casing, which it was sold in. There are only 5 known examples of this very rare gun. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun with standard finish of blued bbl and silver plated frame. English proofed blue bbl retains 85% bright blue with some scuffing and wear from its casing. Silver has long since flaked off from iron frame leaving a pleasing gray and no pitting. All screws were fire blued; bbl screw is nearly perfect and other screws still have traces of blue remaining. Fitted with a case colored knife blade ejector which is about new. Case coloring on hammer is 90% as well as trigger. Grips are near perfect having nearly 100% of checkering and orig varnish. Case, which is orig English oak casing, is blue velour lined with one compartment with ivory pull lid and factory cleaning rod as well as a period pewter oil can. Five very rare Ely Central Fire cartridges, specially manufactured for this gun, are also within the case. Interior of case has normal wear from hammer spur and sight. Label is in its entirety but does have foxing and oil stains from bygone years. No key is present but lock is working. Top lid has orig half dollar size inlay in center bears the initials “WHP”. Exterior of case does retain most of the orig varnish and hinges are perfect and in good order.To the best knowledge their are only 2 other cased guns that shoot this extremely rare cartridge and few others that are not cased, in existence. It has been stated, by previous authors, that there were some 200 of these guns made in this caliber. Because of the extreme rarity of the cartridges and the guns I seriously doubt that statement. 4-47457 DE77 (25,000-30,000)

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2014

CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 36098 & 36209. Cal. .41 Short RF. Cased and sold in London at the Colt 14 Pall Mall store. They have the “C” and Rampant Colt which was Von Oppen’s stamp. Both guns are finished in full nickel with blued screws and case colored hammers and triggers. Fitted with factory ivory grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 36098: Finished in 100% nickel overall with fire blue screws and factory ivory grips. Piece is marked with Von Oppen and “C” Rampant Colt and “41 Cal.” on left hand side of frame. Frame retains 95% of orig nickel with only loss being a small amount from the backstrap area. Bbl retains 90% of orig nickel with 1 small, very minute pitted area close to the “C” in the “Colt” address on top of bbl and a few flaking areas around front sight. Trigger and hammer retain 90%+ of orig case colors.SN 36209: Has English proof marks as well as “41 Cal” in left side of frame is finished exactly as its mate but does not bear the Von Oppen Colt stamping. It appears to have been with this gun, as its mate since the beginning. Nickel frame retains nearly 100% of coverage and bbl retains 95% of orig nickel with only minor flaking at left muzzle portion and left upper bbl portion, from storage. Hammer and trigger retain 90% of bright case color. Fire blued screws retain most of their color. Both guns have factory ivory grips which have normal aging patina and are perfect in every respect with no chips and dings. English style, fancy casing is done in deluxe, diseased mahogany giving a magnificent grain to the top of lid. Interior is in nice condition and contains 2 orig, very rare, raised “E” headstamps made by Eley Bros. London, 41 cal. RF cartridges as well as 3 American made 41 cal. RF cartridges in other compartments. One compartment contains orig oil can and orig “L” shaped cleaning rod and turn screw. Lock is locked and no key is present. Tongue portion on upper lid has a missing section which allows case to close despite the lock being locked. On interior of top lid is orig Colt 14 Pall Mall paper label which is complete but does have oil stains and foxing due to age. Hinges are perfect. 2 ivory compartment pulls are perfect. Top of case bears a German silver, unadorned inlay shield. A nice English casing with excellent guns. 4-47464 DE84 (12,000-15,000)

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2015

CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION. SN 7003. Cal. .41 Short RF. Cased in its orig Wm. WATSON & SON casing. Gun was in all likelihood purchased from the COLT agency at 14 PALL MALL. London and then resold through Watson. Orig, finish is silver plated frame with blued bbl and checkered walnut grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun, which was finished in blue bbl and silver plated frame is English proofed and retains 90%+ of orig blue on bbl with only wear on one side from storage. Gun has a case colored knife blade ejector with most of the case color intact. Case color on hammer and trigger are both 90% remaining. Iron frame has very nice gun metal gray patina with no pitting and is stamped “41 Cal” underneath bbl release button. Silver plate is still evident under grips but has long since flaked off from frame. Deluxe walnut grips have only storage marks and retain very sharp checkering and nearly 100% varnish. Fire blued screws , bbl retaining screw and grip screw are nearly perfect. Cased in orig “W. Watson & Son.” Casing having been cased by that company after purchase from Colt at 14 Pall Mall. Interior of case contains 12 of orig .41 short RF cartridges as well as orig ramrod combination tool, which retains most of its orig blue. Orig key within one of the storage compartments and works lock perfectly. All hinges are very sound. Finish on exterior of mahogany case is intact. Interior label is completely there having some staining with one small corner, no more than 5mm missing. A truly fine example in a wonderful casing which is all orig and extremely hard to improve upon. 4-47458 DE78 (14,000-17,500)

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2016

CASED MATCHED PAIR COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION. SN 10101 & 11367. Cal. .41 Short RF. This matched pair was sold in England by Boss & Co,. 73 St. James St,. London. They are cased in their orig leather over wood casing with the orig oil can and turn screw. Both Deringers are Class C+ engraved and British proofed and fitted with fancy walnut grips. Cased pairs by this dealer are almost never seen. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 11367: Finished with blued bbls and silver frames, blue screws and case colored triggers and high hammers. Retains, in area where proof marks are on bottom of bbl very strong blue, fading overall to the top of bbl but has faded to a very nice, deep gun metal gray which does not detract from the gun. Silver plating on frame has 99% coverage. Case color on hammer and trigger are about 95%+ and all screws retain portions of the orig fire blue. The deluxe, striped walnut grips have only small storage marks and retain nearly 100% of orig varnish. SN 10101: Finished in same manner as its mate has 90%+ of orig blue, fading in some areas. Silver plate on frame is about 99% and blue screws still retain most of the fire blue and hammer and trigger are both 90%+ case color remaining. Grips are deluxe walnut with only light storage marks and retain nearly 100% of orig varnish. The very rare leather covered wood case that the guns were fitted to by Boss & Co. bears their label on the interior of the top lid affixed to the red blase which covers the entire interior. Guns are fitted in a most unusual way as evidenced by the pictures. There are ribbons under each gun to extract them from the casing. Interior of case contains: orig turn screw; 9 orig 41 short RF cartridges; orig “L” shaped cleaning rod and turn screw combination and pewter oil can. This is a unique, magnificent and very rare casing with super guns. Exterior of case has initials “J.B.G” in gold leaf on top lid. Some scuffing and dings over the years, but leather is sound. Leather hinge that holds lid on does have some cracking and damage but is still complete. At one time there was a strap present holding top tight but it is not present. The two keepers, one on front and one on back are present and complete with orig screws. 4-47462 DE82 (25,000-35,000)

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2017

CASED MATCHED PAIR COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 38250 & 39046. Cal. .41 Short RF. Both have Von Oppen markings and/or the 14 Pall Mall address which are poorly stamped on right side of frame. They were marketed by Watson & Son in London, circa 1900. Each has British proofs and were finished in blue and silver with walnut grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 39046: Has “.41 Cal” stamped on left side of frame is finished in silver plated frame with blue bbl. Bbl retains bright blue over 95% with some storage wear on left side. Marked poorly on right side with Von Oppen Rampant Colt stamping and the large style 14 Pall Mall stamp. 95% of orig silver having only small losses on rear of backstrap.Trigger retains 90%+ of orig blue, hammer retains 90%+ of orig case color and grips, which have normal wear marks with some dents are deluxe grade walnut and retain 90%+ of orig varnish. SN 38250: Finished in the same manner as its mate with a better stamping of the Von Oppen and Colt markings on left side of frame and without 14 Pall Mall stamping. Gun retains 90%+ or orig silver plate on frame having some losses on rear of left side. Blued bbl retains 90%+ of orig blue but shows wear in certain areas around muzzle and right hand top side of bbl. Trigger retains 50%+ of orig blue, hammer retains 90% orig case colors and most fire blue remaining on all screw. Deluxe walnut grips have very few dings or scratches and retain 100% of their orig varnish. Orig English oak casing is blue velour lined with 2 covered compartments in the diagonal corners which have perfect ivory pulls. One compartment contains orig key which operates the lock. There are several open areas containing the orig oil can, 4 orig 41 short RF cartridges and also the orig ramrod and turn screw combination tool. Interior of lid lined in a deep blue taffeta and in gold leaf bears “Watson & Son 313 High Holborn London” and also “Opticians to the UK Government”. Watson & Son were noted opticians and sold all kinds of optical equipment including telescopes, microscopes and eye glass as well as guns. There were a number of Watson companies in and around London and we feel that all of these Watsons were related in some way, but had independent companies. 4-47463 DE83 (15,000-17,500)

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2018

CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION. SN E26017. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun with Class C factory engraving. English proofed on bbl bottom. Piece is in orig English oak, single gun case which is lined in green blase. Orig dealer label inside top lid shows ” E.M. Reilly & Co./502 New Oxford Street, LONDON.” PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun, with E SN prefix, sent out for special engraving and has exceptional Class C engraving over entire gun. Gun was finished in total silver plate with approximately 25% remaining. Silver remaining on bbl is only in trace amounts in protected areas. Gun does not show use or abuse, but flaked off for some reason. Very sharp over all, Fire blued screws still have much of their orig color and trigger has most of its orig blue color. Hammer has probably 85%+ orig case color. This was a deluxe gun in every way that it is fitted with the very rare factory ebony grips which are nearly perfect and still retain much of the orig varnish with very little scratches and bruising. Piece is housed in orig casing of English oak and green blase lining. Label has some foxing and oil stains but is complete. Interior of case is nearly perfect except for normal wear. Contains orig turn screw, “L” shaped cleaning rod with turn screw end and orig pewter oil can. Also included are 5 old, Short RF cartridges and cotton wadding to use as cleaning material. Hinges are nearly perfect as is entire English oak casing. Lock is perfect but no key is present. All of the orig is present. Lid has small amount of warping but does not detract from overall condition of case. 4-47460 DE80 (7,500-11,000)

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2019

CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION. SN E7533. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun is British proofed and fitted in English Dealer’s rare cigar style casing. Markings on backstrap read “F.T.Baker, 88 Fleet St. LONDON” engraved down the backstrap and stamped in the top interior lid of case. Piece is finished in full nickel with blued screws, hammers & trigger and has factory ivory grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection, Peter Holder Collection. CONDITION: Very rare casing contains an early high hammer model which is finished in full nickel overall with fire bright screws and blued hammer and trigger plus factory ivory grips. Gun retains 99% of orig nickel overall. Fire blued screws retain 90%+ of their color. Hammer and trigger have 100% of their bright blue coloring. Gun is English proofed in normal manner. Orig ivory grips show very nice patina coloring. Gun would be exceptionally hard to improve upon. Orig cigar purse casing contains blue-green velour in bottom section where gun rests. The top interior of casing is a green satin over cotton padding retaining the F.T Baker stamp and address. Exterior of brass casing retains nearly 100% of orig diamond patter, snake skin style leather covering and orig initial plate. All hinges are perfect as orig. Bottom of case has normal wear patterns and some scratches, but otherwise nearly perfect. There is one pull up lid compartment for approximately 3 or 4 cartridges with a brass pull. No cartridges are included. 4-47465 DE85 (8,500-12,500)

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2020

CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION. SN 24141. Cal. 41 Short RF. Gun is British proofed and has the Von Oppen Rampant Colt stamped on frame indicating it was sold by Van Oppen to R.B. Rodda & Co. for resale. It is fitted in a factory Rodda Cigar casing that is extremely rare. Rodda & Co had stores in London and Calcutta, India. It is finished in all nickel finish with blued screws and a case color hammer. and fancy burl walnut grips. PROVENANCE: Peter Holder Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Frame is stamped on left side with “C” and Von Oppen Rampant Colt. Has normal British proofs on bottom of bbl. Nickel frame retains 98% of orig nickel having only small losses around outer edge of firewall. Fire blued screws retain most of their coloration. Hammer retains 95% of orig case color as does trigger. Bbl retains 98% of orig nickel with some scratches and dings on left side, probably from storage. This rare 4th Model has deluxe, extremely fine, burl walnut grips which have some nicks and dings from normal wear but still retain 95% of orig varnish. It would be very hard to improve upon this gun. The extremely rare cigar casing is practically as issued being covered with purple velour on bottom half, which is nearly perfect with one small compartment for 1 -3 cartridges. Orig brass pull and brass retainer latch on compartment. Top lid is purple taffeta and gold embossed with the Rodda marking. The latch, when pushed when case is opened reveals a cigar storage area which contains 4 of the 5 orig cigars which have remained in this case since the fist owner parted with it. Exterior of case is done in a deep mahogany coloring in a diamond patter similar to snake skin, both top and bottom. Brass hinges are nearly perfect, top initial panel on top is intact and unadorned. The excellent condition of this casing would be practically impossible to replace and may indeed be unique. It is only fitted for the rare 4th Variation Colt Deringer. No other Deringer will fit this case. 4-47466 DE86 (9,500-12,500)

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2021

CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 39247. Cal. .41 Short RF. This 5th Variation has a “P” where the grip screw goes through the frame. Finished in 100% nickel with blued screws, hammer and trigger. Has factory ivory grips. Orig imported by Von Oppen and has the Rampant Colt & “C”. Probably sold by them to E.M.Reilly & Co. of London as it also has their dealership marking. Cased in rare single gun casing with also rare double dealership markings. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is full nickel plate with nearly 100% remaining on frame with “41 Cal.” along with Rampant Colt and “C” on left hand side of frame. All fire blued screws retain most of their color as does the trigger. Bbl has about 80% of orig nickel still remaining with some losses through flaking showing dark patina in those areas. The engraved “E.M. Reilly” is nearly perfect and appears on right side of frame and is normal for this gun. Factory ivory grips are 95% have some chipping on left side where the top of grip meets frame. Hammer retains 85% strong case color. Factory casing is lined in blue blase and is totally there but contains 100+ years dust and some scraping from bbl sight and hammer spur. Orig label is complete on inside lid with some oil staining and foxing, but is otherwise as issued. Casing has orig oil can,turn screw and combination cleaning rod still in evidence along with key which does not work the lock. Also included are 5 old, 41 short RF cartridges. Ivory pull has a small piece missing. Case is a nice patina brown mahogany and has 10 brass screws around the outer edges of the top which is normal on most English style cases, however the shield shaped initial plaque on top of lid, we feel has been replaced with a later piece of brass. It has been there many years as it is tarnished almost black. This may have been removed by the orig owner to prevent someone from knowing they had sold the gun. A truly rare single casing by a well known English dealer. 4-47461 DE81 (4,500-6,500)

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2022

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION WITH LEATHER HOLSTER. SN 44864. Cal. .41 Short RF. British proofed and sold by “COGSWELL & HARRISON, Ltd, 141 New Bond St & 226 Strand, London” which is engraved on backstrap. Finished with nickel plated frame and blued bbl with walnut grips. Made towards end of production of this type Deringer. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Finished in standard nickel framed and blue bbl with blued screws with British proof marks on bottom of bbl. Has rare dealership engravings on backstrap as noted above as well as “.41 CAL” on left side of frame. Frame retains 90%+ of orig nickel with only one portion of small flaking on left side just underneath ejector housing on frame and one small bit at back of ejector housing on firewall. Blue screws retain 90%+ of orig fire blue. Hammer retains 90%+ of orig case color. Trigger retains 75% of orig blue with some fading on face. Bbl retains 50%+ of orig bright blue with fading over portions on both sides, but still a very pleasing looking gun. The bright colored, nicely grained walnut grips have very few scratches or dings and retain 95%+ of orig varnish. Gun is accompanied by an orig period, English style holster which has seen very little use and pieces like this are seldom seen. 4-47480 DE100 (1,800-3,000)

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2022A

COLT 2ND MODEL 2ND VARIATION DERINGER. SN 9191. 41 cal. short rim fire. This piece is British proofed as well as having a secondary Australian importation number “88661” and the inspector “J.P.” stamped on the toe of the butt. It is 41 cal. rim fire short with a shell ejector. Pieces with these markings are rare. PROVENANCE: John Molloy Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun which was orig silver plated, iron-framed & blued bbl has only traces of silver under the grips to verify that fact. The iron frame is marked “41 CAL” just under the bbl release button. It shows use but no abuse. Nice smooth patina. The bbl retains 15% of orig bright blue around the bbl retaining screw. It has nice, clear markings on top of the bbl flat. The hammer & trigger both have 50% of their orig color. The grips which are a nice grade of walnut have sharp checkering with some scratches & denting & retain 75%+ of their orig varnish. The gun has British proof marks close to the bbl SN. The rare Australian importation number & the inspector’s stamp “J.P.” with that number is on the bottom of the toe of the butt. Examples of Colt Deringers with this style Australian markings are almost non-existent. This gun also has the knife-blade ejector. 4-47453 DE73 (1,500-2,500)

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2022B

ENGLISH PROOFED COLT 2ND MODEL 2ND VARIATION DERINGER. SN 8513. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 2nd Model 2nd variation Colt Deringer has English proofs & extremely rare dealership marking of “R. JONES” in one stamp & located underneath in another stamp “MANCHESTER ST.,/LIVERPOOL”. These are found on the left side of the bbl. The orig finish was blued bbl with silver plated frame with orig ivory grips. It is also fitted with a shell ejector. The iron frame is also marked “41 CAL.” under the bbl release button. PROVENANCE: Malcolm Arterburn Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The very lovely patina orig factory grips have only one small age crack at the bottom on the left grip. The frame, which initially was silver plated, has only traces under the grips. The metal frame which is gun-metal gray has some minute pitting on both sides but is hardly noticeable. The bbl which initially was blued has the English proof marks on the bottom next to the SN & has mainly faded away with some bright blue still remaining around the bbl screw area. The hammer retains small traces of case color as does the trigger. The piece is equipped with a knife-blade ejector which was a carry-over from the National Firearms era, which Colt took over. The screw holding the ivory grips on retains its bright fire blue. The “R. JONES” marking which was a bad stamping, only shows “R. JO” and nothing else. The “MANCHESTER ST./LIVERPOOL” stamping is still there & in excellent condition. Guns marked & sold by this dealer are extremely rare & very seldom ever seen. 4-47452 DE72 (1,700-3,000)

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2023

BARON VON OPPEN’S PERSONAL BUSINESS CARDS AND POCKET CASE. The 19th Century pocket business card case which still retains 3 of the Baron Friedich Von Oppen business cards. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The case interior is nearly perfect and still retains the very nice elastic bands which hold the cards in place on both sides of the interior. The exterior of the snakeskin pattern which is overlaid over the brass frame in near perfect condition showing some scuffing and wear just from normal use and no abuse. An exceptionally one of a kind piece of Colt memorabilia for the most discriminating Colt collector. 4-47505 DE122 (750-1,000)

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2024

FRAMED ORIG INVENTORY LEDGER SHEETS FROM THE 14 PALL MALL COLT AGENCY. Five ledger sheets measuring about 12 7/8″ x 7 7/8″ showing inventory of all the Colt firearms at 14 Pall Mall that were in inventory dated December 31st 1877. Inventory shows hundreds of guns, including 419 Colt Derringers, 10 gold-plated National Derringers along with more than 20 other Colt models which included 76 Percussion Army revolvers, 593 Navy Percussion revolvers & 32 cartridge Navy revolvers. Single action Armies are listed as new model Armies of which 2 are listed with carved black walnut stocks, inlaid gold & engraved & gold-plated mountings. There are accessories listed including fancy cases for Derringers including cigar cases. Ledger also shows 60 or 70 vendors who owe money for guns purchased including many of the agents who are known to have agent-marked Colts & casings, many of which are being sold in this catalogue. There is lots of interesting information written on these ledger sheets which are reproduced on our website for interested bidders. This is a must have for any collector of English-marked Colt guns! PROVENANCE: Anthony Stone Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Ledger sheets overall are in very good condition with 3 folds on each sheet with minor cracking & small losses at edges & where pin has been removed from corners. Ink is dark & easily discernible. The last two pages have damp stains & areas of acid burn which can be seen in photographs which do not affect text. 4-47450 JS151 (700-1,500)

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2025

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. THIRD VARIATION DERINGER. SN 261. Cal. 41 short. This deluxe special factory engraved Derringer is of the third variation of this series, of which they made approximately 425 total pieces. It is one of the very early frames which were originally cut for center fire cartridges. Like all of these the recoil shield has been filled in and the hammer fitted for rim fire shells. The barrel legend reads “D. MOORE” in one stamp and patented “Feb.19,1861.” PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun retains 30% orig. blue on the bbl with some small salt and pepper pitting on the left hand side of the bbl. The brass frame retains 50% of the orig. silver plating. The gun is orig throughout. 4-47379 DE1 (2,500-3,500)

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2026

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER. SN 3. Cal. 41 Short RF. This gun is 2nd Variation having February 19th, 1861 patent, engraved on top of bbl Also has “D. Moore Patent” stamped on top of bbl flat like 3rd Variation. “EXPLANATION” normal 3rd types have 2 stamps, which read as above. This piece was made before the other stamp was included. Only 2 others are marked like this and they are SN 26 & 30. This piece is SN 3. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Rarest of all Moore finishes, blue bbl and silver plated frame. Engraving is a little more than average coverage having additional thumbprints, one on each side of backstrap. Bbl retains 80%+ of original, bright blue. Hammer retains 80%+ of original blue. Brass frame retains 98% of original silver finish. There is a starburst pattern over breech. 4-47382 DE4 (3,500-5,500)

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2027

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER. SN 11. Cal. 41 Short RF. Company legend, which appears on bbl flat is all engraved and reads “D.MOORE,S, PAT,t FEBRUARY 19 1861”. This variation numbered in its own special SN range to approx. 225 total pieces. Standard Moore engraving for this particular variation. Starburst engraved over breech. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: All original but retains only traces of original silver plate which was overall coverage. 4-47383 DE5 (2,000-3,000)

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2028

PAIR OF MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIRST VARIATION DERINGERS. SN 9 & 10. Cal. 41 Short RF. Cased in ONLY KNOWN original cardboard box, note the wooden dowels which hole the guns in place. This is a feature which Colt would later use in their cardboard boxes. This matched pair of First Variations are consecutive SN. Also in accompaniment are the original turn screw cleaning rod combination, which is the only original tool of its type known to the author, and a brass cleaning rod. Also included are the three styles of original ammunition used in these guns including the inverted nipple percussion cartridge, only 3 are known to be in existence by the author, which will fit either gun in this early series. Also included is early center fire shell casing of the very rare Goldmark Cartridge Company (fulminate) of mercury centerfire, which there are only 2 known specimens of, and 1 original short RF cartridge to illustrate the differences between the ammunition. Both guns have the bbl release button on left hand side of frame. Only the first 48 examples of this gun have that special feature. To the author’s knowledge there are less than 15 of these guns known to exist today. Both of these guns were deluxe engraved. At the time of production almost every one of the first 48 had some variation of address. SN 9 has an engraved company legend on bbl flat “D MOORE,S PATENT” and SN 10 has 2 line stamp of “PATENT APPLIED FOR” in an oval engraving covering entire bbl flat. These First Variation Moore’s, which are all centerfire, have a see through vent between bbl and frame recoil shield so that the owner can see, at a glance, if the piece is loaded. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Both guns are engraved alike, even to the starburst over breech, except for company legend. It should be noted here that in these first 48 guns almost every one is different from each other in some form or fashion. At that early stage they were trying to put out guns as quickly as possible and very little standardization was used. The guns retain none of the original, overall silver plate finish. Accompanying box is all original and has had some restoration; labels are all complete both interior and exterior. It should be noted that the label on top of box, the top line started off with “UNION.” It is unknown why this was done and some Southern gentleman did try to mark that out with a pencil, otherwise it is fine. 4-47385 DE7 (25,000-35,000)

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2029

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER. SN 20. Cal. 41 Short RF. This piece would normally have had hand engraved address markings on bbl, “D.MOORE’S PATENT FEBRUARY 19, 1861”; instead this gun was somewhat deluxe engraved, including fancy scroll engraving half way out the bbl flat with no more markings. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: All original parts; no original finish remains. Gun was originally silver plate, overall. Front bbl pin sight is worn, but still 50% remaining. Bbl locking pin is slightly worn through the brass frame and can be seen on outside. 4-47384 DE6 (1,500-2,000)

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2030

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 1987. Cal. 41 Short RF. Standard Moore pattern engraving with spread eagle engraved over breech with arrows down each side of bbl Evidently, in the beginning this was a ladies gun in that it is engraved on right side of exterior of firewall “ZOEY”. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is finished in silver plate, overall, of which 95% remains, even on hammer. 4-47390 DE12 (2,000-3,000)

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2031

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 2217. Cal. 41 Short RF. Has small amount of extra engraving on frame and is finished in rare finish of blued bbl and silver plated frame. Bbl has arrows pointing down each side. There is an un-inscribed shield engraved over breech. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 80% of original bright blue finish. Hammer has 50% of original case color. Gun is all original and brass frame, which is silver plated has 80%+ of original silver. 4-47391 DE13 (2,000-3,000)

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2032

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 2134. Cal. 41 Short RF. Full nickel finish and bears the very rare “B. Kiitreidge Cin.O” stamped left side of bbl There are only 2 known examples of Moore Deringers stamped in the particular way. The gun has what appears to be a pot of gold engraved over top of breech. PROVENANCE: Herb Ratner, Jr., L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: It is overall nickel plate, and orig throughout. 95% of orig finish remains with only slight wear at muzzle. 4-47396 DE18 (2,500-3,500)

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2033

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 2483. Cal. 41 Short RF. the name “C.D. IRONS” is engraved on left backstrap. This gentleman went into the Illinois State Infantry at the War’s beginning and ended the war as the Adjutant of the 86th Illinois Infantry. The Moore was the only Derringer that was around the entire Civil War. Many were carried as second weapon and some were engraved with the name of the man that carried it as this one was. It has extra engraving on the bbl Deluxe engraved from breech to end of bbl as well as regular arrows with uninscribed shield over breech and original owner’s name engraved on left side of backstrap. Service record of the Civil War owner will be furnished along with the gun. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is original overall and was, in the beginning a blue bbl and silver plated frame. Only traces of blue in protected areas remain. About 25% of original silver plate remains on frame with nice portions of case color on hammer. 4-47395 DE17 (1,200-1,800)

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2034

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 3789. Cal. 41 Short RF. Engraved over breech is a farmhouse and picket fence. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is finished in rare silver and blue finish and retains about 80% of faded blue finish and frame retains 95% of orig silver finish. 4-47398 DE20 (1,800-2,500)

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2035

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER. SN 169. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2″ bbl Brass framed 1st model. This model was made in very limited production with no more than 400 2″ bbls being made throughout production in both the 1st & 2nd models. This piece is presentation engraved and specially finished with gold washed frame and silver plated bbl It has a presentation engraved on top backstrap, “Cornelis/E/Duval/with the/compliments/of/A.J.Bergen”. Mr. Bergen was a large stock holder and president of National Arms Co,. as of 7/25/1865, and at the time which this gun was produced and presented. It is not known what affiliation Miss Duvol had with Bergen, however it is known that she lived in NYC and was in a family which owned railroad holdings, as did Mr. Bergen. Presentation Derringers of any kind are truly rare. PROVENANCE: Doc Gutherie Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun has silver plate over bbl with 95% still remaining. It is gold washed over frame with 40% still remaining on the engraving and protected areas. It has a 4 petal flower engraved over breech.It should be noted here that there are two such guns, the other presented by A.J.Bergen to another person. Despite the fact they are finished identically they were not a pair and their SN are 20 apart. This gun should be considered one of the finest National Firearms products. 4-47401 DE23 (9,000-12,000)

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2036

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER. SN 5034. Cal.41 Short RF. The brass frame was engraved over breech in banner for presentation, which was never filled out. Standard engraving and the very rare blue bbl and silver plated frame finish. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Blue bbl retains 80% of blue and silver frame retains 75%+ or orig silver plate. Hammer retains 50% case color. 4-47400 DE22 (2,500-3,500)

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2037

NATIONAL ARMS CO. BROOKLYN NY. 1ST MODEL NATIONAL DERINGER. SN 5233. Cal. 41 Short RF. This piece has brass frame and is finished in silver plate over all. Has 2nd Variation Moore patent dates on bottom of bbl. Also has arrows engraved on bbl sides like Moore derringers. Has diamond pattern engraved over breech. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Finished in overall nickel plate and retains 90% of that original finish. Hammer has 90% orig blue. 4-47399 DE21 (1,500-2,500)

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2038

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER. SN NSN. Cal.41 Short RF. 2-1/2″ bbl Rare iron frame 1st Model. Gun has 20% extra engraving over top of breech and rear end of bbl flat as well as a border around and behind hammer with extra chasing outlining the bbl flat on each side. No company legend on top of bbl flat due to extra engraving. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is silver plated overall retains at least 90%+. Hammer retains portions of orig case color. 1st Model National iron frames are rarely seen in this fine a condition. 4-47402 DE24 (2,000-3,000)

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2039

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 8236. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2″ bbl. Scarce iron frame. Iron frame pieces of this model were produced throughout production but in limited numbers, probably less than 300. This gun finished with rare blue bbl and silver plated iron frame. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: 30% orig blue remains, mainly on top bbl flat. Only traces of silver on frame in protected areas. Walnut grips are extremely nice with most of orig varnish present. 4-47405 DE27 (900-1,400)

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2040

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. PROTOTYPE DERINGER. SN 11. Cal. 41 Short RF. Unmarked except for SN on frame under grips. This experimental piece was finished in the white only to illustrate the use of a special oversized ejector. As this piece is unique it is assumed that the cost factor kept it from being used in general production. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Condition fair as completed as bench model; finished in white. 4-47407 DE29 (2,000-3,000)

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2041

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. PROTOTYPE DERINGER. SN C763. Cal. 52 Short RF. Unmarked except for the SN stamped on the frame under the grips. This experimental piece was finished in the white. It has an oversized bbl and much stronger locking latch because it was made for it. Note the loading port to help accommodate the oversized cartridge. Both gun and cartridge are unique and were never put into production. The cartridge is .52 cal. RF short designed especially for this gun. This piece turned up at Harry Mann’s Shooting Gallery on Main Street in Old Downtown Las Vegas, circa 1938. It was accompanied by the shell shown here, which is the only one known in .52 Short RF. That shell accompanies the gun. The fact that it is stamped on the frame, with the SN C763 indicated that a shop mechanic took a standard frame off the production line. then perhaps tried to create a more powerful Second model. There are no other examples and no patent papers, etc…, probably means that ownership-management did not think it was a good idea or cost effective. No one knows for sure. PROVENANCE: Harry Mann Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is a bench model and as such is finished in the white. 4-47408 DE30 (2,500-3,500)

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2042

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 4015. Cal. 41 Short RF. Brass frame, finished in full silver plate with blue hammer and screws as well as the optional ejector, a $.50 option on orig order. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun, which is very sharp, retains 90%+ of orig factory silver plate. Checkered, walnut grips retain 95% orig varnish. Hammer retains 50%+ case colors. An exceptional 2nd Model National. 4-47410 DE32 (1,500-2,500)

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2043

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 5460. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2″ bbl. Brass frame. This piece with specially ordered factory engraving. Typical NYC style from the shop of L.D. Nimschke. Floral pattern engraved over breech. Gold plated frame stamped under grips “A & 60”, as are the walnut grips. Bbl is full silver plate that has never been polished and appears to be blued, but is not. Deluxe finished National Derringers like this one are very rare. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 90%+ of silver plate. Frame only retains traces of orig gold plating in protected areas. Grips are all orig with 50% varnish remaining. 4-47411 DE33 (2,000-3,000)

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2044

MATCHED PAIR OF NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGERS. SN 11832 & 11754. Cal. 41 Short RF. SN 11832 & 11754.Silver plated iron frames and blued bbls. This pair was made very close to the end of production which ended at approximately 12000. They have piano finished varnished, plain, uncheckered walnut grips which are somewhat rare as only about 3% were finished this way. Matched pairs like these are rarely seen. Less than 6 pairs like this are known. PROVENANCE: Melvin Flanagan Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 11832 retains 85% of orig bright blue on bbl; 90% of orig case colors on hammer; 80% of orig silver on frame. SN 11754 retains 25% bright blue with mixed patina and blue overall rest of bbl; 85% of orig case color on hammer; 90% of orig silver on frame. Both pairs of grips retain 90%+ of orig dark varnish. Both guns have rarely seen cartridge ejector, which was a $.50 option as were the plain grips. 4-47415 DE37 (6,000-8,000)

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2045

MATCHED PAIR NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGERS. SN 8637 & 8645. Cal. 41 Short RF. Iron framed Nationals. Finished in overall silver plate. Triggers, hammers and ejectors retain case colors. Special order ivory grips are completely checkered rather than the standard National pattern. Grips, which were probably sent out for checkering, were totally checkered right through the escutcheon plates that are period and correct to these guns. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 8637 retains most of the orig silver plate over entire bbl with some wear at muzzle edges. Strong company markings on top bbl flat; iron frames retain probably 70%+ of orig silver. Nice case color on hammer. There is some age shrinkage to the ivory grips but there are no breaks scratches, etc…SN 8645 has 90%+ of orig silver on bbl with strong bbl markings and strong case color on hammer with 70% silver plate remaining on frame. Grips have no dings or chips but some age shrinking and are a nice mellow, aged color. 4-47417 DE39 (5,500-8,500)

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2046

THIS PAIR OF 1ST TYPE 3RD MODEL DERINGERS HAVE THE SMALL COLT ADDRESS. SN 136 & 1255. Cal 41. Short rim fire. There were slightly less than 500 of these produced, and then the Colt stamping went to the larger Colt which carried on through to the end of production. Explanation about SN 1255: There will be a copy of L.D. Eberhart’s story about these type weapons which will accompany these guns to the new owner which explains in detail how three of these very rare guns were found to be out of the normal series range. Both guns are original in every way, Cal 41 short rim fire. Are two of the finest examples of the 19 guns that are still known to be remaining of the original 500 production. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection CONDITION: SN 136: This gun retains 90%+ of the original silver plate on the frame. All the screws as well as the trigger still have their bright blue finish. The high hammer retains 90% of its original case color. The bbl which shows some flaking on the left-hand side still retains 75% of the original bright blue as it was issued. The walnut grips are very bright and light and have not been darkened by oil stains or age. they retain 95% of their original varnish. SN 1255: This gun retains 85%+ of the original silver plate, screw heads etc retain most of the original fire blue. The high hammer retains 90% of its original case color. Blue trigger has total blue coverage. The grips are nice walnut and have almost full coverage original varnish and are still nice bright color. The bbl itself with some wear retains 70% of bright blue as issued. This very rare pair of guns are housed in their original 1st type cardboard box which to the author’s knowledge, there are only four known examples remaining. 4-47428 DE47 (25,000-35,000)

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2047

2ND VARIATION 3RD MODEL COLT, SN 994. SN 994. 41 cal. short-rim fire. This style Deringer was manufactured up to serial number 2400, then the frame-style was changed to make it stronger. (A copy of Eberhart’s article which appeared in “Man At Arms” magazine can be furnished to show how this transition came about. Subtracting the first style variations, which numbered 500 total, that leaves 1,900 of this rare second variation. This variation also retains the very rare pot-bellied or ‘bubble’ frame and high hammer as well as the tight-curve grip. Through Mr. Eberhart’s research we can find no other engraved gun of this variation. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This gun which is New York style, class C engraved bears a number of the L.D. Nimschke-style engraving patterns. The frame retains 70%+ of its orig silver plate, screw heads and trigger retain traces of their orig blue. The high hammer retains 50% of its orig case color. The bbl retains 50% of its bright blue. The ivory grips which are orig to the gun are panel checkered. The screw-head and end tip both have bright fire blue. The ivory grips are perfect as issued and have mellowed over the years, more so on one side than the other because of storage. This gun is reputed to be by most advanced Colt Deringer collectors to be the finest example known of this variation. 4-47429 DE49 (12,000-15,000)

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2048

FIRST TYPE COLT 2ND MODEL. SN 1283. Cal. 41 short rimfire. The bbl address reads “ADDRESS COL. COLT, HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. 2”. This piece is SN 1283. Until this gun was found, it was generally accepted that the highest SN produced of the 1st addressed 2nd Model Colts was around 1200. This piece is so far the highest SN recorded on a Colonel Colt Address 2nd Model. It has the shell ejector which was a National Arms Company invention carried over into the Colt production. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection CONDITION: The gun was originally entirely silver plated overall and has very rare factory pearl grips which are in perfect condition. The hammer and trigger retain 50%+ of their original case color. The bbl retains about 30% of the original silver. The frame retains about 50% and has flaking in a good many areas, but its still a very attractive gun. 4-47423 DE43 (2,500-3,500)

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2049

STANDARD COLT SECOND MODEL WITH STANDARD ADDRESS. SN 2523. CAL. 41 short rimfire. The gun has a shell ejector, and in every way is a standard 2nd model with exception of the frame which is BRASS which is an extremely rare configuration of this model, since 99.9% of the production was iron-framed. These guns with brass frames of which there are less than 10 known appear generally in the SN number 1500 & 2500 serial ranges. The gun is finished in overall nickel with 90+% still remaining with only small flaking at the muzzle edge and one 10 x 15 mm flake off of the left side of the bbl at the breech. PROVENANCE: John Battaglia Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection CONDITION: The hammer and trigger retain strong traces of their original case color. The walnut grips are exceptionally sharp checkering with 90%+ original finish. 4-47424 DE42 (3,500-5,000)

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2050

EARLY STYLE 2ND MODEL COLT DERINGER ADDRESS READS, “COLT PTF.A.MFG.CO. HARTFORD CT, USA #2” BRACKETED BY MALTESE CROSSES. SN 2157. Cal. 41 short rimfire. Something rarely seen appears on the frame just below the bbl release button. It is the “C” with rampart Colt which is the marking that Von Oppen in London at 14 Pell Mell marked all the guns imported by him from Hartford to London for redistribution there. Even so, the gun does not bear British proof marks. The gun also has the National type knife blade shell ejector. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection CONDITION: The gun has no original finish, shows use but no abuse, and is gun-metal gray overall. Second models with this type markings are almost unheard of. The grips on the gun have some dings and scrapes, but are generally as issued with much of the original varnish 4-47426 DE45 (1,200-1,800)

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2051

3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGER. SN E48012. The “E” was Colt’s designation for the gun to be engraved; however, the gun retains the original hammer which is a high hammer which is normally seen on much earlier guns in the 1st and 2nd and 3rd variation styles. It has factory pearl grips which are perfect. The engraving which is class C style in all probability was done in New York City and has full silver plate over the entire frame. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection CONDITION: The blued bbl has full coverage also and retains 99% original style blue; however, that could have been retouched sometime earlier, but it is a very pleasing gun. The high hammer retains 85% of the original case color. 4-47427 DE46 (3,500-5,000)

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2052

EXTREMELY NICE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED BY THE FACTORY COLT 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION. SN 7539. 41 cal. short rim fire. Third variation of the high hammer made towards the mid-range of the high hammer era, circa 1873 – 1874. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The brass frame retains 90%+ of the orig silver plate. The high hammer retains 90%+ of its case color, some fading, as does the hammer. The factory ivory grips which are checkered panel style have some age cracks but are perfect in every way other than some mellow toning from handling. The bbl which has in years gone by laid in storage on its left side, still has some salt & pepper pitting on the flat. The rest of the bbl is overall gun metal gray with the nice deluxe engraving still being very sharp in the basic Nimschke class C style engraving. Screw heads do show some abuse. Otherwise a very scarce and desirable 3rd Model high hammer. 4-47434 DE54 (2,500-3,500)

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2053

COLT 3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGER WITH ORIG IVORY GRIPS SCRIMSHAWED WITH ORIG OWNER’S INITIALS WITH FACTORY MOLE SKIN PURSE. SN 29009. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 3rd model 5th variation Colt Deringer has factory ivory grips that are scrimshawed “J.N.B.”. It is accompanied by its original factory mole skin purse casing. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The mellowed brass frame which has nice patina on first inspection appears to never have been plated although there are remaining traces of silver plating under the grips which indicates that this gun was probably special ordered at the very late date that it was produced because by then almost all the guns were being nickel plated on the frames. The orig owner’s initials “J.N.B.” are scrimshawed on the ivory grips which have a nice mellow yellow tinge from age with only one age crack on the grip. The frame is also stamped “41 CAL.” All the screws were orig fire blued. The hammer retains traces of orig case color. The trigger appears to have a good portion of the orig blue finish. The bbl retains 90% of the orig bright blue with some wear on the ejector housing part of the bbl through storage. The piece is accompanied with its orig factory mole skin pursing. 4-47441 DE61 (1,200-2,500)

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2054

3RD MODEL 3RD VARIATION COLT DERINGER & ITS EXTREMELY RARE MOROCCAN LEATHER PIPE CASING. SN 4616. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 3rd variation gun is engraved with many of the patterns of the L.D. Nimschke shop. It has factory pearl grips & was finished with a blued bbl & gold wash over silvered frame, a rarely seen special order feature. It is also in its orig brown Moroccan leather covered pipe casing, which is extremely rare. The casing was made for this tight curved grip & high hammer style gun. The interior is purple velour on one side & purple satin on the other, which was common in that period circa 1875. PROVENANCE: Peter Holder Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The brass gun frame still retains about 30% of the orig gold plating over the silver plate. The rest of the brass frame still retains most of the silver plate, up to about 80% coverage. The gun is profusely engraved in the Class “C” style, all over, with many of the Nimschke style patterns being present. The large “COLT” ltrs on top of the bbl are very nicely encompassed by an oval chasing & dotted pattern of the Nimschke style. The high hammer & the trigger both still retain some case color. The bbl itself has only traces of orig blue & a nice even coloration overall which is very pleasing. The gun has seen use but no abuse. The factory pearl grips are nearly perfect, still retaining most of their luster. They have turned, at the very bottom, a brown coloration as pearl will do from aging but does not detract from the overall very nice appearance of the gun. It is accompanied & cased in its orig Moroccan leather covered pipe casing which is considered by most Colt collectors as the rarest of all styles of Colt cases. It is estimated that less than 6 of these very rare cases are known today. This casing is made to fit only the high hammer type gripped style gun which is housed in it now. 4-47443 DE63 (4,000-5,500)

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2055

RARE CASED & MATCHED PAIR OF CONSECUTIVELY NUMBERED 3RD MODEL COLT DERINGERS WITH EXTREMELY FINE CHECKERED DELUXE GRADE WALNUT GRIPS. SN 16733 & 16734. 41 cal. short rim fired. This matched pair of 5th variation deringers are finished in the standard blue & nickel finish, except that they have the rarest style grips made for this model gun. They are checkered deluxe grade walnut. Only about 3 pairs are known to exist. Consecutive serial numbered pairs are also seldom seen. The casing is not factory but is old & was probably done by a jeweler or merchant at their time of sale. PROVENANCE: Herbert Ratner, Jr. Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 16733 is finished with 100% nickel over the brass frame & the mark “41 CAL” on the left side of the frame. There is 98% nickel remaining. The bbl retains 90% of orig bright blue with only losses a little at the muzzle & some on each side from storage. The hammer & trigger both retain most of their orig case colors. All screw heads are fire blued & most retain that coloration. They are equipped with the rarest style of Colt grips, being checkered deluxe walnut. The checkering is very sharp & has some small bruising. SN 16734 appears to be the gun that the orig owner carried somewhat more as is the case with most cased pairs, one will have more wear than the other. The frame retains 95% of the orig nickel. The trigger & hammer retain 90% of orig case colors. The bbl which is blued retains 60% of the orig bright blue with fading occuring in some of the wear spots around the muzzle & ejector housing. All the blued screws have their fire blue color with the same style deluxe walnut checkered grips which appear to be nearly perfect, with very little bruising. The case which is a 19th century-style gun casing is not a Colt factory casing but is of the period & old. They have been known to exist since the early 1950s. It is presumed that this casing was done by a merchant or jeweler at the time of their orig sale. 4-47445 DE65 (6,500-9,500)

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2056

CASED COLT 3RD MODEL 4TH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 26454. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 4th variation Colt 3rd Model has the sloping hammer spur & tight grip curve. The piece is deluxe Class “C” engraved with factory ivory grips. It was finished with a full gold plated frame & nickel bbl & blue screws. The case which in all probability is early 20th century is made of a rare exotic South American wood which is stunning in color & grain in its own right. It houses the gun & 19 orig 41 cal. short cartridges by various manufacturers. The interior is lined in blue blaze & has an ivory-turned pull on a compartment probably made for cleaning materials. English-style open casing that houses the gun. The gun itself, which was probably made around 1900, is period engraving by a master jeweler & then cased in this casing. PROVENANCE: Kurt House Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun was orig gold washed completely over the brass frame & generous amounts, up to about 30%, remain in the engraving & protected areas. The fire blue screws retain most of their color. The trigger retains most of its orig blue. The hammer retains 75% of its orig color. The bbl retains nearly 100% of its orig nickel with the engraving having been performed through the nickel but not into the metal. The ivory grips which show some shrinkage with nice mellow yellow aging have only one age crack on the right grip at the escutcheon & is a very pleasing example of this 4th variation model. 4-47448 DE68 (3,500-5,000)

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2057

EXCEPTIONAL FACTORY MATCHED PAIR COLT 3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGERS. SN 38450E & 38454E. 41 cal. short rim fire. They are cased in a rare leather casing which appears to be made to fit 2 decks of cards. The case appears to have been made right around 1900 which is when the guns themselves were made. This is not a factory casing but a period casing. Only 2 such casings of this style are known. These two guns, which are very close in SN range and only 4 numbers apart with “E”s at the end of each number, shows that these numbers were designated at the factory for engraving, but for some reason, they never were. They are fitted with factory ivory grips & finished in full nickel with cased colored hammer, blued trigger & screws. Sets with serial numbers this close are seldom seen. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Both guns are stamped “41 CAL.” on the frame. The ivory grips show very nice aged mellow yellow. SN 38450 retains 96% of its orig nickel finish overall with the only loss being right on the ejector housing, on the frame part only. The hammer retains 90% of the orig case color. The blue screws retain most of their orig fire blue. The orig ivory grips which have nice coloration from age, do have some shrinkage but are nearly perfect fits to the gun. SN 38454 has 90%+ of the orig nickel finish overall with the only loss being at the rear of the bbl on the left side where the breech is due to some flaking. The case color on the hammer is 90% coverage. The blue trigger has 50-60% coverage. The ivory on this gun is also nearly perfect with only one small age crack, nice mellowing, some shrinkage probably due to the use of green ivory. The leather casing does have scuffs & has had some repair to the interior green blaze-style lining to re-affix it to the leather. Each gun fits in a triangular shape, English-style opening. In each diagonal corner there are 2 orig 41 short rim fire cartridges with a good amount of orig aged oxidation. The exterior latch to the case is partially missing but could be easily manufactured & replaced. 4-47446 DE66 (3,500-5,500)

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2058

EXCEEDINGLY RARE PERIOD LEATHER COVERED BOOK CASING MADE ONLY TO FIT 1ST MODEL COLT DERINGER. This rare orig book casing made only to fit a 1st Model Colt Deringer is circa 1880-1890. Many book casings of a specious nature have turned up in the last fifty years & they are easily recognized. Fakes are cut outs in an old book; real casings like this one are made to appear as a real book but the pages’ appearances are solid cardboard that looks like pages. This book casing is leather bound with the title of “Longfellow’s Poems”. PROVENANCE: Greg Martin Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The exterior, which is covered in brown Moroccan leather, has normal scrapes & wear at the corners & on the spine which is to be expected from a 120 yr old ‘book’. The spine shows in gold leaf “Longfellow’s/Poems”. The spine is completely intact. The corners & edges show wear with small amounts of the surface finishes having been scraped off. The interior of the box shows wine-colored interior, English-style cut-out casing for the 1st Model Colt Deringer which is the only gun that will fit in this case. There is also a walnut block inside the casing which is bored-out to hold six orig 41 cal. short rim fire cartridges & they are remaining. The inside which houses the gun over all the flat surfaces contain a very fine library-grade covering with just one small corner piece missing. This is an exceptionally rare period book casing, probably not Colt but surely of the period. Extremely fine condition if you have the correct gun to go in it. 4-47451 DE71 (750-1,500)

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2059

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. THIRD VARIATION DERINGER. SN 306. Cal. 41 Short RF. Bbl legend reads “D. MOORE.” in one stamp and “PATENTED FEBRUARY 19, 1861” stamped from breech to sight. This piece is void of all engraving except backstrap thumbprint. There are only 4 known examples finished in this manner. This gun is finished in rarely seen silver plated frame and blue bbl that only about 10% of the production was finished in this combination. PROVENANCE: John Battalglia Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is all original and retains 23% of original bright blue finish on the bbl. Brass frame retains 85%+ of original silver plating, except over breech where for some unknown reason silver was removed (probably because original owner’s name was present!). 4-47386 DE8 (1,500-2,500)

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2060

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. THIRD VARIATION DERINGER. . SN 246. Cal. 41 short. This deluxe special factory engraved Derringer is of the third variation of this series, of which they made approximately 425 total pieces. It is one of the very early frames which were originally cut for center fire cartridges. Like all of these the recoil shield has been filled in and the hammer fitted for rim fire shells. The bbl legend reads “D. MOORE” in one stamp and patented “Feb. 19, 1861.” All Moore Derringers are brass framed except one, which was SN 2659, which is iron. There is no explanation for this. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection, John Battaglia Collection. CONDITION: The gun which is deluxe engraved has the rarest of all Moore Derringer finishes. Which is silver framed and blued bbl Only about 10% of the production were finished in this way. This gun retains 75% of the orig blue on the bbl and hammer. 95% of the orig factory silver plate on the frame. 4-47380 DE2 (3,000-5,000)

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2061

MOORE’S PATENT FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. DERINGER. SN 3. This very early model was produced at a time of transition between the 2nd variation and the 3rd variation while they were waiting on bbl stamps to be made. There are only three known guns that are marked in this configuration. PROVENANCE: C.W. Slagel Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The brass frame retains about 20% of the original silver plate, the top of the bbl legend is completely legible showing some wear. The bbl has very minute salt and pepper pitting. No original finish, and there is no original finish on the trigger or hammer. An exceptionally rare gun. Extremely rare. 4-48254 DE126 (2,000-3,500)

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2062

MOORE’S PATENT FIREARMS CO. DERINGER. SN 5. Cal. .41 short rim fire. 1ST Model 4TH variation, SN marked on top of bbl flat by dye stamping: “D. Moore Patented Feb. 19, 1861” running from muzzle to breech. This variation was numbered in its own serial number range to approximately 80 total pieces. All 1st model Moore derringers are brass framed, except one: SN 2659. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This very scarce 4th variation Moore is original in every respect. The brass frame retains 70% of its original silver plating. The bbl retains no original finish and on the right side has been hammered producing about 10 small indentations. No know reason for this . The Moore markings are very clear. There is no original finish on the hammer or the trigger, and is SN 5. 4-48253 DE125 (2,000-3,000)

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2063

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FOURTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 16. Cal. 41 Short RF. Here again, made it in its own SN range up to about 80 total guns. Company legend, from muzzle to breech “D.MOORE PATENT, FEB. 19, 1861”, all in one stamp, with starburst over breech. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is totally original and was originally finished with rare blue bbl and silver plated frame. Engraving on frame is somewhat more deluxe than normal and has abnormally large thumbprint engraving on backstrap, toe and both sides of handle. Front pin sight, which is present, is well worn. 4-47387 DE9 (2,000-3,000)

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2064

MOORE’S PATENT FIREARMS CO. DERINGER. SN 7. Cal. .41 short rim fire. 1st Model, 4th variation, SN marked on top of bbl flat by dye stamping: “D. Moore Patented Feb. 19, 1861” running from muzzle to breech. This variation was numbered in its own serial number range to approximately 80 total pieces. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This very rare 4th variation Moore which was numbered in its own series up to around 80. No more than 15 of these are remaining today. The original silver finish on the brass frame is about 30% remaining. The engraving is still sharp. It has a sunburst engraved over the breech, and the bbl has some small amounts of salt and pepper pitting which are very minute and there is a small 1mm piece missing where the bbl meets the frame at the bbl release button. It is a nice example of a very hard gun to obtain. 4-48252 DE124 (2,000-3,000)

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2065

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 0. Cal. 41 Short RF. This gun is the absolute beginning of the 5th Variation as indicated by SN 0. There are only approximately 20 known examples of this bbl marking. It has no patent dates on bottom of bbl and early style pin front sight. These features were carried over from the first 4 variations. The 1863 patent dates are on top of bbl flat running from muzzle to breech the same as 4th Variation except for the font used in the complete run of the 5th Variation, except in a different reading. This gun is deluxe engraved with a inscription banner just behind the hammer but was never presented. Someone in the past, probably an old time collector, stamped the SN 1725 on left hand side, just above toe of grip. There is a nicely engraved head only, pose of Irish setter on top of breech. PROVENANCE: John Battaliga Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains 98% of original silver finish overall and 75% of original blue on hammer, as well as head of bbl screw. 4-47388 DE10 (3,000-5,000)

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2066

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 956. Cal. 41 Short RF. Early 5th Variation. Additional engraving on both sides of frame as it borders the hammer. Four petal flower engraved over breech. Very fancy thumbprint and toe print on backstrap with one print on each side of frame. Arrow running down each side of bbl which began to appear in early stages of 5th Variation. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is all original, finish in full silver plate 90% remaining. Bbl markings are completely present but very faint because of the extremely thick plating and light stamping that Moore used. A few dents on left side of bbl at breech which appear to have been made by a blunt instrument. It does not deter from overall finish of gun. 4-47389 DE11 (1,500-2,500)

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2067

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 2802. Cal. 41 Short RF. This piece does have extra engraving as well as the seldom seen silver and blue finish, which only about 10% of the production were finished. A four point star is engraved over breech. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains 90% of original bright blue on bbl and 90% of original silver on frame. Most of case color remains on hammer. 4-47392 DE14 (2,000-3,000)

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2068

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 1624. Cal. 41 Short RF. Finished in all silver plate with some deluxe frame engraving. The original owner’s name “Alex Franz Watcell” is engraved on the left bbl side. In script “A.F.Watcell”, although partially ground off, engraving experts have defined it as the name above. Mr. Watcell was found to have arrived in NYC November 13, 1865 from Ireland. He was age 23 at that time. City records show he imminently went to work for Dewitt C. Hayes, a prominent New York banker, as a gardener and handy man. The production date of this piece is approximately summer of 1865. Names are rarely found engraved on deringers of any kind. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun has what appears to be a sunrise over the breech. Gun was finished in overall silver plate and retains 60%+ of original silver on bbl with only traces remaining on brass frame. Some case colors remain on hammer. 4-47394 DE16 (1,200-1,800)

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2069

MOORE’S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 1736. Cal. 41 Short RF. Was finished orig in all silver plate. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 20%. Frame, which has a little more than average engraving retains 65% or orig silver. Good amount of case coloring remaining on hammer. 4-47397 DE19 (900-1,200)

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2070

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER. SN 782. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2″ bbl Rare 1st Model with 2″ bbl has brass frame with factory silver plate overall. Short bbls such as this were made throughout production but limited to 400 specimens. With horn flower leaf design engraved over breech. PROVENANCE: Dennis Levett Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains 90% of finish overall. Traces of silver on hammer. 4-47403 DE25 (2,500-3,500)

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2071

NATIONAL FIREARMS COMPANY, BROOKLYN, NY SHORT BARRELED 1ST MODEL DERINGER. SN 1064. Cal. .41 Short RF. 2″ bbl. Short bbl 1st Model, brass frame. No more than 200 of these were made. This piece is silver plated over the brass framed and has the blued bbl. This combination of blue and silver is very seldom seen. most were all silver plated. It is simply marked, on top of bbl flat “National Arms Company” whereas the regular 2-1/2″ bbl also say “Brooklyn, NY”. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Brass frame is silver plated over all and retains 90% of orig silver. The 2″ bbl, which retains the patent date “February 24, 1863” is the Moore patent date. These short bbl models were made throughout production but in limited quantities. Bbl retains 50% of orig bright blue with fading to patina. 1st Models in this configuration of finish are extremely rare as 90% of production were finished in all silver plate. Retains 50% of orig case color on hammer. 4-47500 DE118 (1,500-2,500)

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2072

NATIONAL FIRE ARMS CO., BROOKLYN, N.Y. DERINGER. SN 2677. Standard .41 Cal rim fire. 1st Model with iron frame and 2-1/2″ bbl. This gun also has the knife blade shell ejector. Marked on the bottom of the bbl is the Moore Pat. date “Pat. Feb. 24, 1863”. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This scarce iron frame 1st Model National was originally with a silver plated iron frame and a blued bbl. There is no original finish apparent. It is fitted with the original knife blade ejector. The gun has no original finish whatsoever, but neither does it have any pitting or nicks or dings in the surface. It is somewhat hard to find in this 2-1/2″ bbl 1st Model because the production of iron frames was only about 15% with 85% being brass frames. 4-48251 DE123 (700-1,000)

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2073

NATIONAL FIRE ARMS CO. 1ST MODEL 2″ BARREL, IRON FRAME DERINGER. SN 2047. cal .41 short rim fire. Marked on top bbl flat “NATIONAL ARMS CO.” Marked on bottom of bbl “PAT. FEB 24, 1863”. The short bbl models were made throughout production, with no more than 400 being produced. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This exceptionally scarce iron frame 2nd Model with a 2″ short bbl was originally made with a silver plated iron frame and a blued bbl. Only traces of blue are apparent on the bbl in the SN area as well as the original Moore patent dates of February 24th, 1863. Only 15% of the original blue is remaining on the bbl. Iron frames throughout the production only occurred about 10-15% at the time, so they are somewhat scarce and hard to find. It has the original knife blade ejector. 4-47504 DE121 (900-1,500)

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2074

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 7317. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2″ bbl. Deluxe 2nd Model National. Secondary number of BX17 on frame under factory pearl grips. Brass frame is gold washed with silver plated bbl. Guns finished in this particular fashion are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains 100% of the old re-silvered finish on bbl, but has very sharp bbl markings and nice engraving. Brass frame, which was orig gold plated, retains traces of gold in protected areas and under orig factory pearl grips, which are extremely rare on National Deringers. Hammer retains strong traces of case colors. Right pearl grip has one repair from a small chip which is hardly noticeable. Additional cartridge ejector still present. 4-47413 DE35 (1,800-2,500)

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2075

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 316. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2″ bbl. Brass frame. Marked on bbl top “NATIONAL ARMS CO. BROOKLYN N.Y.” It is an early production having SN 316. National tried many things early on to make a better, cheaper weapon. Grips on this piece are a prime example. They are plain,non-checkered, second grade walnut that was stained and varnished. They have no escutcheons and are held together by a wood screw. Less than 6 examples are known to have this very rare grip style. This piece has Union soldier’s name engraved on top frame. As this piece was made in late 1864, or early 1865, it could have been carried by Pvt. Albert Lee Ide of Springfield, IL. Pvt. Ide served in Company I, 7th IL Infantry and his service record accompanies the gun. The presence of Civil War soldier’s names on Derringers are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun orig finished in all silver plate. Only traces remain in protected areas. Has the rarely seen plain walnut grips with piano style black varnish, of which 75% still remains. These were the cheapest grips National offered and applied with a wood screw and without benefit of a regular screw and escutcheons. Generally the wood used was very blonde and required a dark varnish to conceal the 2nd quality wood. Grips are completely orig and numbered to the gun. 4-47406 DE28 (900-1,200)

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2076

MATCHED PAIR NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2ND MODEL DERINGERS. SN 7291 & 6943. Cal. 41 Short RF. Short bbl, iron framed. Short barreled Nationals of this type were produced throughout production in limited amounts; no more than 400 were made. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: No orig finish. Originally finished with blued bbls and silver plated frames but retain finish only in protected areas. They show use but no abuse and are a matched pair in every fashion including engraving. Checkered grips show wear but are totally orig to guns and do have some orig varnish. 4-47416 DE38 (1,800-2,600)

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2077

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 3444. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2″ bbl. Brass frame, and bbl with plain, uncheckered walnut grips, orig to gun. It should be noted here that this type of walnut grips, which were in very limited production, saved the buyer $.50 because they were uncheckered and considered an option just as the shell ejection was a $.50 option. Orig finished in rare blue bbl and silver plated frame. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains only traces of orig blue but is very sharp as is the address. Silver plated brass frame retains 90%+ of orig silver and hammer retains 50% orig blue. 4-47409 DE31 (1,400-1,800)

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2078

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 10000. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2″ bbl. Very fanciful engraving in the style of L.D. Nimshke’s shop. This gun bears the SN 10000, which is very close to the end of production of the National line. Has fancy, burl walnut plain uncheckered grips with much of orig varnish remaining. Piece was orig silver plated frame with gold wash over the silver, and blued bbl. Less than 10 examples with this fancier style of engraving on 2nd Model Nationals are known. It is believed that this particular gun was made for a company executive, or may have been made as an exhibition piece by for the 1873 Exposition in Vienna. Gun bears no National Firearms Co. markings on top bbl flat and is very fancifully engraved over breech and onto top flat as well as being chased out to the sights on both sides. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Various pitting scattered over iron frame and bbl. Much of silver and gold wash remain on frame, up to about 30%. A truly magnificent gun. 4-47412 DE34 (2,500-4,000)

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2079

NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER. SN 4634. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2″ bbl. Rare factory finish of blue bbl and silver plate over brass frame. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains 85%+ of orig bright blue on bbl and 90%+ of orig silver on brass frame. Checkered walnut grips are 95% orig varnish and checkering. Truly one of the finest examples, overall of a common variety National. An exceptional addition to any collection. 4-47414 DE36 (2,000-3,000)

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2080

COLT 2ND MODEL DERINGER. SN 9129. Cal. 41 Short RF. SN is a National Firearms Co. number as this item was made at the very first when Colt bought them out using the last of the National parts and the Colt No. 2 bbl Standard Colt 2nd Model markings. Note the plain straight grip tops of the walnut grips that are uncheckered. Both this frame style and the grip style denote that it is a National Firearms iron frame 2nd Model. Less than 10 examples are known in this configuration. Orig finished with blue bbl and silver frame. National ejector blade is present. Also has the .41 caliber stamp which appears just under the bbl release button on the frame and is very rarely seen. PROVENANCE: Richard Little Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains just enough of orig finishes to tell what they were but is a good sharp example of a very rare variation of a Colt 2nd Model. Has seen use but no abuse and is an extremely rare item. 4-47421 DE41 (1,800-2,500)

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2081

SECOND MODEL COLT EARLIEST TYPE DERINGER. ADDRESS: COLONEL COLT, HARTFORD, CT, USA. SN 273. Cal. 41 short rim fire. Bracketed by two Maltese crosses and the number 2. SN 273, the highest known number in this particular series is 1283, which was the previous gun. This early 2nd model has the plain walnut grips that are un-checkered, which is like the Nationals derringer. This example has a frame which was made to use a center hammer or a rimfire hammer. It was finished to shoot 41. cal rim fire ammo, but because the hole was already in the firewall, it could have shot either way. A rarely seen extremely hard to find variation of this gun. It also has the National-type ejector system which Colt adapted. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection CONDITION: The gun was originally finished with a blued bbl, hammer and trigger being case color, and a silver-plated iron frame. Only traces remain on the blue bbl, but the gun overall has a pleasing look. All the silver is gone from the iron frame. Truly a rare variation of this early 2nd M Colt. 4-47425 DE44 (1,500-2,500)

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2082

COLT’S DERINGER PAT. F.A. MFG. CO., HARTFORD CT. USA. SN 3889. 1st model with English proofs. It is fitted with a shell ejector. Its original finish was blued bbl and silver plated frame. Probably sold through the 14 PALL MALL agency in London. PROVENANCE: Elliott Riggs Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This first model Colt was originally finished with a silver plated iron frame and blued finish on the bbl. The frame has no original silver remaining, but is not pitted and has a pleasing overall gunmetal gray finish mixed with patina. 41 Cal is stamped below the bbl release button. The engraving is strong. The bbl screw retains most of its original fire blue. There is a small amount of original blue remaining where the SN is and the British proofs are. The rest of the bbl has faded to patina through lack of proper care. The top bbl flap has a perfect Colt address The hammer retains over 50% of its cased color as does the trigger. 4-47502 DE118 (1,500-2,000)

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2083

COLT DERINGER PAT. F.A. CO. SN 57. 3rd M, 2nd var. About 1900 of this type were made up to SN 2400 there about. It was finished with blued bbl silver plated brass frame, with case colored hammer and trigger. It has burl walnut grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This gun was made originally with a silver plated frame and a blued bbl. Silver plating still remains on 80%+ of the brass frame. The screw heads still retain some fire blue color. The hammer retains probably 40% of the originally case color. The trigger retains only traces. The bbl retains no original blue finish, and has been worn down over the years by cleaning, but still has the legible Colt logo on top of the bbl. The grips which are striped walnut have normal small scratches and some dings from years of service but still retain some portions of their original varnish. 4-47503 DE120 (1,500-2,500)

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2084

3RD MODEL COLT 2ND VARIATION DERINGER. SN 1264. This style deringer was manufactured up to about SN 2400. Then the frame style was changed to make it stronger. This is the 2nd hardest frame style to find. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This 2nd variation high hammer was made with a silver plated frame and blued bbl with 5 blue screws. The silver is remaining over the complete brass frame nearly 100%. The bbl is blued but is fading in probably 50% because of some substance that has been applied that has made the blue come off in about 40% of the bbl. The Colt marking is very clear. The fire blue on all the screws with the exception of one is very clear and apparent. The grips are nice bright color walnut with very few ding or scratches and retain 90%+ of their original varnish. The high hammer retains nearly 100% of its original case color. The trigger retains 90% of its original blue color. An excellent example of this very early rare style Colt 3rd M 2nd var. 4-47501 DE119 (1,500-3,000)

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2085

EXTREMELY NICE HIGH HAMMER COLT 3RD MODEL 3RD VARIATION DERINGER. SN 9943. 41 cal. short-rim fire. COLT P.T.F.A. MFG. CO. This style was made up to serial numbers in the 12,000 range. All these have the high hammer and tight grip curve. If you subtract out the first two Variations, which in their total came to 2,400 pieces, you will see that this high hammer (serial # 9943) was one of the last high hammers to be produced. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This gun has extremely fine, deluxe walnut grips which have few nicks & dents from storage use but not abuse and retains 95%+ of their orig varnish. The high hammer retains 90%+ of its orig case color. The trigger about 50% remaining. The silver plate is about 50%+ still remaining over the entire brass frame. The bbl and bbl retaining screw head retain about 85%+ of its orig bright blue with only one small patch of roughness at the front of the bbl on the left side. An extremely hard gun to find in this condition. Manufactured circa 1873 – 1877. 4-47431 DE51 (1,500-1,200)

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2086

VERY NICE HIGH HAMMER COLT 3RD MODEL 3RD VARIATION DERINGER. SN 5116. 41 cal. short-rim fire Colt 3rd model 3rd type Deringer. Made about mid-range of the production of the high hammer series circa 1873 – 1877. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This gun has very fine extra grade walnut grips which retain 95% of their orig varnish with very few storage marks. The high hammer and trigger retain 90%+ of their orig case colors. The screw heads retain a good portion of their orig fire blue. The brass frame retains 85%+ of the orig silver plate. The bbl retains 75%+ of its orig bright blue with some losses on the left side from storage. A very nice example of a 3rd variation high hammer. 4-47432 DE52 (2,000-3,500)

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2087

EXTREMELY NICE COLT 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION. SN 12693. 41 cal. short rim fire. Third variation of the high hammer made towards the end of the high hammer era, circa 1873 – 1877. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The grips of the gun are deluxe grade walnut which retain 95%+ of their orig varnish with some storage marks. Gun shows some use but no abuse. The brass frame appears to have not retained the silver plate because of flaking for some unknown reason. It is pristine without marks, dings or scratches but only retains 25% of its orig silver plate. The high hammer retains 85%+ of the orig case color. The trigger retains 85% of orig bright blue as do the screw heads. The bbl screw retains 100% of the bright blue. The bbl itself shows some normal wear but still retains at least 75% of its orig bright blue. In all, a very hard gun to obtain in this condition. 4-47433 DE53 (1,200-1,800)

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2088

SCARCE COLT 3RD MODEL 4TH VARIATION FACTORY ENGRAVED IVORY GRIPPED DERINGER. SN E26426. 41 cal. short rim fire. 4th Variation with SN E26426 with “G” where grip screw goes through the frame. The “E” in the SN indicates it was sent out for factory engraving. It has NYC Nimschke style engraving in the Class “C” coverage. The factory ivory grips are also rare in that they are checkered. This feature is seldom seen. This gun was orig finished in all silver and blued screws, hammer and trigger. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun retains 85%+ of the orig case color on the hammer & trigger and some fire blue on the screws. It does not retain any of its orig overall silver plating but is a very nice, sharp light patina gun with excellent Class “C” style factory engraving. The factory ivory grips have some mellowing from handling and minor age cracks. Other than that they are nearly perfect in every respect with very sharp checkering. 4-47435 DE55 (2,000-3,000)

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2089

3RD MODEL 3RD VARIATION COLT DERINGER WITH LEATHER HOLSTER, CUT AWAY STYLE. SN 36999. 41 cal. short rim fire. This gun is factory engraved in the “C” class overall and has the orig ivory grips. The “E” in the SN shows it was chosen at the factory for engraving. It includes a British Proof mark on the bottom of the bbl. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun which was overall silver plated retains only traces on the interiors only. The gun has seen use but no abuse. It has the “E” classification in front of the SN which denotes that it was sent out for engraving. The engraving patterns denote many of the characteristics of the Nimschke shop. A good bit of the hammer & trigger case color is still remaining. The ivory grips which are factory orig to the piece have mellow yellow age patina with age cracks but no separations. The gun is a rare variation, very highly engraved & exceptional for its 3rd variation. It is accompanied by a period leather holster which is suede-lined on the inside & smooth brown leather on the exterior with white thread stitching. It is a cut-away type holster which only a 3rd Model will fit. It is in excellent condition with slight scuffing on the rear of the holster loop. 4-47444 DE64 (3,000-4,500)

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2090

EXCEPTIONALLY ENGRAVED, PROBABLY BY L.D. NIMSCHKE HIMSELF, COLT 3RD MODEL 3RD VARIATION WITH LEATHER HOLSTER. SN 4754. 41 cal. short rim fire. Standard “COLT” in lg ltrs on bbl top. This piece is of the tight grip style with high hammer. It is Class “C”, totally factory engraved with factory pearl grips. It is one of the finest engraved Colt Deringers known, finished with blued bbl & silver plated frame. It may have been made as an exhibition piece. It is accompanied by its custom-made leather holster. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The case color on the high hammer has 85% remaining with very little remaining on the trigger. The screws which were all fire blued still have some of that feature remaining. The grips which are factory pearls are nearly perfect in every respect with good luster & very little wear. The brass frame which was orig silver plate overall still retains about 40% of its orig finish. The bbl which is profusely engraved on both sides & at the muzzle retains about 40% of its orig blue on the bottom of the bbl & top of bbl. The gun is accompanied by its orig English-style leather holster which is of the period & in very nice condition other than age cracks in the leather flap. 4-47442 DE62 (4,000-6,000)

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2091

SPECIAL UNIQUE EXPERIMENTAL COLT 3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 45416. 41 cal. short rim fire. Designed to have a stronger locking latch with a special steel insert held in place by a screw into the brass frame to give the locking bolt more strength. This piece was made towards the end of the production, circa 1915. It was sold in England & has proofs. It has a high hammer for which there is no explanation, other than when assembled at Hartford they were using what they had on hand. This piece was modified at the recoil shield. There is a metal insert milled into the recoil shield where the locking bolt touches that area. It is held in place with a screw that can be seen externally. Apparently, someone thought that the new ammo coming out might need that area to be extra strong. PROVENANCE: William Locke Collection, Malcolm Aterburn Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The blued bbl which has English proofs has 90% of the orig bright blue remaining, with some wear on the edges & at the muzzle & some small flaking around the Colt logo. The nickel frame which has 98% of the orig nickel finish remaining does have some nicks & scratches showing use but no abuse. The left side of the frame is stamped “41 CAL.”. The gun is a 5th Variation, probably made 20-odd years after the first 3 variations of this gun (all of which had high hammers). There is no explanation for the fact that this gun has a high hammer other than the fact that Colt sometimes used whatever was at hand around the shop to complete the gun. Since this was an experimental model which never did go into production, they probably didn’t care. Then it was shipped off to London, to their 14 Pell Mell store, to be sold in England. 90% case color remains on the high hammer, 70% blue remains on the trigger. The grips which are walnut have some nicks & dings but retain 90% of their orig varnish & are still bright & not oil stained. 4-47449 DE69 (2,500-3,500)

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2092

EXTREMELY NICE 3RD MODEL COLT 5TH VARIATION DERINGERS WITH FULL NICKEL OVERALL AND FACTORY PEARL GRIPS. SN 7790. 41 cal. short rim fire. Standard large “COLT” letters on bbl top. Finished in all nickel with blue screws & factory pearl grips. This open grip style was made as the last in the 3rd model series circa 1880 to 1910-1920 with a total of about 48,000. A total production of all types is estimated at 60,000 to 70,0000. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun retains 99% of its orig factory nickel finish having only a few scratches & so forth from improper storage. All the screws retain all of their orig fire blue. The hammer & trigger both have full coverage of the orig case hardening. “41 CAL” is stamped on the frame below the firewall. The factory pearl grips are nearly perfect in every respect having lots of luster and few scratches. 4-47440 DE60 (1,500-2,500)

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2093

EXTREMELY FINE COLT 3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 9631. 41 cal. short rim fire. This piece is a 5th variation and one of the last to be made in that is has a blued hammer & trigger. All earlier Deringers have case colored triggers & hammers. It is SN 9631, showing this variation was serial numbered in at least 3 separate numbering series. It is finished in nickel plate & blue with factory pearl grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The brass frame retains nearly 100% of the orig nickel plate & is stamped “41 CAL” on the left side of the frame below the firewall. All screws as well as the trigger retain their orig fire blue color. The hammer retains 70% of its orig color. The bbl retainer screw shows small indications of misuse. The bbl itself retains 90%+ of the orig bright blue having a storage wear line on the left top of the bbl. Other than that it is as issued. It has the orig factory pearl grips which are perfect in every respect and retain most of their natural luster. 4-47436 DE56 (1,200-2,400)

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2094

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE 5TH VARIATION COLT 3RD MODEL DERINGER. SN 40045. 41 cal. short rim fire. 5th variation. It is the last type made and is finished with a nickel plated brass frame and blued bbl with case colored trigger & hammer. The fancy burl walnut grips are factory. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun retains nearly 100% of the orig nickel finish over the brass frame. The case colored hammer & trigger retain total coverage. All screws are fire blue with generous portions of the blue remaining. The bbl retains 85%+ of the orig bright blue with several light patches of brown patina from storage. The frame also has the “41 CAL.” stamp which is common to this variation. The grips, which are deluxe grade walnut, are bright in every respect with no oil coloring and retain nearly 100% of their orig varnish with only a few storage marks present. An extremely nice example of this variation. 4-47439 DE59 (1,500-2,500)

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2095

VERY FINE FULL NICKEL COLT 3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGER. SN 42446. 41 cal. short rim fire. 5th Variation. This gun was manufactured towards the end of production but was carried in the line in all the Colt catalogs through 1912. It should be noted here that in this particular variation it has been proven, without a doubt, that these SNs were started over again at least twice, making earlier estimates of 48,000 total in all of the previous written books by all authors is incorrect. It is estimated because of this fact that a total production – of all five of the variations – number at least 60,000 to 70,000. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun retains 99% of its orig overall nickel finish. The hammer retains nearly 100% of its orig case color, 60%+ of the orig blue on the trigger. All screws have nice fire blue color. The select walnut grips have minor storage marks only and retain 95%+ of their orig varnish and are nice & bright in color with no oil staining. The frame is stamped “41 CAL.” 4-47437 DE57 (1,000-1,500)

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2096

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 32732. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun has a “C” where the grip screw goes in the frame. It has 100% nickel finish with blued screws and case color hammer & trigger. Grips are walnut. Piece has “.41 Cal” and Rampant Colt & “C” and the “#14” which is an incomplete stamping for “14 Pall Mall” because of the large stamping which was used that was usually for longer guns. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Finished in overall nickel with blued screws. Frame retains nearly 100% coverage, does have some scratching but only on left side of frame. Retains Rampant Colt and “C” which denotes sale by Von Oppen at Colt 14 Pall Mall , London agency. Also has “41 Cal” stamp. Bbl retains 98% of orig nickel having only 2 small flakes missing on left hand side where the bbl meets the firewall. Normal British proofs on bottom of bbl. Trigger retains at least 50%+ of orig case color, hammer retains 90% of orig color and the dark walnut grips retain most of their orig varnish with small amounts of wear. A very nice example from the Colt agency. 4-47468 DE88 (1,500-2,500)

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2097

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 43601. Cal. .41 Short RF. English proofed and sold in London, England by F.T. Baker, 88 Fleet St. It has an unusual marking, in that it has engraved on the backstrap ” F.T. Baker GUN MANUFACTURER LONDON” along with the standard dealership address. Finished in standard nickel and blue with walnut grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun was orig finished with blued bbl and screws and nickel frame. Marked “41 Cal” on left side of frame and has English proofs and the rare backstrap marking. Normally the engraving would have the Fleet St. address. Both are correct. Bbl retains only traces of orig blue in protected areas. Has nice overall patina over rest of bbl with some salt and pepper pitting at the muzzle end on right side. Brass frame, which is overall nickel, does have some flaking around trigger housing area area on right side and some wear to edges on left side of recoil shield and edge of trigger housing area. The F.T. Baker markings are nearly perfect in every respect but do have some flaking on “Baker” because of the engraved address, in every instance, was cut through the finish. Walnut grips have minor wear but retain 90%+ of orig varnish. A very hard dealership marking to obtain. 4-47467 DE87 (900-1,500)

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2098

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN P37561. Cal. .41 Short RF. “H” assemblers’ stamp on grip frame. Piece was finished with silver plated frame and blued bbl, and burl walnut grips. Piece was imported by Von Oppen and has the “.41 CAL” and Rampant Colt and “C” in left side of frame. Sold to E.M.Reilly & Co. London, as evidenced by dealership name on right side of frame. This double dealership stamping is seldom seen. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Orig finished with silver plated frame and blued bbl. Traces of silver only under grips on frame. Frame retains “C” and Rampant Colt denoting sale at 14 pall Mall agency. Right side has engraved standard “E.M. Reilly & Co. LONDON” markings showing bought at 14 Pall Mall then resold by Reilly. Bbl retains only traces of blue on right side where ejector housing is. Remainder of bbl is gun metal gray and smooth. Deluxe grade walnut grips are completely all present except one small gouge measuring approx. 5 or 6 mm x 3 mm on back side of right grip near frame. Otherwise they are nearly perfect and retain 50% of orig varnish with normal use and wear markings. A hard example to obtain. 4-47470 DE90 (1,500-2,000)

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2099

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION. SN 15753. Cal. .41 Short RF. Finished with blued bbl and silver plated frame with fancy walnut grips. British proofed, probably sold by Von Oppen in London. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun has normal British proof marks on bottom of bbl. Orig finished with silver plated frame and blued bbl. Silver flaked off of frame except for very small areas in protected areas. Although not marked with Von Oppen stamping was probably distributed through the 14 Pall Mall agency as were 90%+ of all English proofed Colt weapons. Bbl retains 50%+ of orig bright blue having been worn down by improper storage. and lack of oil. Fire blued screws retain good portion of color. Trigger retains 75% of case color. Hammer retains 75%+ of orig case color. Walnut grips are fancy grade have normal wear and some dinging but still retain 90%+ of their orig varnish. 4-47469 DE89 (1,200-1,500)

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2100

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 39391. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun has “H-3” inside of grip frame. Piece was finished with a silver plated frame and blue bbl and walnut grips. “.41 Cal” stamp on left side frame and Rampant Colt & “C” on right side frame denoting sold in London by Von Oppen to T.W. Watson at #4 Pall Mall, London and these markings are engraved down the backstrap showing it was sold by them. Double dealership markings like this are seldom seen. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun orig finished with silver plated frame and blue bbl. Frame retains only traces of silver in protected areas. Blue bbl, which has normal proofs on bottom, retains 65% or orig bright blue with losses on ejector housing and above due to improper storage. Some wear to muzzle end on left hand side. Hammer retains 75% of orig case color. Trigger retains 50% of orig blue finish but does have some pitting probably cause by finger perspiration years ago. Walnut grips have some small nicks and scratches but are mostly as issued and nearly 100% or orig varnish and bright in color and not oil stained. 4-47472 DE92 (1,400-1,800)

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2101

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION. SN 6225. Cal. .41 Short RF. Imported into England by Holland & Holland, Proof marks are on side of frame and bbl instead of the normal stamping on bottom of bbl. Blued bbl, silver plated frame and burl walnut grips. PROVENANCE: C.W. Selgle Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Orig finished with blued bbl and silver plated frame with case colored hammer and trigger and blued screws. Only brief traces of silver remaining in protected areas and no markings other than proofs both on bbl over ejector housing and on frame on right hand side just under housing. Probably this gun was one that Von Oppen had complained about for Colt selling to dealers that he normally sold to thus cutting into his business. Colt soon ceased and all Colts were then sold to other dealers through the 14 Pall Mall agency. The engraved backstrap markings of Holland & Holland are rare and to Mr. Eberhart’s knowledge only one other with these markings is known. Bbl retains no orig blue finish but is smooth, gun metal gray. The high hammer has 50% case color with fading as does the trigger. Deluxe walnut grips have normal nicks and dings from use and still retains 75% orig varnish. A truly rare dealership gun. 4-47477 DE97 (1,500-2,500)

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2102

EXTREMELY RARE IF NOT UNIQUE WEBLEY & SCOTT DERINGER. SN 32. 41 cal. short-rim fire. Made by the Webley & Scott Revolver & Arms Co. Ltd. located at 81-91 Weaman Street, Birmingham, England. This Deringer style pistol was made circa 1897-1900. It is serial #32 and was probably an attempt by them to cash in on the popularity of Colt’s 3rd Model. It bears a striking resemblance to the 3rd Model Colt. However the ejector system and bbl locking parts are completely different. Less than 50 were made. Although this piece bears the serial #32, no other collector or dealer that we know of has ever seen another one of this type. Mr. Eberhart feels this is a unique piece. PROVENANCE: John Battaglia Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Almost as-issued, having nearly 100% coverage of the orig silver plate on the steel frame. The hammer and trigger which were finished in the bright are still as-issued. All screws as well as the bbl locking pin on the bottom of the frame retain their very nice bright fire blue. The bbl still retains the English proofs and on the left side of the bbl flat the maker’s name appears “WEBLEYS/PATENT” next to that is the winged bombshell pattern and the initials “W&S” which was the Webley & Scott logo seen on most of their weapons. The bbl retains 95% orig bright blue with only several spots of light flaking. The gun throughout appears to never have been fired. The grips are very nice light colored walnut retaining all of their orig varnish with very few nicks & dents from storage. A must have for a 3rd Model Colt collector. 4-47430 DE50 (3,500-5,500)

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2103

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION. SN 21613. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun has British proofs but also “NEW YORK” stamped on one side of frame and “W.F. & Co” encased stamped on other side. All markings appear to be old and orig. Perhaps the piece went to England with a Wells Fargo shipment and was proofed when it entered the country. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Orig finished with silver plated frame and blue bbl. None of orig finish is apparent. Traces of case color can be seen on hammer and trigger. Proof marks on bbl are on right side just above the ejector housing, which is not the norm. Gun has seen a lot of use as was normal on most Wells Fargo weapons. Walnut grips have normal use markings with no wood loss but normal scratches and dings. 4-47471 DE91 (1,500-2,000)

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2104

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 42964. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun has “D” where grip screw goes through the frame. It is finished in 100% nickel with blued screws, hammer & trigger. It is fitted with walnut grips. Piece was marketed and marked by Watson & Hancock, London on right side of frame. On the reverse frame it has the “.41 CAT” stamp instead of the standard “.41 CAL” stamp. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Orig finished in all nickel with blued screws. Evidently an incorrect stamp was made by Watson & Co. Dealership marking is considered rare. Frame retains 90% nickel having some wear on firewall portion on left side of frame and at bottom edge. Fire blued screws still have some color remaining. Bbl has normal English proofs has some flaking loss of orig nickel plate on right hand side and some through wear on left hand side on rear portion of bbl and top portion of ejector frame housing. Trigger retains most of orig blue and hammer retains most of orig case color with some fading. Walnut grips retain only about 50% of orig varnish, loss through use but not abuse. 4-47473 DE93 (1,500-2,000)

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2105

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 7750. Cal. .41 Short RF. SN 7750. Finished with nickel frame and blued bbl with walnut grips. Has secondary SN 16706 on right hand forward part of frame, which was applied by the London dealer. Backstrap reads “Cogswell & Harrison, LTD./141 New Bond St & 226 Stand, London”. Stamped “.41 CAL.” on left side of frame. Address is all hand cut engraving. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun orig finished with nickel frame and blued bbl, bright fire blued screws and walnut grips. Trigger retains a good portion, 50% orig blue, hammer retains 85% of case color with some fading. Bbl retains only about 30% of orig blue on right hand side of gun and no finish whatsoever on left hand side, probably due to improper storage of laying on cloth. Walnut grips have several small gouges on left hand grip. Other than that both grips have normal wear, dings and scratches from regular use and retains 90% of orig varnish. A truly rare dealership marked 3rd Model. 4-47474 DE94 (1,500-2,500)

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2106

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 5467. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun is finished in all nickel with blued screws, hammer and trigger. Secondary SN 1769. Walnut grips and frame is marked “.41 CAL” and bbl side is stamped “R. JONES/MANCHESTER ST/LIPOOL.” PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Orig finished in overall nickel plate and blue screws. Frame has 85% orig nickel remaining with some wear on firewall portion of frame. Hammer retains 85% orig case color with some fading. Trigger retains 50% of blue finish with fading. Bbl, which has normal proof marks on bottom, retains 50% of orig nickel and does have some fine pitting on firewall end of ejector housing portion of bbl and a small amount at the muzzle with some flaking. On left hand rear portion of bbl flat there is the very rare dealership marking noted above. It cannot be stressed too much how rare the dealership markings are as they are very seldom seen. Walnut grips have seen use but no abuse and show no loss of wood and retain 60%+ of orig varnish. 4-47475 DE95 (1,500-2,500)

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2107

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION. SN 34949. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun is British proofed and has Rampant Colt with “C” denoting that is was sold by Baron Von Oppen through the 14 Pall Mall London agency. Gun was a special order as it has a factory gold washed frame with blued bbl. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun orig finished with special order factory gold wash over brass frame and with blued screws that retain some of their color. Stamped on left side of frame “.41 CAL”. Frame retains approx 60%+ of orig gold plate. Bbl, which was overall blue, shows wear on forward part of right side of bbl as well as ejector housing portion. Good coverage on top and some wear on left due to storage. Overall retains at least 60% of orig blue. Hammer, which was orig case colored, retains 50% with some fading. Trigger retains some orig case color finish, but fading. Walnut grips have small storage marks through normal usage but still retain 90%+ of orig varnish and are nice and bright in color with very little oil stain. An exceptionally rare, finished gun. 4-47476 DE96 (1,500-2,500)

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2108

COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER COPY. SN 1. Cal. .41 Short RF. This piece is a faithful copy except for the indentation at the top of the walnut grips like a 2nd Model Colt Deringer. It was finished in nickel overall. SN 1 appears on right grip frame under grips and Spanish proofs and import #349 are stamped on the bbl and frame side. Manufacture is uncertain, but probably Ebar Bros., Spain. There are two more examples of this very uncommon Deringer. Both are engraved and one has ivory grips . One has a 2 digit SN and the other 3 digits. PROVENANCE: Malcolm Aterburn Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun orig finished in overall nickel and an attempt to manufacture a fairly close copy of American Colt 3rd Model to be sold in Europe. Unlike the Colt this gun has an iron frame. The iron frame has probably 50% of orig nickel still remaining. All screw heads were nickeled with most still present. Large Colt which appears on top of bbl, similar to American Colt, is the same size but instead of being stamped it is engraved. Hammer spur is somewhat different as is the grip shape which is also somewhat smaller and with an indenture like 2nd Model Colts. Bbl does have some small pitting on ejector housing portion and some small amounts up over ejector housing portion but very minor. Also some minor pitting underneath ejector housing on frame, which is very fine. At one time, in the past, someone has attempted to drive a nail with the bottom portion of the grip frame and resulting in scarring that portion of the grip frame and the wooden grips. It is chambered for the orig .41 cal. Short RF cartridge, 4-47478 DE98 (1,000-2,000)

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2109

EXTREMELY RARE BOX OF ELY BROS. LIMITED LONDON .41 SHORT CENTRAL FIRE CARTRIDGES. Cal. .41 Short CF. This extremely rare 50 round box was produced in England, especially for the 2nd Model Colt Deringer which was made to shoot them. Less than 10 guns are known and even fewer boxes of ammunition. In regards to why Center Fire cartridges are used in English market Colt Deringer it is apparent from Baron Von Oppen’s letter to Colt in Hartford on May 7, 1870: he states there was a problem with RF Cartridges. The shells referred to were being made by Ely Bros., London. He state that early on their RF “the explosion bulges out the base if the cartridge so that the shoulder or flange becomes round, offering no hold to the extractor,” Probably caused by an excessive amount of powder; this was later corrected. Von Oppen experimented with altering the Deringer to CF, and then eventually ordered improved RF cartridges from Union Metallic Cartridge Co. This solved the problem. This letter explains the rarity of Ely Bros early style RF cartridges and also their .41 cal CF cartridges. It also explains why there are so few CF Colt #2 Models fitted for CF shells. NOTE: This letter is quoted on pp.109 of Parson’s Deringer book. PROVENANCE: James Hollem Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This extremely rare box of Ely’s .410 (which was their standard for .41 Cal) has label marked “Ely’s Waterproof Central Fire Cartridges Made Expressly for Colt’s Deringer and Other Pistols”. The bottom of the label says “Ely Bros, Limited Manufacturers, London”. Label has some of the lower edges, probably no more than 1-2 mm missing but none of the lettering is absent. Part of the sealing tape is missing and shows wear. These boxes are extremely rare and are even rarer than the Colt’s 2nd Model that they were made for. 4-47495 DE108 (5,000-8,000)

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2110

FULL BOX OF 50 ELEY BROS. .410 SHORT RIM FIRE CARTRIDGES. Cal. .410 Short RF. Mfg. by Eley Bros. London. They have the “E” Head stamp. These cartridges were made for Colt Deringers being marketed in England and are marked “Made Expressly for Derringers and Other Pistols”. Circa 1880-1900. PROVENANCE: Senator Charles Ford Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Seal is partially opened but on one side and sealed on other three indicating that is has never been opened. Box is in excellent condition having never been opened. Boxes of this type are rare with only 15 being known to exist and its addition to a collection would be a must for anyone collecting English Colt Deringers. 4-47494 DE113 (2,500-3,500)

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2111

EMPTY, RARE BOX OF ELEY BROs. .410 CENTRAL FIRE CARTRIDGES. An exceptionally rare box of Eley’s .410 CF cartridges. The box is marked on faded green label “50 .410 Eley’s Waterproof Central Fire Cartridges” and ” Made Expressly for Deringer and other Pistols”. These were the type of cartridges made for the 2nd Model Colt and are of a later vintage of the red labels, which is offered here in this collection. PROVENANCE: John Malloy Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Fading and smudging but with a complete label and is all there except for being empty. There are probably no more than 6 or 8 of this type of cartridge box in existence, full or empty. 4-47493 DE114 (1,500-2,500)

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2112

FULL, UNOPENED BOX OF UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO. OF 50 .41 SHORT RF CARTRIDGES. Cal. .41 Short RF. Circa 1871. This very early box is marked on top “For Colt’s New Derringer” and was probably the first type ammo sold with the 1st and 2nd Type Variations of the 3rd Model Colt Deringer, which is shown on the label. Extremely rare. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Seal is partially broken but box has never been opened. Completely full. The picture of the 1st Type, 3rd model, bubble framed, high hammer is on the top label. The label, which is somewhat faded due to improper storage in a light area is all clear and readable. One tiny corner, 3mm x 3mm, is missing; otherwise all intact. This ammunition box is considered by Colt collectors and well as Deringer collectors as being the first type .41 Short RF made for Colt’s new 3rd Model which came out at the end of 1870. No more than 10 examples of this very rare box are in existence today. 4-47483 DE103 (4,500-7,500)

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2113

RARE FULL BOX OF UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO., .41 CAL. SHORT RF CARTRIDGES. Cal. .41 Short RF. This box is marked for breech loading Deringers. and is sought after by most Deringer collectors because boxes marked “Made Especially For Deringer” are considered rare. Probably no more than 15-20 of these boxes exist today. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This full box, although opened, still has complete sealing wrapper. The deep blue label is near perfect and very bright in color with no staining. 4-47482 DE102 (1,500-2,000)

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2114

UNOPENED, SEALED, FULL BOX OF UNION METALLIC .41 CARTRIDGES. Cal. .41. 50 Round box of .41 Short RF cartridges manufactured by Union Metallic Cartridge Company, Bridgeport, CT. This very rare box of ammunition is sealed and full with a nearly perfect light blue label and black lettering. It reads on the top label “For/Breech Loading Derringers”. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Fully sealed, unopened box with bright, clear, wonderful label that is all intact. One of the best known examples out of the 12 or so in existence. 4-47496 DE116 (1,200-2,000)

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2115

FULL BOX OF 50 ELEY BROS. LDT, MANUFACTURERS, LONDON .41 SHORT RF CARTRIDGES. Cal. .410/.41. Top label is marked “made expressly for Derringers and other pistols”. PROVENANCE: C.W. Slagle, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This brown carton has part of the top label missing at left top, but all writing is clear and legible. Some scrapes from age and some soiling on bottom and edges. Considered to be a rare box of cartridges which is opened, but full. 4-47492 DE112 (700-1,000)

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2116

LOT OF EIGHT BOXES OF .41RF AMMUNITION. 1) This rare box of U.S. Cartridge Co .41 Long RF cartridges was produced for the general gun trade, but expressly for the XL Deringer made by Hopkins & Allen, circa 1870-1875. They were chambered for this cartridge and advertised the piece as the most powerful pocket pistol available, for that reason. CONDITION: Entirely sealed and never opened. Full. Top box label is perfect in every respect though shows some minor staining from handling. 2) Full box of US Cartridge Co, .41 short RF cartridges made for Deringer trade. Difficult to obtain in this caliber and in any condition. Cartridges in box have raised “U.S.” impressed in a circle and bullet itself has a narrow band around their circumference. “Jack Martin April 27, 1917 (?)” in ink on box. Perhaps a previous owner name. CONDITION: Though seal is broken it is full. Top label in very nice condition, but has some scraping and discoloration. 3) Full box of 50 United States Cartridge Co. .41 Short RF have an indented head stamp “U.S.” in a circle. These are circa 1868-1878. Box has been opened but is completely full. CONDITION: A little of the end piece of the sealing tape on each end is missing. Top label has some fading because of exposure to light but is otherwise near perfect. 4) Full box of Union Metallic .41 Short RD cartridges is marked “SWAGED BULLETS”, and supposedly have a hardness to the lead that is not obtainable in a poured bullet. On bottom of box, there is a guarantee: “In the following arms: Smith & Wesson, Colt, Winchester, Marlin, Remington, Savage and others properly constructed as is”. CONDITION: Top label does have some staining but is completely legible and complete in its entirety and can be read easily. 5) Full box of Peters Cartridge Company .41 Short RF cartridges. CONDITION: Label is still completely readable but has had masking tape applied and then removed resulting in some smudging and discoloration. End piece of top of carton is missing on one end. 6) Full, unopened box of Remington UMC .41 Short RF cartridges. “Especially adapted for .41 Remington, Colt and Other Arms” thereby meaning Deringers and Boy’s Rifles. CONDITION: Excellent, unopened and sealed condition. Coloration is very sharp. 7) Full box of 50 Winchester Repeating Arms Co. in .41 Short RF. Manufactured in New Haven, CT. It should be noted that these boxes were made for .41 Short RF single shot rifles generally are marked “Made for Rifles” because there was a tax that had to be paid on .41 Short bullets made for pistols! CONDITION: The green Winchester label is near perfect in every respect having some small amounts of staining, but legible. It has been opened and part of sealing tape is missing. 8) Full box of Remington UMC .41 Short RF cartridges. Marked on side label “Specially adapted for 41 Remington, Colt and other arms”. An excellent example of this particular box style. CONDITION: The complete label has some fading and some discoloration from soiling and is completely legible. Sealing tape is all present. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: As noted above. A wonderful assort of Deringer Cartridge boxes 4-47484, 4-47485, 4-47486, 4-47487, 4-47488, 4-47489, 4-47490, 4-47491 DE104 (2,500-3,500)

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2117

LOT OF FOUR RARE DERINGER ADVERTISING ITEMS. 1) National Arms Company Advertising Pamphlet. This rare 11″ x 8 1/4″ four page pamphlet which dates 1865-66 is published by George Hickcox who is selling National Arms Derringers and revolvers in New York. One sheet shows good details of the National Derringer with instructions for loading. Another sheet shows details of the National revolver. The other two sheets show pricing and the last sheet has testimonials. 2) Four page Colt Advertisement. This rare 1872 four page pamphlet measures about 16″ x 9″ and is framed with double-sided plexiglass such that both sides of open pamphlet can be read. As can be seen in photos Colt is advertising their new patented Deringer along with National Deringers that Colt is now manufacturing from the company they had earlier purchased. This pamphlet also advertises early Colt Army cartridge revolvers and 44 cal, along with Navy & House pistols. This very rare 1872 dated advertisement could not be located elsewhere. Pictured on p.39 “The Collecting of Deringers Manufactured by Moore, National & Colt”. CONDITION: Advertisement overall is in very good sound condition with some cracking at central fold with light soiling & discoloration as can be seen in photos. 3) National Firearms Advertisements 1866. This ad which consists of a couple sheets pieced together from the Nov.24,1966 Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper which nicely illustrate both types of National Deringers and their revolver. A quote from article reads “A person of only ordinary intelligence can load and fire from ten to twelve charges per minutes. The pistol can be converted into a species of ‘knuckle’ that can strike a man senseless (if not dead).” Pictured in part on p.40 of “The Collecting of Deringers Manufactured by Moore, National & Colt”. 4) Framed B. Kittredge & Co. Advertisement Sheet for Colt Firearms 1874. This large 17 1/2″ x 12″ ad from Dec.11,1874 publication entitled The Turf, Field & Farm shows 5 Colt models including their Deringer and SAA advertised as “The Peace Maker”. Colt’s logo is found in the upper right hand corner of the ad with details on each gun as can be seen in photos. This is the only copy of this Kittredge ad we can locate. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Generally very good as seen in images. 4-47418, 4-47419, 4-47420, 4-47507 JS54 (2,000-3,000)

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2118

SPECIAL ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOT. This lot consists of twelve past Julia auction firearm catalogs, together with their prices realized list. These catalogs serve as a valuable reference source. We regularly sell our past auction catalogs to collectors and dealers alike for that purpose. Please also note: The entire proceeds of this lot (to include the 15% buyer’s premium), shall be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. St. Jude’s is one of the finest hospitals in North America today for the research and care of children afflicted with cancer. We hope that you will consider competing on this lot, we consider it to be an extremely worthwhile cause and we have dedicated ourselves to include similar lots in every single one of our auctions, the proceeds of which will be donated to St. Jude’s. Thank you for your participation. CONDITION: Very Good. 87112-1 (300-400)

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2121

EXTREMELY RARE CASED PAIR OF SPECIAL ORDER HENRY DERINGER PERCUSSION PISTOLS. Cal. 50. Rare pair of Deringer pistols with 3-1/2″ ovoid shaped bbls, dovetailed German silver front sights and fixed rear sights that are part of the top tangs. Top flats of the bbls have the large left hand marking “DERINGER / PHILADA.”. The breech plugs have two silver bands and are engraved with an unusual star & dot pattern on the top flat with a small “P” proof on the left top flat. The bolsters each have the identical star & dot patterns which is extremely unusual. Lockplates are of the smallest size, usually found only on the peanut size derringers. Lockplates, hammers & top tangs have the usual Deringer-style engraving. Mounted in 1-pc walnut stocks with checkered bird head grips and German silver furniture, secured with a sgl key through bow tie escutcheons. Also, most unusually, the bbls are finished brown without the lightning bolt patterns usually found on Deringer pistols. The stock of one pistol is hand carved on left side of top tang “WE” and “JK” on right side. Both stocks have shield shaped thumb plates with small ball drops at the bottom. Accompanied by their orig black leather covered, burgundy velvet lined, French fitted case compartmented in the bottom for both pistols, a ribbed 3-compartment powder, ball & cap flask with angle spout, a sgl cavity ball nutcracker mold with sprue cutter, a rosewood brass tip orig rammer, a rosewood & brass tool with concealed worm, a horn handled modern replacement turn screw and a horn handled nipple wrench with vent pick screwed into the butt. Covered corner compartments contain a lead ball and the other functioning key. These pistols were the subject of a 3-page article by Doug Eberhart which appeared in Man at Arms for the Gun Collector, Volume 33, No. 6, 2011. Mr. Eberhart relates how the quest to rejoin this pair of pistols began in about 1977 at the Las Vegas Gun Show where he saw the first pistol but passed on purchasing it. In 1980 he did purchase its mate at the Orlando Gun Show and sold it to a collector friend. After several years had passed he was back at the Las Vegas Gun Show and saw a Deringer pistol that he thought was the one he had sold his friend. He immediately called his friend and learned that the first one was still in his collection. So he returned to the gun show table and purchased the second gun. He offered it to his friend to reunite the pair but the friend declined and refused to sell the one he had to Mr. Eberhart. Several years later the friend who owned the first Deringer called and said that he was retiring and wanted to sell his collection, which Mr. Eberhart arranged to purchase. Sometime later he learned that another friend, Tom Wibberly, was selling his collection. Discussion with Mr. Wibberly at the Baltimore show disclosed that he owned a dbl casing for Deringer pistols. A deal was struck and Mr. Eberhart purchased the casing which, as it turned out, beyond any doubt, is the orig casing for this pair of pistols. It is known that dbl casings for Deringer pistols are specific to individual arms and are hand fitted. Other similar pistols usually will not fit. Mr. Eberhart initially tried one of his pistols in the case but it did not lay in the recess correctly. Reversing the pistol to the other recess, it fit perfectly and the second pistol fit perfectly in the first recess. Mr. Eberhart, in this article, reports technical information about these pistols, stating they were manufactured circa 1845-1850 as determined by the size & shape of the hammer and design of the finial. He states that the bbl address on the top flat is forward of where it normally is found. He states that this marking first appeared on the third & final lock style of the Model 1817 Flintlock Contract Rifle and again on the Model 1842 Navy pistols, which all ties in with the period of these Deringers. He also states that the small lockplates came into being in the 1848-1850 period and that the 50 caliber of these pistols is unusual when they were normally 44 caliber. This article is hand signed by Mr. Eberhart “To my buddy Joe / Best Wishes”. You will also find this exact cased set presented with a full page color picture on page 59 of Henry Deringer Pistols by L.D. Eberhart. CONDITION: Pistols are nearly identical in condition with one retaining 85-90% orig brown on the bbl and dark case colors on the breech block & hammer, lockplate is mostly faded to silver. Stock has a few chips & nicks, a crack by the lockplate screw and retains most of a hand worn patina with possibly a wiped-on additional finish. The second pistol retains thin brown finish on the bbl with dark case colors on breech block & hammer and the lockplate mostly turned silver. Stock on this pistol is sound with a few light nicks and retains a hand worn patina with a light added finish. Mechanics are fine, strong clean bores. Case shows some losses around the front and lightly on the edges with a crack in the bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig black leather finish; interior is heavily faded with light soil and some deterioration of the lining around the pistol recesses; accessories are fine. 4-47707 JR243 (25,000-35,000)

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2122

FINE MATCHED PAIR OF HENRY DERINGER’S MADE FOR CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH MARKET. SN NSN. Cal. 41. This very fine pair of Henry Deringer’s in beautiful matching condition measuring just over 6-1/4″ overall with bbls measuring 2-7/16″. Inventory letters “H” and “I” are stamped on the back of the trigger guards which Doug Eberhart, the authority on American Derringers, states these inventory letters are noted in the California trade most likely inventoried by A.J. Plate of San Francisco. The back of the escutcheons of these guns have the initials of their owner “HK”. These guns retain most of their bright brown bbl finish and all their orig varnish to their stocks. Accompanying these guns is a modern glass top case to protect their fine condition. This is a beautiful matching pair of Henry Deringers that would grace the finest collections. CONDITION: Guns are fine to very fine overall, retaining 90% plus bright orig brown finish on bbl and scattered light staining and pin prick pitting of serial letter “I” gun and 97% plus orig brown on serial letter “H”. The bbl screws on each gun retain most of their orig bright blue finish and each screw is typically engraved. Lock and hammers have crisp, deep simple engraving typical of guns made in the late 1840’s. The pineapple shaped trigger guard finial also denotes an early date of 1845-1850 based on published information by Doug Eberhart. Both triggers retain 50% plus of their bright blue finish. Stocks retain 95% plus of their orig varnish with only scattered minor handling dings and scratches. 4-48146 JS36 (7,000-9,000)

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2123

LEWIS & TOMES DERRINGER STYLE SINGLE SHOT PISTOL. SN NSN. Cal 48. This large English imported Derringer measures about 8-1/2″ overall with a 3-7/8″ smooth bore bbl with an ebony ramrod with German silver tip where end unscrews to provide a bullet extractor. The bbl is marked “London Fine Wire Twist”. The engraved lock is marked in script “Lewis & Tomes” who were a New York merchant importing these guns in the 1840s and 1850’s. Stock is German silver mounted with engraved trigger guard and beautiful wire inlaid floral decorations as can be seen in photos. CONDITION: Gun is in very good condition overall. Metal is gray overall with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Traces of finish and Damascus twist can be seen in bbl. Stock is sound overall with much orig varnish. A few of the wire inlays are loose or missing as can be seen in photos. 4-47675 JS30 (2,000-2,500)

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N. CURRY, SAN FRANCISCO AGENT MARKED HENRY DERINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 41. This little Henry Deringer is marked on bbl “N. Curry & Bro, San Franco Cala AGENTS” measures 5-3/4″ overall with a bbl just over 1-3/4″. This gun is in “as found condition” apparently never being cleaned for a very long time retaining traces of orig brown finish on bbl with engraved German silver mounts. CONDITION: Gun is very good overall being brown with traces of brown finish on bbl. Good discernible markings and engraving. Stocks are sound and solid though worn and cross hatching is still discernible. 4-47676 JS32 (2,500-3,500)

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2125

EVANS PERCUSSION DERRINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 36. Scarce Derringer made by J.E. Evans of Philadelphia. Bbl is marked J.E. Evans Phila. Gun is German silver mounted and has a scarce diamond shaped escutcheon forward of trigger guard which holds bbl screw instead of having typical pin retained bbls seen on most other Derringers. This is a scarce Derringer not often seen with well engraved hammer, lock and bbl breech, along with engraved German silver trigger guard and lock escutcheon plate. CONDITION: Gun is very good overall. Metal is gray/brown with tiny traces of orig brown finish and striping to bbl. Stock retains deep cross hatching and much of its orig varnish. 4-47679 JS29 (3,000-4,000)

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2126

PROFUSELY ENGRAVED COIN SILVER MOUNTED R.P. BRUFF DERRINGER. SN NSN. This silver mounted R.P. Bruff Derringer is among the most profusely engraved of all Derringer type percussion pistols. This gun is pictured on a full page in 4 photographs in Doug Eberharts classic 1985 text co-written by Larry Wilson The Derringer in America page 100. Photos give credit to the Herbert Ratner Collection and the Author believe that the engraving possibly was from the Gustav Young workshop. This is indeed a beautiful gun. CONDITION: Metal overall is brown/gray with two gold bands inset at bbl breech. The hammer spur has a braised repair but it appears quite old and possibly even contemporary due to the build up of patina to the brass alloy in the braise. The engraved silver mounts, including trigger guard and escutcheons, are all engraved and in good condition. There is a vignette of a running stallion on the trigger bow. The hammer on this gun matches it quite nicely, however when orig pictured in Eberhart a plain unassociated hammer is shown. 4-47682 JS47 (3,000-4,000)

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2127

GILLESPIE DERRINGER PISTOL. SN NSN. Cal. 38. George Gillespie was a gun maker in the late 1840’s and 1850’s in New York City. His Derringers are fairly scarce and this example measures 7″ overall with a bbl 2-1/2″. This gun is marked Gillespie on the lock and on the bbl “GILLESPIE WARRANTED CAST STEEL”. CONDITION: This gun retains most of its orig varnish finish on a solid and sound stock. Metal is gray/brown overall with bbl exhibiting considerable pitting on left side. Hammer appears to be a restoration though similarly engraved to breech and lock and hammer color is much lighter and smoother than rest of gun. German silver butt escutcheon is loose and protruding. This gun is unusually mounted in that many Gillespie’s are iron or German silver mounted, this gun has an iron trigger plate with a German silver engraved sugar bow attached. 4-47670 JS40 (1,500-2,500)

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2128

J.P. LOWER PHILADELPHIA DERRINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 44. This fine Derringer is marked “J.P. LOWER” on lock and “PHILADa” on bbl. J.P. Lower best known for his Denver operation during cowboy days was in Philadelphia prior to moving to Denver in 1872. This fine example of his Derringer measures 6″ long with a 1-7/8″ bbl. CONDITION: This gun is very good overall with smooth gray metal with bbl retaining traces of finish and striping. German silver mountings are sound and solid and engraved. Silver nose cap plate appears orig but seems out of suite with German silver mountings. Stock has about a 3/4″ X 1/4″ wood inset between bbl key escutcheons on bottom of gun and stock appears refinished overall retaining most of its varnish. 4-47671 JS41 (2,500-3,500)

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2129

HENRY DERINGER SINGLE SHOT PISTOL. SN NSN. Cal. 41. This small Henry Deringer measures about 5-1/4″ overall with the bbl just under 1-3/4″. This Derringer is close to the size associated with “Peanuts” which denote the smallest of Derringers but typically these need to have bbls under 1-1/2″ and overall lengths of guns 5″. CONDITION: This gun is good to very good overall with sound solid stocks that have been refinished and varnished. German silver mounts are very good, sound with crisp engraving. Metal overall is gray/brown and bbl appears cleaned. Hammer appears replaced or at least restored with weld at base, color and patina of hammer appear darker than rest of gun. 4-47666 JS35 (2,000-3,000)

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2130

SLOTTER & CO. PEANUT DERRINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 45. This gun is marked “Slotter & Co. Phila” on both lock and breech. There is also a number 6 stamped on back of trigger guard which according to Doug Eberhart denotes an A.J. Plate, San Francisco inventory number or other California agent. This gun measures just under 5″ overall with the bbl measuring 1-5/8″ bbl. CONDITION: This gun is very good overall with gray/bright metal with good markings and engraving. German silver mounts are very good showing typical engraving. Stock is sound and solid overall with traces of orig varnish. Cross hatching is all discernible with several scattered small dings and dents. 4-47681 JS28 (2,000-3,000)

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2131

C. CURRY, SAN FRANCISCO AGENT MARKED HENRY DERINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 41. This Henry Deringer which measures just over 5-5/8″ has a bbl just under 1-1/2″ and is marked on top bbl flat “C. CURRY, SAN FRANCO, CALA”. Gun appears complete and orig overall. CONDITION: Gun is overall very good. Metal is gray/brown with good discernible markings and engraving. German silver mounts are sound with good engraving. Stock is sound with cross hatched decoration and 1/2″ hairline crack near muzzle. 4-47663 JS34 (2,500-3,000)

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2132

LINCOLN STYLE HENRY DERINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 41. This Henry Deringer measures 5-3/4″ overall with 1-7/8″ bbl which is very close to the actual size of the Deringer that was used to assassinate President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. The Booth Deringer is 5-13/16″ overall and has a bbl and measures 2-1/16″. So this gun is very close indeed to markings, engravings etc. to the Booth gun with exception the fluted bolster on the Booth gun. Regardless if you want a “Lincoln size” Deringer this one is pretty close. CONDITION: This gun is good to very good overall with traces of orig varnish. The German silver mountings are sound and solid showing good engraving as does the lock hammer and bolster of this gun. Metal surface is overall are gray overall with scattered areas of staining and pitting with good discernible crisp markings. 4-47664 JS38 (2,000-3,000)

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2133

A.J. PLATE, SAN FRANCISCO AGENT MARKED HENRY DERINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 41. Henry Deringer with desirable San Francisco agent A.J. Plate markings on bbl. This gun is 5-3/4″ overall with a 1-3/4″ bbl. There is an “M” stamped at base of trigger guard which according to Doug Eberhart this denotes A.J. Plates inventory. CONDITION: Gun is good overall with stock restoration above lock in about a 1-1/2″ area between breech and lock. Stock is well worn though most cross hatching is still discernible. There is a poor fit of lock and bbl to stock with a discernible gap between metal and wood as can be seen in photographs. German silver mountings are good overall with good engraving. Hammer appears to be a new restoration though it appears an exact Henry Deringer copy though still retaining dark finish, which would be associated with a higher condition gun. Bbl and lock on this gun are gray/white with good discernible markings and engraving with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Escutcheon plate on bottom of gun is silver, not German silver and also a probable replacement. 4-47665 JS31 (2,000-3,000)

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2134

UNMARKED PHILADELPHIA STYLE DERRINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 42. This contemporary copy of a Henry Deringer is totally unmarked other than typical engraved lock, bbl and hammer and engraved German silver trigger guard and trigger plate. This is a very nice example retaining orig finish as can be seen in photos. There is an unusual oak leaf design on bolster that may be indicative of the maker of this Henry Deringer copy. CONDITION: This gun is in very good overall condition retaining traces of finish on bbl and lock which are overall gray/brown with overall staining and pitting. German silver mounts are sound and solid. Stock has a couple crack repairs at muzzle with the longest measuring about 2″. Some orig varnish is still present. 4-47667 JS42 (1,500-2,500)

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2135

“ODD FELLOWS” MARKED DERRINGER STYLE PISTOL. SN NSN. Cal. 44. This little copy of a Henry Deringer measures about 5-1/2″ overall with a 1-3/4″ bbl and has unusual “Odd Fellow” markings of 3 links of chain stamped both in bbl flat and in stock opposite lock. This well made little copy has engraved lock hammer and breech. The German silver trigger guard is also engraved with a very small stylized engraved finial. CONDITION: This gun is in very good to fine condition overall. Containing muted case colors on lock, hammer and breech and traces of blue finish and striping on bbl. Stock is sound and solid retaining about half its orig varnished finish. 4-47669 JS43 (2,000-3,000)

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2136

GILLESPIE MARKED DERRINGER PISTOL. SN NSN. Cal. 38. George Gillespie was a gun maker in the late 1840’s and 1850’s in New York City. His Derringers are fairly scarce and this is a very nice example which measures 6-1/2″ overall with a bbl 2-1/16″. This gun is marked Gillespie on the lock and on the bbl “GILLESPIE WARRANTED CAST STEEL”. CONDITION: This gun is overall very good condition retaining about 70% of its orig varnish on a sound, solid stock with scattered storage dings, dents and scratches. Metal overall is gray/brown with scattered staining and light pitting. 4-47672 JS39 (2,000-3,000)

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2137

A.J. PLATE, SAN FRANCISCO AGENT MARK HENRY DERINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 41. This Henry Deringer is marked on top of bbl “MADE FOR A.J. Plate SAN FRANCISCO”. This gun measures 5-1/2″ overall with a bbl just under 1-1/2″. CONDITION: Gun is good overall with a large crack repair through trigger guard. There is a gap between breech plug and wood next to lock. The small escutcheon between lock and bbl is replaced utilizing brass instead of German silver. Metal overall is gray/brown with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Markings are all very good as can be seen. 4-47673 JS33 (1,500-2,000)

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2138

“DEERRINGER” COPY OF A HENRY DERINGER. SN NSN. Cal. 41. This intriguing little gun is marked “DEERRINGER” 3 times, twice on the lock and once on the bbl breech. This is one of the more innovative patent infringements of Henry Deringers famous Philadelphia single shot pistol. This gun is made like a Henry Deringer with German silver engraved mounts and engraved lock hammer and bbl tang and breech. This gun measures about 5-3/4″ overall and has a 1-15/16″ bbl. CONDITION: This gun is good to very good overall with gray metal with scattered staining and pitting. Stock is sound and solid with a glued repair of crack at wrist and small piece of wood repair behind lock plate about 1/4″ X 1/4″. 4-47674 JS44 (1,500-2,000)

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2139

J.DERINGER SINGLE SHOT DERINGER PISTOL. SN 35. Cal.45. This is a most interesting gun, actually made by Slotter & Co. of Philadelphia. J. Deringer was an employee of Slotter, hired strictly to infringe on the name of Henry Deringer. In patent litigation Henry Deringer won out and Slotter’s guns were later marked Slotter & Co. Philadelphia. According to Doug Eberhart’s vast knowledge of all Deringers, he states the small inventory number 11 stamped at back of trigger guard denotes an inventory number for A.J. Plate of San Francisco who was the main vendor for these Henry Deringer patent infringements. This gun measures about 6″ overall, a 2-7/16″ bbl, and German silver engraved mounts. CONDITION: Gun is good to very good overall. Appears complete and orig throughout markings “J Deringer/Philadelphia” markings on lock and bbl. Discernible as is “WART STEEL” stamped on breech of bbl. Metal overall is gray/white, stock is sound and solid with traces of varnish, cross hatching discernible, with scattered dings and dents. 4-47677 JS27 (2,000-3,000)

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2140

HENRY DERINGER SINGLE SHOT PISTOL. SN NSN. Cal. 41. This Henry Deringer pistol measures 5 3/4″ overall with a bbl 1-15/16″. CONDITION: This gun is very good and sound overall that functions well. There is a 3/4″ wood repair just forward of bolster, stock otherwise is sound and solid though worn retaining small traces of varnish. Bbl is brown overall with scattered staining and pitting and numerous tiny pinpoint cuts in top of bbl flap. Deringer markings are well struck and easily discerned on bbl and lock. German silver mountings are engraved and sound and solid. Shroud on face of hammer is missing in front as can be seen in photos. 4-47680 JS37 (3,000-4,000)

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2141

R.P. BRUFF DERRINGER PISTOL. SN NSN. Richard P. Bruff and his brother Charles are known to have made Derringers as early as 1858 through the Civil War and into the 1870’s. This particular example is marked “R.P.Bruff” in an arc over “NY” and “CAST STEEL” forward of makers mark. CONDITION: This gun is in good to very good condition overall with metal being brown overall. Scattered rust and pitting, especially on bbl. German silver mounts are nicely engraved, sound and solid. The stock is sound retaining about 50% of its orig varnish. Gun functions mechanically well. 4-47678 JS46 (1,000-2,000)

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2142

FAIRBANKS DERRINGER STYLE SINGLE SHOT PERCUSSION PISTOL. SN 31. Cal. 33. This all metal brass handled pistol has 3″ part oct half round bbl. This gun is totally unmarked other than SN found on frame and bbl. These interesting guns are usually unmarked such as this one and this is a good functional example. CONDITION: Gun is overall very good condition as cleaned. SN markings are crisp. Rifling and bore is crisp and discernible. The unusual flared flange at muzzle is crisp and sharp. 4-47668 JS45 (700-900)

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2143

WILKINSON DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION HOWDAH PISTOL IN CASE. SN NSN. Cal. .698 (16 ga.) 8″ Twist bbls are engraved “Pall Mall, London” on broad, concave, raised rib. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with London black powder proofs. A swiveled steel ramrod is attached to boss at muzzles. Case hardened patent breeches have platinum blow-outs and square shanked nipples. Breech iron with integral fences is nicely scroll engraved. Bar locks with tall, flat-faced, serpentine hammers are fitted with back sliding safety levers. Locks are engraved with well cut, medium, shaded scroll with “Wilkinson” in scroll terminated broad ribands on each plate. Faces of hammers have matching scroll and terminate in stylized dolphin heads. Trigger plate is fitted with double triggers. Blued, scroll engraved trigger guard has stylized pineapple finial. Dense, slightly streaked European walnut stock is checkered around grip, which has large steel cap with percussion cap trap. A truncated, rectangular escutcheon is at top of grip, and is engraved with a dragon. Thimble has shell finial and stock attaches to bbls with side nail through oval silver escutcheons. Dovetailed mahogany case with pivoting hook closure has inset rectangular brass carrying handle engraved “Charles D. Rich. Esqre 9th Lancers”. Interior is lined in green baize with Wilkinson label on lid, with compartments, covered and uncovered, for an array of orig accessories, including “W. D.” (William Davis) marked 14 bore nutcracker type ball mold, ovate copper and brass powder measure/ ball magazine/ cap box marked “Sykes”, ebony and brass cleaning/ loading rod, and two ebony handled nipple wrenches with prickers (one of which correctly fits nipples). Covered compartments have turned bone knobs, one containing cloth bag of lead balls. Also in case is an old receipt from Sportsmen Den Inc dated 1982 where this gun was put on consignment for $3000.00. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain 60 – 75% orig brown with good definition to twist. Breech plugs/ iron, locks and hammers retain 70 – 80% orig case hardening color. Trigger guard retains most of its orig fire blue. Grip cap is silvered. Stock retains most of its orig French polish finish, with a number of minor marks and a few scrapes. Checkering is slightly worn. One pivot rivet on captive ramrod replaced with modern machine screw. Bores are excellent. Locks are crisp. Case retains most of its orig finish with some repairs to top lid, with some minor cracks and numerous handling and storage marks. Brass is toned. Interior cloth is fine with some rubs and minor soiling. Label is still mostly bright with some smudges and a later label is overlaid at lower left marked “14331 ME/ F”. One covered compartment is cracked and repaired. Accessories are very fine. Mold retains nearly all its orig blue. Flask retains most of its orig polish and lacquer. A very fine big bore double barrel pistol by this renowned gun and sword maker, who took over from Henry Nock upon his death in 1804. 4-47191 MGM57 (5,000-8,000)

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2144

B. WOODWARD & SONS .577 BREECHLOADING HOWDAH PISTOL. SN 6055. (ca 1867) Cal. 577 Snyder. 7″ Enfield rifled laminated steel bbls are engraved “B. Woodward & Sons” on raised top rib mounted with one standing, one folding leaf U-notch rear and ramp front sights. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs for 25 bore. Round bodied Jones underlever action has nicely filed fences. Peninsula back action non-rebounding locks have tall spurred, round bodied serpentine hammers. Action and locks are engraved with flourishes of nicely cut open scroll and leaf borders. “B. Woodward & Sons” is at top of each lockplate. Blued trigger guard extends to large steel grip cap, and has SN at grip. Figured European walnut grip stock has coarse wraparound checkering. Matching small forend has inset ebony tip, and fastens to bbl with captive side nail through engraved steel escutcheons. Pistol comes in old leather type attache case. Interior is lined in chamois leather, and is French fitted to pistol. Hinged compartment contains reproduction, archaic looking, turnscrew and cleaning rod. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain 60 – 80% of their orig brown with excellent definition to pattern, most loss due to cleaning of scattered pitting, which is fairly deep in spots. Action and locks retain 80% + orig case hardening color, with some scattered freckling and one or two light pits. Trigger guard retains most of its bright blue. Stocks retain most of their orig finish, checkering lightly worn. Forend tip replaced with epoxy. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny, with sharp rifling throughout. Breech ends of bbls have been engine turned. Action is slightly loose. Bbls are slightly off face. Locks are crisp. Case leather is good, new interior is fine. Any breech loading Howdah pistol is rare, one like this example with lots of orig finish, is especially so. 4-48170 MGM156 (10,000-12,000)

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2145

MASSIVE H. W. MORTIMER SIX BORE FLINTLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE. SN NSN. (ca 1805) Cal. 6 bore..910 Groove diameter. 11 deep rounded grooves. 33″ Twist bbls with concave rib, fitted with large silver front bead, are engraved “H. W. Mortimer London” and “Gun Maker To His Majesty” on tops. London black powder proofs are on bottoms of bbls and breech plugs, which have gold lined touch holes and inlaid gold bands at rear. Two heavy beaded pipes hold ebony ramrod with brass head and tail (steel worm under cap). Breech irons have feather engraved borders with feline head looking out from tang. Large flintlocks have flat plates with molded chamfers, and rebated tails, and feature gold lined semi-waterproof pans, bridled roller frizzens; springs having bulbous finials with small teats. Matching serpentine cocks are nicely filed. Lockplates are engraved “H. W. Mortimer” under pans and with recumbent large cats (lions?) at rears. Stock, which appears to be of mahogany, is iron mounted, and features right hand, shadow line, molded cheekpiece, sliding wooden cover patchbox on right side, and coarse wraparound point pattern checkering with broad mullered borders. Furniture continues large cat theme, with feline shaped finials to trigger plate and thimble, and with cat engraved on double beaded trigger guard bow. It is interesting to note that although rifled, this large rifle is not fitted with a rear sight, even though both triggers are “set”. Stock mounts to bbls with single captive side nail through oval silver escutcheons. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-5/16″. Weight: 16 lbs. 0 oz. Included with rifle is a framed certificate from the Gold Medal Concours de’ Elegance announcing this gun as the winner of the Gold Medal in the Vintage British Rifle Class at the 9th Concours 14 May 2005. PROVENANCE: Framed certificate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain nearly all of an old re-brown, with excellent definition to pattern, and have been lacquered. Other metal parts are a pleasing silver to smooth gray brown patina. Refinished and re-checkered stock had considerable (well done, almost invisible) repairs to bbl channel and areas around locks. Patchbox cover is a well matched replacement. Locks and frizzens are crisp. Triggers won’t set (need adjustment). An incredibly neat big bore from the period of the initial opening up and exploration of the remote parts of India and Africa. H. W. Mortimer is known for making a few of these large bore rifles, two of which, a single 6 and a double 12, are illustrated and described in H. Lee Munson’s THE MORTIMER GUNMAKERS, 1753 – 1923 on pages 45 through 49. The 12 bore has engravings and finials very similar to this much larger rifle. this particular rifle is pictured on pages 55-56 of the BRITISH BORE RIFLE by Cal Pappas. 4-48172 MGM155 (45,000-55,000)

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2146

HUGE H. W. MORTIMER TRUE 4 BORE PERCUSSION PUNT GUN. SN 790. Cal. 1.099 Bore diameter. Heavy 50-3/4″ twist steel, tapered round bbl is engraved “H* W* Mortimer, London.” on 3″ octagonal breech section, almost 2″ across flats. Bbl tapers to OD of 1.432 at muzzle. Bottom of bbl is stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs, and no. “790”. Unvented patented breech has nicely filed bolster, and open scroll engraving on top flat. Heavy breech iron with integral fence is also engraved with large open scroll. Large back action lock with flat faced serpentine hammer, is engraved with large open scroll and “Mortimer”. Hammer has scroll on face with stylized dolphin head. Figured European walnut straight grip stock has flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip. Furniture is of brass, including buttplate, trigger plate with stylized pineapple finial, scroll engraved trigger guard, and heavy forend tip with feather engraved border. Bbl attaches to stock with two side nails through oval German silver escutcheons. There is no provision for ramrod. Drop at heel: 2″. Drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 23 lbs. 1 oz. CONDITION: Fine, as restored. Bbl retains nearly all of a very fine re-brown, with excellent definition to pattern, sharp edges only slightly rounded. Other iron parts are a smooth pewter gray. Brass polished, but toned back to a golden mustard. Stock retains nearly all of an old oil finish with a number of marks, checkering re-cut. Lock is crisp. Bore is good with some light pitting. A really cool big gun by this highly regarded Scottish maker. 4-48219 MGM182 (3,000-5,000)

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2147

RIGBY HAMMER 12 BORE RIFLE WITH CASE. SN 12910. (ca 1869) Cal. 12 bore. (.738/.740 groove diameter at muzzles). 26″ Fine three stripe Damascus bbls have full length broad flat rib, engraved in English script “John Rigby & Co Dublin & London”, mounted with four folding leaf express rear sight marked for 100, 150, 200, and 250 yards, as well as through dovetailed silver bead front. A sling eye is mounted to bottom rib. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 13 bore, and Rigby trademarks. Interesting Jones type underlever action is marked “E C Hodges Patent” with use no. 35 referring to his double cam extractor of 1866. Action has nicely filed scrolled fences, and molded beads. Non-rebounding bar locks with flat faced high spurred serpentine hammers are fitted with front sliding stalking safeties. Lockplates and hammers are engraved with very well cut small shaded open scroll. “Jno Rigby & Co” is on front of each lockplate. Action is engraved with medium open scroll. Steel trigger guard has SN at grip. Broadly fiddle figured and nicely marbled European walnut full steel trapped capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over checkered and engraved steel buttplate. Stock features point pattern checkering with broad mullered borders, drop points, as well as a sling eye and vacant silver oval on bottom. Matching splinter forend with inset shaped horn tip attaches to bbls with side nail through oval engraved steel escutcheons. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-1/2″. Weight: 10 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Makers oak and leather case with brass corners, is lined in scarlet cloth with paper Rigby & Co label having Dublin address crossed out. Case contains an aluminum 3-pc cleaning rod and two brushes. CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain most of an old re-brown with fine definition to pattern, over considerable pitting, engraving slightly washed. Action is silver gray. Buttstock retains most of an old oil finish with a number of minor marks. Drop points are worn to almost smooth, checkering re-cut. Grip cap appears to be a later replacement. Newly made forend wood retains most of its orig finish. Checkering excellent. Grip checkering re-cut to match. Stop for side nail is not installed. Bores are shiny and have light rifling throughout, with scattered pitting. Locks are crisp. Safeties work. Action is a bit loose. Bbls are off face. Case leather is dark, stained, inset panel on top is missing, as are straps and handle. Interior cloth is fair, considerably soiled. Partitions are good. Case is for a later, longer barreled rifle with third fastener. Except for bbl length, this rifle fits well. A really cool, nicely balanced, bore rifle, by this iconic maker. 4-47098 MGM3 (8,000-12,000)

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ALEXANDER HENRY .577 DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE. SN 48285. (ca 1892) Cal. .577 2-3/4″ BPE. 26-5/8″ Steel bbls are engraved “Alex’r Henry Edinburgh” on rear portion of raised, full length rib mounted with one standing, two folding leaf express rear, and post type front sight. Rib has dolls head extension. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs for 577 EX. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Steel”. Sling eye is soldered to bottom rib. Case hardened, round bodied receiver with Jones underlever bolt and bushed strikers, is fitted with peninsula back action rebounding locks having round bodied serpentine hammers. Metal parts are engraved with double line borders. “Alexr Henry” is on each lockplate. SN is on trigger guard tang, which extends to case hardened steel grip cap. Dense, well mottled, and nicely figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/4″ over Silver type pad, and features beaded shadow line right hand cheekpiece in Alexander Henry style, traditional flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders, with sling eye and vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter forend has inlet triangular horn tip, and Deeley release. Drop at heel: approx 2-3/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 12 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 14-3/4″. High quality, newly made, oak and leather case with brass corners, is lined in green cloth, and has gold embossed black leather Alexander Henry label in lid, and contains a round plated oil bottle, and pair of turnscrews. CONDITION: Excellent, as very competently and correctly restored. It takes very close inspection to find any evidence that this rifle is in anything other than orig condition, as all finishes and work done are of the highest order. Bbls retain 95% London quality blue, with a few minor marks and light scratches. Action and locks retain 90% + correctly colored case hardening, silvered at tails of locks, operating knob, and on high edges. Trigger guard retains most of its blue. Exceptionally fine, newly made stocks retain nearly all of their fine oil finish with a number of light marks and a couple of other small dings, commensurate with wear on other parts. Bores are very fine, shiny, but lightly pitted at breech ends and frosted throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Case is excellent, with some minor marks in leather. Straps and handle are fine. Interior cloth is very fine, with some soiling and rubs. New accessories are excellent. A great rifle for an African safari, with enough power and penetration for buffalo, using excellent bullets, available from Woodleigh. 4-48145 MGM161 (8,000-10,000)

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HOLLAND AND HOLLAND HAMMER EXPRESS RIFLE WITH CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 7772. (1883) Cal. 500 BPE. 28″ Steel bbls have raised, full length rib, mounted with one standing, one folding express rear, and gold bead front, sight mounted in slightly ramped base. Bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland 98 New Bond Street, London.” and “Winners of all the “Field” Rifle Trials. London 1883″. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN and Birmingham black powder proofs. Round bodied Jones underlever receiver is fitted with peninsula back action locks with rebounding round bodied serpentine hammers. Action and lockplates have line border engraving with “Holland & Holland” on each lockplate. Hammers have stylized dolphin heads. Steel trigger guard has SN at grip. Lightly marbled and slightly figured red toned European walnut semi pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over broadly ribbed horn buttplate, and features an unusual starburst horn grip cap, point pattern checkering, vacant silver shield on toe line, and has been fitted with well done steel reinforcing plate wrapping from around top tang and extending to tops of lockplates in the manner of what are know as selous plates. Removal of right lock reveals this plate was installed to repair an old crack. Matching splinter forend has shaped steel tip and mounts to bbl with side nail through shaped steel escutcheons. Drop at heel: approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Old black lacquered heavy canvas case with leather trim and brass boss is painted “Surgn Major Stewart” in well done script on top. Interior is lined in green cloth with old paper J. Beattie label x-ed out and with correct H & H secondary label inscribed with this rifles SN, giving instructions for loading. Case contains an array of period accessories including brass Rigby type rosewood handled bullet mold marked “Greenfield London .450” on one side (Mold actually casts .490 diameter bullet), other side is marked “H. Holland”. With mold are two pins, one with rosewood handle for casting solid bullets, another with oak handle for casting hollow point bullets. There is also a German silver and ebony powder measure marked 4-1/4 drams powder, a 500 marked pin type bullet fixer, 500 marked case sizer with rammer. These two pieces are marked in Sanskrit. Also included are 5 old Eley Brothers brass cases, and a number of bullets cast in supplied mold. Also included are two spare firing pins in newer cocobolo striker case, and top half of 2-pc brass cleaning rod with round ebony knob. There is also, an envelope containing some paper patches and another envelope with Sept. 1911 inventory of fittings for this rifle, a number of which are now missing. As well as Holland & Holland invoice made out to A. Stewart, Esquire dated Aug 1886 for a 500 bore double express rifle, black case, mold and fittings, special price as agreed, along with a recapper and 100 cases with wads (SN not specified). Letter is also affixed with duty stamped receipt, with a total invoice amount of 38 lbs 14 s 9d. Signed by H. Holland. PROVENANCE: Orig invoice, and inventory and parts list. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain approx 70% orig blue, considerably faded and browned at normal carry point, with some scattered pitting, showing evidence of cleaning. Action and locks retain 30 – 50% orig case hardening color, fading to silver gray and brown. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig rubbed oil finish with numerous marks and dings. Forend has a minor chip at bbl channel, and a small portion of one escutcheon broken away on right side. Bores are excellent, with strong rifling throughout, with just a hint of frosting at breech end of right bbl. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Reinforcing plate has been in place for a very long time, and was obviously very effective in repairing crack in stock, which still feels strong and does not flex. Case is chipped on edges with some corners fraying and opening, otherwise good. Straps and handle are missing. Interior cloth is good, with considerable staining and rubs. Labels are foxed, Holland label is brown. Accessories are very fine. Mold has numerous marks from tapping. Original invoice and parts inventory are creased and foxed, but clear. A neat old rifle that if able I’m sure would have some great tales to tell. A brief Google search finds a Surgeon Major A Stewart a member of the 14th Light Dragoons being promoted in 1859. 4-48143 MGM159 (6,000-9,000)

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FINE QUALITY BRITISH DOUBLE RIFLE MARKED “OLIVER ORMROD”. SN NSN. Cal. 450 BPE. 28″ Steel bbls are marked “Oliver Ormrod” on broad, flat, raised, full length rib, mounted with one standing, two folding leaf express rear and small steel blade front, sights. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs, and are marked “Henry’s Rifling A & T” and with patent use nos. “1671” and “1672”. (A & T are well known bbl makers Adams and Tate.) A large sling eye is mounted to bottoms of bbls. Round bodied Jones underlever action has well filed fences. Peninsula back action non-rebounding locks are mounted with high spurred, round bodied, serpentine hammers and fitted with back sliding, stalking safeties. Action and locks are engraved with approx 50% coverage medium scroll. “Oliver Ormrod” is at top rear of each plate. Steel trigger guard extends to horn pistol grip cap. Nicely figured, dark European walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. Toe line is fitted with sling eye and vacant silver oval. Matching splinter forend is nearly fully checkered and has lever type release. Accompanied by 5-rnds yellow box Kynoch 350 gr SP. Drop at heel: approx 2-9/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. CONDITION: Very fine, retaining approx 80% orig blue with scattered flecking and light marks, most thinning at normal wear points. Action and locks retain most of their orig case hardening color, strong where protected. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish with some light stains, minor compressions, scratches, and dings. Checkering is slightly worn and soiled. Area around silver oval lightened from polishing. Bores are excellent, mostly shiny, strong rifling throughout. Some slight frosting is at breech end of right bbl. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. This fairly light, nicely balanced, double in one of the easiest to load of all the express calibers, should make a great shooter. 4-48141 MGM157 (4,000-6,000)

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THOMAS BLAND JONES UNDERLEVER DOUBLE EXPRESS RIFLE WITH CASE. SN 10417. (1890) Cal. 577-500 no. 2 BPE. 28″ Steel bbls with full length file cut rib mounted with single standing express rear, and bead front dovetailed into end of rib, are engraved “T. Bland & Sons.” and “430. West Strand. London” on tops. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs, “T B & S”, and SNs. Case hardened round bodied receiver with Jones underlever bolt is fitted with non-rebounding peninsula back action locks with round bodied serpentine hammers. Action and locks although nicely filed and shaped, are unadorned. The only engraving is “T. Bland & Sons” on each lockplate, and SN on tang of trigger guard. Nicely veined European walnut full steel capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over steel buttplate, and features standard point pattern checkering with mullered borders and a sling eye on toe line, along with a vacant silver oval. Matching splinter forend has pivoting bolt release. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/2″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 9 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Old leather case with leather reinforcing on corners is newly lined in dark green baize with reproduction Thomas Bland paper label on lid. Case contains round crystal oil bottle and a pair of Kynoch 577 nitro cases cut off to resemble snap caps, along with a new 2-pc brass and rosewood cleaning rod, with some mops and brushes. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain most of their orig blue with some overall freckling and browning. Action and locks retain most of their orig case hardening color, strong where protected, otherwise mottled pewter gray. Stocks retain what appears to be their orig oil finish with numerous marks and scratches, with some oil rubbed in over the years. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are excellent, with strong rifling throughout, with some light frosting and a few scattered pits at breech ends. Action is very tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Case leather is dark with numerous rubs and marks. Newly applied handle and straps are very fine. Interior cloth is excellent. Reproduction label is slightly foxed. A solid working rifle of its day, should be a great shooter today. 4-48142 MGM160 (4,000-6,000)

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*VICTOR SARASQUETA SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH DIES AND AMMUNITION. SN AM57756. Cal. .25 Krag. This surprisingly well made small caliber double rifle has 24-3/8″ chopper lump bbls with raised, flat, matted rib engraved “Sarasqueta Eibar” at rear, is mounted with single standing express rear sight, dovetailed through. Raised front portion of rib mounts longitudinally dovetailed high silver bead. Bbl flats are stamped with what appear to be spurious British proofs, and caliber. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “1533 gmos” and “6.3”. Case hardened full sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features automatic safety (S inlaid in gold), hidden third fastener, bushed strikers, reinforcing bolsters, double triggers (front articulated), and raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators. Action and lockplates are engraved with well cut small scroll with rose bouquet highlights in typical English style. Fences and bolsters are relief engraved in floral and acanthus motif. “Sarasqueta Eibar” is in lozenge shaped depression on bottom of action. Scroll engraved trigger guard extends to steel pistol grip cap. European walnut full pistol grip buttstock has considerable burl grain in butt portion, and measures 14-3/8″ over skip-line checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. Stock also features large right hand cheekpiece, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, diamond hand, and drop points. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 2-3/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Rifle is accompanied by RBS two die set for 25 Krag along with forming and trim dies, approx 100 rounds of custom loaded ammo in Remington brass, and a test target. CONDITION: Fine. Metal retains most of its orig finish, both blue and case hardening color, which is quite strong where protected, and on lockplates. Stocks retain what is most likely an old glossy oil refinish. Checkering is slightly worn, and borders filled with finish. There are numerous marks from minor handling and use. Top lever, trigger guard, and grip cap retain most of their orig blue. Bores are very fine with some darkening in grooves (may clean). Action is slightly loose. Bbls are off face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Dies are excellent. Ammo appears to have only been loaded once. A great little deer rifle in need of a bit of TLC. It balances and handles very well. 4-47092 MGM7 (4,000-6,000)

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*F. C. SCOTT BOXLOCK DANGEROUS GAME DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE AND AMMUNITION. SN 8310. Cal. .475 #2. 26″ Shoe lump bbls with file-cut quarter rib mounting single standing, two folding leaf express rear sight and ramped front base holding gold bead front, with porcelain flip-up night sight, are engraved “F. C. Scott. Bath Street” and “Birmingham England” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham nitro proofs for .475 express, 85 grains of cordite, and .480 grain bullet. SN is on bottoms of bbls. Coin finished screw grip boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE relief engraved), bushed strikers, double triggers, and slight reinforcing bolsters. Action is engraved with 80% coverage well cut English scroll. “F. C. Scott.” is on both sides of action. Blued top lever, floorplate, and trigger guard are also scroll engraved. SN is on guard tang which extends to steel grip cap with trap. Well laid out plain European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over russet brown leather covered pad, and features classic shadow line right hand cheekpiece, checkered side panels, point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip. A sling eye and gold oval engraved “CFM” are on toe line. Matching splinter forend has pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/2″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 10 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Traditional green canvas case with leather trim and brass corners, is lined in burgundy cloth with paper F. C. Scott label on lid, and contains pair of snap caps marked “R” and “L”, square oil bottle, the key, and ten rounds of Kynoch ammunition, 5 solids and 5 softs, held in “Uncle Mike’s” “Sidekick” belt pouch. Consignor states additional Kynoch ammo available for this rifle after purchase. CONDITION: Fine, as refurbished. Bbls retain essentially all of a satin rust blue. Action coin finished over a bit of light pitting and numerous marks. Blued parts retain nearly all of their blue. Stock refinished, retaining nearly all of that finish. Wood is slightly under metal, checkering re-cut. Grip cap is a modern replacement. Recoil pad is well done and new. Bores are fine with strong rifling throughout, dark in grooves. Action is tight with evidence of having recently being rejointed. Right bbl is slightly off face. Case is excellent with a few minor scuffs and discoloration. Interior cloth is very fine with some minor rubs. Reproduction label is excellent, as are accessories. This would make a great working rifle, as stock is sound, bore is decent, weight and balance are about right, and caliber is one of the best available. 4-47362 MGM95 (12,500-17,500)

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*CHOICE BUTCH SEARCY DELUXE BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE W/TWO EXTRA BARRELS. SN BL-215. Cal .470 N.E.,.375 FL Mag, 12Ga. Rifle bbls are 24″ monobloc tubes w/ double underlugs, quarter rib express rear sight and caterpillar front sight. .375FL Mag bbls are milled for Talley QD rings. 12 ga bbls are 28″,3″ cham., matted game rib and fitted w/ Colonial choke tubes(IC/MOD). Maker’s name “B.SEARCY & CO BORON CA USA” is engraved on each bbl set along with caliber designation along with a flourish of scroll at the head of the rib, and is fitted with its own splinter forend with Deeley style latch and automatic ejectors. Reinforced boxlock action has intercepting sears, articulated double triggers, non-automatic safety and bushed firing pins. The french grey finished receiver is highlighted with tastefully engraved scrollwork as is the trigger bow, grip cap and appended metal. Pistol grip stock is nicely figured English walnut w/beaded cheekpiece, fine point pattern checkering and matching forends, 15 1/4″ over a solid brown Pachmayr pad. Accompanied by a brass bound oak and leather case w/compartments for 3 bbls, snap caps and accessories, lined in green felt w/ leather Maker’s trade label. Shotgun bore diameter: left-.729, right -.730. Drop at heel:2 9/16″, drop at comb:1 1/2″. Weight:10 lbs.6 oz. w/.470NE bbls, slightly less w/.375FL and 12 ga bbls. CONDITION: Excellent. Retains virtually all of its original wood and metal finishes with only the lightest of handling marks. wood is sound with only a very fine hairline emanating from the toe of the top tang along a grain line. Mechanics are fine, ejectors slightly out of time. Bright shiny bores. Case is excellent inside and out with some light rubs on the exterior. A wonderful and versatile set-up for the Dark Continent at a fraction of new replacement cost. 4-48280 JWD106 (15,000-25,000)

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*JOHANN FRANZOI SIDELOCK OVER-UNDER BIG GAME DOUBLE RIFLE WITH THREE SETS OF BARRELS, SCOPE AND TRAVEL CASE. SN 2387.88.89.70. Cal. .458, .375 H & H, 20 ga. 3″ Magnum. Rifle barrel sets are 26″ (20 ga are 27-1/2″) with full length solid ribs (20 ga have vent rib), inlaid in gold “Johann Franzoi, Ferlach – Austria” (20 ga, without “Austria”). Calibers are gold inlaid at rear portion of ribs. Rifle bbls are fitted with single standing rear sights, dovetailed through ribs, with inlaid gold triangles below V’s. .458 Bbls have bronze bead front sight with flip-up porcelain night bead. .375 Bbls have large sourdough front sight and are fitted with claw bases at rear. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with caliber, 1970 Ferlach proofs, and importers name (G. B. Gun Shop Brighton – Colo). Heavy, coin finished OU action with hand detachable back action sidelocks, features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), double Kerston bolt, bushed striker for top bbl, reinforcing bolsters, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, gold-plated internals and gold-plated double triggers (front hinged). Action and lockplates are engraved with semi-relief, medium, shaded scroll framing relief engravings of African game; left side depicts trio of kudu at full run to escape charging lion; right side depicts pair of cape buffalo, rhino, and lion in background; an elephant walks across bottom of action. Fences and bolsters are relief carved with thistle motif. Broadly streaked European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 15-1/4″ over dark brown leather covered pad, and features large swept rollover right hand cheekpiece, drop points, fish scale “checkering”, white line horn grip cap with oval medallion relief engraved “GB”, and a cartridge trap on toe line engraved with thistle motif. Matching bottom third of three piece forends fits all bbls, has ejectors, as well as Deeley release. .375 bbls are fitted with Schmidt & Bender 1.25 x 4 scope with duplex and dot lighted reticle in claw rings. .458 bbls: Drop at heel: approx 3-1/4″. Drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 10 lbs. 12 oz. LOP 15-1/4″. .375 Bbls: Drop at heel: approx 1-5/8″. Drop at comb: approx 3-1/8″. Weight: 9 lbs 12 oz. Weight with scope: 11 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 15-1/4″. 20 ga. Bbls: Bore diameter: top -.618, bottom -.617. Bore restrictions: top -.024 (full), bottom -.012 (light mod). Wall thickness: top-.021, bottom -.025. Drop at heel: 3-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 15-1/4″. Rifle comes in Orvis marked aluminum case with four latches secured by through rod. Case has a number of stickers on outside. Interior is plain gray foam, uncut. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain over 95% of their orig blue with some marks from light handling and use, and some light freckling. Action retains most of its coin finish with some slight darkening. Stocks have a number of marks, some fairly deep, on both sides of buttstock. Bores are excellent for all bbls. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Scope has some marks on right side of ocular bell, optics bright and clear. Cover for battery compartment of lighted reticle is somewhat buggered (no battery). Case is fine. A combo ready for any eventuality, perfect for your next African experience. 4-47161 MGM22 (15,000-20,000)

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*FINE RELIEF ENGRAVED MARCEL THYS SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER-UNDER DANGEROUS GAME RIFLE. SN 0174. Cal. 500 NE. 26″ Demi-bloc bbls are mounted with matted quarter rib holding one standing, one folding leaf express rear sight, and engraved ramp front base with longitudinally dovetailed silver bead front, with flip-up porcelain night bead. “M. Thys & Fils” is gold inlaid in oval on quarter rib. Case hardened action has been coin finished and features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), top strap extended over comb in H & H style, side bolsters, double Kersten bolt, bushed strikers, and double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved with deeply chiseled relief open acanthus scroll with fine stippled background framing Bulino portrait of bull elephant on bottom. Sidelocks continue the theme of the acanthus scroll, but frame high relief engravings of dangerous game. A charging, large horned black rhino in savannah on left side, and pair of cape buffalo bulls in grass on right. Trigger guard has Bulino portrait of lion on bow with SN on rear tang, which extends to engraved steel grip cap with trap. Spectacular, intricately marbled, and fiery figured, dense European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 15-1/4″ over brown leather covered pad, and features a large shadow line cheekpiece for right hand shooter, fluted drop points, and point pattern checkering with line and double line borders. Also included with rifle is an extra buttstock of similar walnut, but set up with left hand cheekpiece. Three piece ejector forend has pivoting lever latch. Drop at heel: Approx 2-13/16″, drop at comb: Approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 11 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 15-1/4″. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with essentially all orig finish on wood and metal. Top tang shows evidence of some staining being cleaned. There are some minor marks on bbl from assembly and disassembly. There are a few minor marks and light scratches on buttstock. Left hand stock is also excellent. Bores are excellent. Ejectors are in time. 4-47695 MGM87 (25,000-35,000)

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*MARCEL THYS & SONS SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA BARRELS AND CASE. SN 0207. Cal. .470 NE/ .375 H & H flanged mag. 24-3/8″ Chopper lump .470 bbls are gold inlaid “M. Thys & Sons. Belgium – 470 NE” on top of file cut quarter rib mounting one standing, two folding leaf rear express sight. White bead front with folding night bead is longitudinally dovetailed into matching front sight base. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Belgian nitro proofs for .470 nitro. Top of left bbl is engraved “Made for Griffin and Howe New – York”. .375 H & H flanged bbls measure 23-3/8″ and are mono-blocked. They are made by B. Searcy & Co Boren, CA, and are so marked on broad mid rib between quarter rib and front sight base. The quarter rib on these bbls is cut for Talley QD mounts (rings are included with rifle). A single standing leaf express rear sight is dovetailed through. Front sight has silver bead. These bbls are provided with their own splinter non-ejector forend with Deeley type release. Coin finished action with back action sidelocks features top tang which extends over comb in H & H fashion, non-automatic safety (SAFE engraved), side bolsters, bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved with well cut, large, shaded scroll with bull African elephant on bottom, trunk down. Lockplates are engraved with other members of “the big five”; a charging bull cape buffalo behind termite mound on left, with large maned roaring lion in savannah on right. Both sides of action are engraved “M. Thys”. Engravers signature “C. Perfido” is on right side of trigger plate. Scroll engraved trigger guard extends to engraved steel grip cap with trap. Intricately veined, dense, stump European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over black leather covered pad, and features shadow line left hand cheekpiece, fluted drop points, and point pattern checkering with line border. Figured walnut, but otherwise matching, beavertail ejector forend has Anson release. .470 Bbls: Drop at heel: Approx 2-11/16″. Drop at comb: approx 1-15/16″. Weight: 9 lbs 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. .375 Bbls: Drop at heel: approx 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: approx 1-9/16″. Weight: 9 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. There is no provision for a sling. Aluminum travel case with heavy black canvas outer cover embroidered “C. F. Goll” is lined in dark green suede, with space for rifle, both sets of bbls and a scope. CONDITION: Excellent. Both sets of bbls retain most of their orig blue. Action retains nearly all of its coin finish. Stocks have a few minor marks in their orig rubbed oil finish. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Both sets of bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case is excellent. Interior leather has some scuffs and indentations from contact with gun. The perfect combo for Africa. 4-47071 MGM26 (30,000-40,000)

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*FINELY ENGRAVED EXTRA FINISH JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR DANGEROUS GAME DOUBLE RIFLE WITH SCOPE AND CASE. SN 28977. (1992) Cal..470 NE. 24″ Chopper lump bbls are gold inlaid “J. Purdey & Sons.” and “London. England.” in Old English script on tops. Caliber is inlaid on mid rib. Matted quarter rib is mounted with windage adjustable one standing, one folding leaf express sight marked for 25 and 50 yards, and claw scope mount bases. Front sight ramp holds longitudinally dovetailed silver bead front with flip-up night sight, and is fitted with unique flip-open front sight protector. Bbl flats are stamped with 1992 London nitro proofs for .470 Nitro express. SNs are stamped on bottoms of bbls, and tube nos. “65895” and “65896” are on loop. Sling loop is mounted to heavy lozenge shaped base soldered to rib bottom. Robust Beesley patent self-opening action features non-automatic bolted safety with SAFE and BOLTED gold inlaid. Action features long top tang that extends over comb, bolstered sides, side clips, disc set strikers, sliding third fastener, gold-plated internals, gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers. Single beaded trigger guard with SN gold inlaid on tang extends to steel trap grip cap. Trap contains spare front sight wrapped in cloth. Extra finishing is applied to all metal parts and are engraved with a mix of beautifully cut relief shaded acanthus scroll. Fences and bolsters are in high relief. This fine scroll surrounds and offsets nicely rendered Bulino vignettes of game suitable for a rifle of this caliber; a trio of lionesses are protecting their cub and kill while male lion charges onto the scene demanding his share, all in open savannah with Kilimanjaro in background on left lockplate. Right lockplate depicts pair of cape buffalo bulls, one staring at YOU, with the “owe him money” look. Bottom of action depicts charging large tusker, trunk down, and bent on destruction, with Kilimanjaro in background. This very fine work is by Purdey contract engraver Stephen Kelly, whose signature appears on trigger plate. Dense, reddish brown, intricately marbled and lightly figured European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over rounded Silver pad and features shadow line right hand cheekpiece, typical Purdey drop points, and standard point pattern checkering with mullered borders. A sling loop, as well as gold oval engraved with initials “GRB”, are on toe line. Rifle is equipped with two matching ejector forends with Anson releases, one beavertail, the other splinter, both of which are factory supplied. Iron needs to be shifted from one to the other. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-5/8″. Weight: 10 lbs. 5 oz. Weight with scope: 11 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Factory installed Schmidt & Bender 1-1/4 x 4 x 20 Scope with post and crosshair reticle is in Recknagel claw mounts with windage adjustment at rear. Makers oak and leather case with brass corners has central brass medallion engraved “GRB”. Interior is lined in royal blue cloth with gold embossed black leather Purdey label on lid, and contains Purdey marked accessories including a trio of ebony handled turnscrews, brass topped nickel-plated oil bottle, and snap caps. There is also a test target marked with a cross used to shoot in this rifle at 50 yards, showing 1-1/2″ 6-round group with a flier. CONDITION: Excellent, showing evidence of use, but no abuse, as would be expected from a few safaris. Bbls retain nearly all of their orig lustrous blue. Coin finish of action brightened, at high points, tangs and thumb lever. Stocks dulled and showing a fine patina of minute marks, knocks, and rubs associated with a number of weeks spent in the bush. Consignor states he has shot elephant, lion, and “a few” trophy cape buffalo with this rifle. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny with strong rifling throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Scope is excellent with a number of minor marks and rubs on exterior lacquer. Optics clear. Case leather remains bright with some slight scuffs and marks. Interior cloth is excellent with some minor rubs from contact with rifle and accessories, which are also excellent. A very fine, well balanced, fast handling rifle aching for a return to the Dark Continent. 4-47685 MGM89 (80,000-100,000)

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*TRULY EXCEPTIONAL SIMON COGGAN ENGRAVED PURDEY OVER-UNDER SIDELOCK EJECTOR HEAVY GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 29467. Cal. 12 ga.3″ Chambers. 28″ Nicely struck demi-bloc bbls with full length, solid, file cut rib, are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House, South Audley Street, London, England” on left side of top bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with 1995 London nitro proofs for 3″ chambers at 1200 BAR. Bbl makers initials SW (Scott Wood) are on bottom of bottom bbl, which are also stamped with tube numbers “77019” and “20”. Finely filed, rounded bar, Woodward type, low profile OU action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bolstered sides, gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, gold-plated internals, and gold-plated Purdey late type single trigger. Action and lockplates are engraved with exceptionally well cut, large, shaded, scrolled acanthus framing exceptional Bulino scenes of game birds; quattro of mallards are taking wing from cattail swamp with wooded background on left lockplate; pair of pheasant flushing from cover into woods on right; trio of chukar partridge being shot at by hunter in background on bottom of action. “J. Purdey & Sons.” is gold inlaid on scroll flanked device at bottom of each lockplate, and appears again on bottom of action over “London. England.” at front and back of forend iron recess. This exquisite work is by one of the finest engravers of our day, Simon Coggan, who apprenticed to his famous father, Phil, in 1993, and started full time with his own work in 1994, just a year before this gun was proofed. The Bulino scenes are exceptionally fine with wonderful detail, including dramatic cloudy skies. This particular gun is illustrated in an unfinished state on p. 234 of BRITISH GUN ENGRAVING by Douglas Tate. Scroll engraved single beaded trigger guard has SN engraved at grip, and extends to classic steel grip cap, which is also scroll engraved, and inlaid with initials “J. J. G”. Finely marbled and lightly figured European walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/4″ over 5/8″ brown leather covered pad, and features classic Purdey style drop points and point pattern checkering. The initials “JJG” are individually inlet into toe line. Matching one piece ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: top -.726, bottom -.726. Bore restrictions: top -.020 (mod), bottom -.019 (mod) (Case charge card for this gun reads “Boring of bbls: right lead good 1/2 steel full. Left: good 1/2 steel full). Wall thickness: top-.034, bottom -.034. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-3/4”. Original makers leather case with stitched leather corners has brown canvas leather trimmed outer cover. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and has gold embossed black leather Purdey label along with charge card for this gun, on lid. Accessories include two piece brass and rosewood cleaning rod with mop, jag, and brush, 12 ga broken case extractor, Purdey marked square oil bottle and snap caps, striker bottle with spare strikers, and two rosewood handled turnscrews, along with the key. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, showing evidence of only very light compassionate use, with only a few of the lightest, almost unnoticeable, marks on wood and metal, mostly on right side of butt. Top grain of leather covering of pad shows some lifting. Bores are excellent, mechanically crisp, with perfectly timed ejectors. Case leather is excellent, with some very slight marks. Outer cover is also excellent, leather trim showing some abrasion, and canvas some fading. Straps and handle are fine. Interior cloth is very fine, showing slight soiling and marks from contact with action and bbls. Labels are excellent. Charge card has a slight smudge. Accessories are excellent. Simply a wonderful gun. 4-47168 MGM35 (45,000-55,000)

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*FINE PURDEY OVER-UNDER SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 27539. (1968) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Demi bloc bbls with matted, ventilated rib are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House. South Audley Street. London. England.” on left side of top bbl. Bbls are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottom flat is stamped with importer “BSA Millbrook, NY”. Bottom bbl is stamped with SN and barrel makers initials “EC” (Ted Combin). Coin finished, round bodied, low profile, Woodward type, sidelock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold) and single selective trigger with selector on right side gold inlaid “T” and “B” at either end. Action is engraved in typical Purdey house style small scroll and rose bouquets. “J. Purdey & Sons.” is engraved in scrolled device at front of each lockplate, reminiscent of Woodward style. Name is also engraved on bottom of action above “London, England”. Scroll engraved, small bow, single beaded trigger guard has SN on tang, which extends to engraved steel grip cap. Finely marbled and lightly figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-7/8″ over checkered wood butt. There is a vacant gold oval on toe line. Grip is checkered in classic point pattern with mullered borders. Classic Purdey drop points are at rear of lockplates. One piece matching ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: top -.730, bottom -.729. Bore restrictions: top -.036 (Full), bottom -.022 (Mod). Wall thickness: top-.030, bottom -.035. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″. Makers leather motor case with stitched leather corners is lined in burgundy cloth, and has original charge card for this gun in lid. Case contains a pair of Beretta snap caps and a key. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 95% orig blue, slightly silvered on sharp edges of rib, with one or two very minor marks. Action retains nearly all of its coin finish with some slight darkening and evidence of cleaning at bottom. Stocks retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig “Slackum” oil finish. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Trigger works. Case has some scuffs in leather, and appears to have been over sprayed with brown lacquer. One strap rivet repaired. Handle is good. Interior cloth is fine. Purdey label is missing. Charge label has some soiling. Cloth is fine, with some rubs. A good solid gun overall. 4-48246 MGM206 (40,000-50,000)

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J. PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR SHOTGUN TWO BARREL SET WITH CASE. SN 15775. (1897) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ and 28″ Chopper lump bbls. Both sets of bbls with narrow, concave game ribs, engraved “1” and “2” on rear of ribs, are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House, South Audley Street, London. Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid Pressed Steel.” on ribs. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot and 1983 London re-proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers at .740. Bbl set no. “1” is proofed at .729. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN and choke, along with bbl makers initials HM (unknown). Tube numbers 18700 and 18701 are on loop. Bottoms of bbl set no. “2” are stamped with SN and no. “16005” (factory records indicate that these bbls were fitted to this gun in 1983 and that the original 30″ bbls (set no. “1”) were shortened, altered to skeet and skeet, and re-proofed for 2-3/4″ cartridges). Bbl set no. “2” is also stamped with bbl makers initials WH (Bill Hill). Case hardened Beesley patent self-opening sidelock action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, arrowhead marked tumbler end cocking indicators, double triggers, and early style Purdey ejector. Action is engraved with Purdey house style well cut small scroll with rose bouquet highlights as originated by, and probably in this case executed by, J. Lucas, head Purdey engraver. “J. Purdey & Sons” is on each lockplate. “Purdey’s Patent” is on bottom of action. “1” is engraved on top lever and interior of forend iron, which is also stamped with actioners initials “AP” (A. Phillips, long time Purdey actioner). Very finely marbled red hued European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-7/8″ over dark brown leather covered pad, and features drop points, standard point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant gold oval along with individual initials “L A L” on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. BBL set no. “1” 26″: Bore diameter: left -.735, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.004 recess, right -.003 recess. Wall thickness: left -.023, right -.024. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz, LOP 14-7/8″. BBL set no. “2” 28″: Bore diameter: left -.744, right -.738. Bore restrictions: left -.010, right -.004. Wall thickness: left -.020 (one very small area on bottom about 9″ back from muzzle), right -.025. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz, LOP 14-7/8″. High quality leather toe under case with stitched leather corners, is lined with burgundy cloth with gold embossed black leather makers label in lid, has provisions for both set of bbls, and contains normal Purdey marked accessories including 2-pc black composition and brass cleaning rod, round oil bottle, and snap caps. There is also a black Morocco wallet containing a jag and mop, as well as a broken case extractor. PROVENANCE: Factory letter indicating that gun was built in 1897 for Sidney Dillon Ripley, and that orig bbls were shortened and that pair of bbls from gun 16605 were let into gun. Both bbls were re-proofed to 2-3/4″ in 1983. Chokes of 28″ bbls were altered to right modified and left full. Also 2 invoices for work performed by Trevallion Gun Stocks totaling over $5000.00 in 2002/03, along with shop tag. CONDITION: Very fine, as partially refurbished. Bbls retain nearly all of a lustrous quality London re-black, engraving on ribs somewhat softened. Action retains a considerable amount of orig case hardening color in protected areas. Lockplates retain about half of their orig color, somewhat stronger on left plate. Pins have been fire blued, and retain most of that renewed finish. Top lever and trigger guard retain most of their charcoal re-blue, engraving still good, both somewhat silvered at normal carry and use points. Buttstock retains nearly all of a fine oil refinish, checkering nicely re-cut. Newly made (by David Trevallion) forend wood retains all its orig finish with a few minor marks. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. New drop installed, and is excellent. Ejectors are in time. Case leather is excellent with a few very minor marks and scuffs, mostly on corners. Straps and handle are fine. Interior cloth is excellent with some minor compressions and soiling from contact with gun. Accessories are excellent. 4-46522 MGM77 (18,000-23,000)

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*RARE PURDEY SINGLE BARREL TRAP GUN. SN 24257. (1930) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chamber. One of only 59 of these special guns made, this example has 32″ bbl with raised, matted, ventilated rib engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House. South Audley Street, London.” on left side, and “Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid Pressed Steel” on right. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottom of rear lump is engraved “Made in England”. Bottom of bbl is stamped “Choke”, with SN and barrel makers initials “SS” (Sam Simons). Case hardened Beesley patent self-opening action with third fastener uses left lock for firing and has dummy plate on right. Fence is nicely shaped. Action and lockplates are engraved with well cut Purdey house style medium shaded scroll with rose bouquet highlights. “J. Purdey & Sons” is on each plate, as well as on bottom of action, which is also engraved “London”. Blued, scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip. Well marbled and nicely figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over black solid White Line pad. Stock features drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and individual gold initials “M B H P” inlet across toe line. Matching flared beavertail forend with Anson release is stamped with actioners initial “H” (Fred Hughes). Bore diameter:.734. Bore restriction: .035 (Full) Wall thickness: .047. Drop at heel: 2-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refinished. Bbl retains nearly all of a quality re-black, engraving slightly softened. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, appears to have been chemically darkened. Top lever and forend iron retain most of their orig bright blue, with some slight flaking. Trigger guard re-blued and retains essentially all of that blue. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil over finish, probably done when newer pad installed. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbl is on face. Ejector won’t fire, trip removed, so works only as an extractor. 4-48111 MGM128 (10,000-15,000)

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*VERY FINE 16 GA. WOODWARD OVER-UNDER SIDELOCK EJECTOR BOSS SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUN. SN 6602. (ca 1921) Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Demi-block bbls with full length file cut solid rib, are engraved “James Woodward & Sons. 64. St. James’s Street. London. S. W.” and “Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid Pressed Steel” on either side of rib. Bbls are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1 oz of shot. Beautifully filed, case hardened, low profile action features typical Woodward automatic T-safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bolstered sides, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and Boss non-selective single trigger. The Woodward action is renown for its grace, and is the prime reason for Purdey’s acquiring Woodwards and the rights to this action, in 1948. All subsequent Purdey OU shotguns and rifles were built on this action. The action and sidelocks of this particular gun are engraved with exceptionally well cut, shaded, small scroll with rose bouquet highlights in Woodward house style. “J. Woodward & Sons” is in rolled scroll flanked device on front of each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “Woodward’s Patent Under & Over”. Some time after the initial making of this gun, probably 1950’s, it was fitted with Boss’ renown single trigger, with new trigger plate and small bow single beaded trigger guard installed. Gun is accompanied by Abercrombie & Fitch hang tag, filled in with specifications of this gun. The original notation of “double trigger” has “double” lined out and “single” written above. Color hardening of trigger plate and bright blue of trigger guard are both vivid, and engraving, although the correct style, is by a different hand. Nicely figured, and beautifully marbled Circassian walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over ribbed horn buttplate, and features drop points, diamond hand, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a silver oval on toe line engraved “P”. Matching one piece ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: top -.663, bottom -.663. Bore restrictions: top -.023 (full), bottom -.013 (mod). Wall thickness: top-.022 (one very small area on top right, mostly .026 – .030), bottom -.028. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. PROVENANCE: Factory letter giving the history of this gun as evidenced by a number of entries in the VL & D and A & F inventories, being first rec’d by VLD in March 1923, last sale was in 1956 to Grant Pierce. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain approx 95% of an old London quality re-black, silvered on sharp edges of bolsters, rib, and muzzles. Action retains 40 – 50% muted orig case hardening colors, vivid where protected, especially at top fence. Lockplates retain most of their muted orig colors. Orig color on trigger plate is near 100% and vivid. Top lever and forend iron retain most of their orig charcoal blue, with silvering at thumbpiece and rounded edges of iron, some loss due to flaking. Charcoal blue on trigger guard is near 100%. Screw slots show some use. Stocks retain most of their orig hand rubbed oil finish with numerous small marks and light scratches from normal handling and use. There are a few minor chips on left side forearm at juncture of iron. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action has hint of vertical play and a glimmer of light visible on top bbl. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Hang tag shows some creases. A great handling, all time classic. 4-47117 MGM20 (30,000-60,000)

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*VERY FINE HOLLAND &HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 36405. (1958) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Nicely struck 26″ chopper lump bbls with swamped, matted game rib are engraved “Holland & Holland.” and “98, New Bond Street, London.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. SNs are on bottoms of bbls. “Made in England” and “Royal” are engraved on bottom rib. Bbls are fitted with H & H patent self-opening assist spring. Case hardened Royal action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), H & H hand detachable locks, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and single non-selective trigger. Action and lockplates are engraved with classic Holland & Holland house style large shaded scroll with acanthus highlights. “Holland & Holland” is in scrolled banner on each plate, and “Royal Model” is on bottom of action. “Holland’s Single Trigger” is in front of trigger plate, and “Made in England” is engraved around left hinge pin cover. Small bow, single beaded, scroll engraved and blued trigger guard has SN at grip. European walnut “Prince of Wales” grip buttstock with broad, dark streaks and slight fiddle figure measures 14-5/8″ over thin russet pigskin covered pad. Semi flat top point pattern checkering is at diamond grip behind usual drop points. A vacant gold oval is on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.007 (IC), right -.006 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.026, right -.030. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Green canvas case with stitched leather corners is embossed “H. W. G.” on top. Interior is lined in burgundy with silver embossed black leather H & H label on lid, which also has small leather label gold embossed “Abercrombie & Fitch”. Case contains 3-pc wood and brass cleaning rod, brass snap caps marked “Champ”, as well as mops and brushes. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 98% orig blue, with one or two minor scratches and marks. Action retains 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on outer edges of fences, and on action beads. Lockplates retain nearly all of their color. Thumbpiece is somewhat silvered, as are bottom of forend iron and trigger guard. Stocks retain nearly all of their rubbed oil finish with a few light handling marks. Checkering is slightly worn and darkened. Pad is most likely a newer replacement. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case is excellent, with some staining and fading of exterior. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is excellent, with some compressions and soiling from contact with gun. Holland label has a small rub. Accessories are fine. This fast handling gun is a grouse hunters dream. 4-48113 MGM130 (17,500-27,500)

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*BOSS BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 7215. (ca 1925) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 29″ Chopper lump bbls are engraved “Boss & Co. 13, Dover Street, Piccadilly, London England.” on narrow, concave game rib. Gun is one of a pair and has “1” inlaid in gold in the usual places. Tops of bbls are engraved “Sir Joseph Whitworths” “Pressed Fluid Steel”. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN and “sheaf of wheat” logos. Case hardened sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers. Action and lockplates are engraved with exceptionally well cut, very small, shaded scroll with 20 rose bouquet highlights, most likely done by noted engraver Jack Sumner. “Boss & Co” is in scrolled terminated riband on each side of action. Single beaded trigger guard is also scroll engraved and has SN on long tang. Stock is a quality replacement, as records indicate gun was originally made as a pair of guns w/ crossover style stocks for a left-eyed shooter. Mounted in dark marbled and nicely figured Circassian walnut w/ straight grip. Measures 14-7/8″ over dark brown leather covered pad, and features drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter forend with Anson release is fitted with Boss’ patent ejectors known for extracting cartridges well clear of bbls. Bore diameter: left -.730, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.010, right -.006. Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.030. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz, LOP 14-7/8″. New brown leather case with stitched leather trim, is lined in burgundy cloth, and contains a pair of Pachmayr snap caps. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain 90% of an old satin re-blacking, engraving on tops of bbls picked up. Action retains some orig case hardening color, vivid under fences. Locks retain some color and are dark at tails from annealing and bear some tiny marks from straightening. Top lever retains most of what appears to be its orig blue, with silvering at thumbpiece. Trigger guard has been straightened and re-blued and retains nearly all of that blue. Stocks retain most of an old hand rubbed oil finish, sharp edges slightly softened, checkering freshened. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Case is excellent. Interior cloth has some rubs and soiling, some blocking is missing. Converted from a crossover stock, the gun remains an excellent shooter and a compelling value. 4-46994 MGM220 (14,000-18,000)

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*VERY FINE PAIR OF WESTLEY RICHARDS HAND DETACHABLE BOXLOCK SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR HEAVY GAME GUNS WITH CASE. SN 19631/ 19632. (1982) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Dovetailed bbls are engraved “Westley Richards & Co. England” on narrow, concave game ribs. The numbers “1” and “2” are gold inlaid on rib extensions, top levers, and forend latches. Bbl flats are stamped with 1982 Birmingham nitro proofs. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs. Case hardened scallop-backed actions are fitted with renowned Westley Richards patent detachable locks (drop locks), with blued hinged lock access covers. Actions feature automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold) and single selective triggers. Actions and lock covers are engraved with 85% coverage of well cut medium scroll. “Westley Richards” is in scroll terminated ribands on each side of actions, and “Westley Richards Patent One Trigger” is around top lever pivots. Hand detachable locks are engine turned with some engraving on pivots and pins, and have “L” and “R” inlaid in gold on tops. Single beaded trigger guards have SNs engraved on ribands on short tangs. Nicely streaked and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstocks measure 14-5/8″ over russet brown leather covered pads. Standard point pattern checkering has mullered borders. There are two vacant gold ovals on toe line, one fairly large. Matching splinter ejector forends have inlet black composition tips. Gun no. “1”: Bore diameter: left-.728, right -.727. Bore restrictions: left -.022 (mod), right -.012 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.033. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Gun no. “2”: Bore diameter: left-.728, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.021 (mod), right -.012 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.033. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 11.5 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Makers oak and leather two gun case with brass corners, has canvas and leather trimmed outer cover. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and has black leather gold embossed label on lid. Partitions have oak tops. Case contains 12 ga. snap caps, a square oil bottle, and the key. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, showing little evidence of use, with only a few scattered miniscule marks on wood and metal. Mechanically crisp. Case is excellent. A nicely balanced, well matched pair. 4-47361 MGM75 (25,000-40,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL MATCHED PAIR OF DANIEL FRASER BOXLOCK EJECTOR HEAVY GAME GUNS WITH CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 2029/ 2030. (ca 1893) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Dovetailed steel bbls. This fine pair of guns exude the quality for which the firm of Daniel Fraser is noted. Bbls are nicely struck with file cut, concave game ribs, engraved “Barrels Manufactured By Dan’l. Fraser & Co. 4 Leith St. Terrace Edinburgh” in scroll flanked device toward rear. There are pyramids of fine scroll engraving at breech ends. Muzzles extend 1/16″ beyond ribs and keels. This unusual treatment is often used by Fraser on some of his double guns and rifles. Bbl flats are stamped with London post 1888 black powder proofs. SNs are on dovetails. Case hardened boxlock actions feature doll’s head and pivoting bolt third fasteners, bushed strikers, intercepting sears, double triggers, and automatic safeties (SAFE on gold band with black enamel background, red enameled dot is visible in fire position – another Fraser exclusive). Actions are engraved with complete coverage beautifully cut, fully shaded, small scroll with “Dan’l Fraser & Co” in ribands on each side. Fences are carved with raised beads at interface with breeches, and full relief scroll flanked fleur-di-lis with scroll engraved backgrounds. Pivots of top levers are engraved “Fraser’s Patent”. Gun numbers “1” and “2” are on top of levers, breech ends of ribs, and impressed into the wood on inside of forends. Charcoal blued trigger guards are also scroll engraved with SNs on bottoms of bows. Gun no. “1” has nicely marbled and stump/ burl figured walnut buttstock. Wood of gun no. “2” is finely fiddle figured with dark veining. Both stocks have long horn capped pistol grips, and measure 14-1/2″ over point pattern checkered horn buttplates. Stocks feature point pattern checkering at grip and checkered side panels which terminate in small nicely shaped drop points. Gold shields on toe lines are engraved with monogram “HCP”. Matching splinter ejector forends have Anson releases. Gun no. “1” (2029): Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.028 (full), right -.019 (mod). Wall thickness: left -.026, right -.024. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Gun no. “2” (2030): Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.735. Bore restrictions: left -.015 (mod), right -.016 (mod). Wall thickness: left -.020, right -.024. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Original makers oak and leather two-gun case with brass corners, is embossed “H. C. Pierce St. Louis” in gold on top of lid. Interior is lined in scarlet cloth with gold embossed black leather Daniel Fraser and Co. label on lid. Case contains a complete array of mostly orig accessories including: G & J W Hawksley nickel-plated capper and de-capper, an unmarked ebony handheld roll crimping tool, pair of A & F marked snap caps, horn-handled turnscrew marked H & H, two Hawksley marked horn-handled turnscrews, boxwood striker bottle with pair of strikers, 2-pc brass and ebony cleaning rod with Turks head mop and jag, and a nickel-plated round pewter oil bottle, along with a large wad of tow. There are also disintegrating pages from an old Fraser catalog. Also included are green Abercrombie & Fitch hang tags for each gun. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain nearly all of an old high quality re-blue, engraving remains sharp. Actions retain 70 – 80% orig case hardening color, pleasingly silvered on high points. Floorplates, top levers, and trigger guards retain most of their orig charcoal blue, silvered at normal wear points, especially at trigger guard grips. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig hand rubbed oil finish with some minor marks, as expected from years of careful use. Both guns show evidence of wooden pins through cheeks of stocks under side panel checkering. There is no indication of any cracks or chips, and most likely this reinforcing was done when the guns were originally made to preclude any future problems. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Actions are tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case leather is dark and stained, some areas are lost on edges, with considerable scuffing. One strap is missing, the other is adapted from an old embossed belt. Handle is a later replacement, and is fine. Interior cloth is good with numerous areas of soiling and rubs from contact with guns and accessories. Label is excellent except for dime-sized area scuffed from contact with fence of one gun. Accessories are very fine to excellent, especially capper – de-capper which is near new. A truly exceptional pair of guns, perfect for high pheasants. 4-47130 MGM8 (25,000-35,000)

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*20 BORE E. J. CHURCHILL EXTRA FINISH (BY KELL) PREMIER PINLESS SIDELOCK LIGHT GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 4814. (ca 1932) Cal. 20 bore. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 25″ Chopper lump bbls with Churchill rib, gold inlaid “XXV”, are engraved “E. J. Churchill. (Gunmakers). Ltd” and “Orange St. Gunworks. Leicester Square. London.” on tops. There are 1-1/2″ pyramids of nicely cut scroll at breech ends. Damascened bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers, and “Choke”. SN is engraved on the bottom of each bbl. Splinter is engraved “Made in England”. Small, nicely scaled, pinless sidelock action is stocked to the fences, and features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and Miller single selective trigger (original double triggers and interceptors are in envelope in case). Sidelocks have grooved tumbler end cocking indicators. Action and lockplates are engraved with exceptionally well cut shaded scroll outlining vignettes of pheasants; a pair (cock and hen) flushing on bottom of action; trio (two cocks and hen) swooping off hillside on left lockplate; and another trio in meadow setting on right. “E. J. Churchill” is in scroll terminated riband on each lockplate. Blued top lever is gold inlaid with nicely rendered portrait of pheasant looking back over his shoulder. Engraving work most likely was done by Harry Kell, world renown engraver to the London trade. Blued trigger plate is gold inlaid “The – Premier – Quality”. Double beaded trigger guard is engraved with matching scroll with SN in riband at grip. Finely figured and nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over ribbed horn buttplate, and features nicely shaped drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a gold oval on toe line engraved with initials “G. P.” Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.613, right -.613. Bore restrictions: left -.010 (light mod), right -.004 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.029. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Original makers toe under (V. C.) case has stitched leather corners and inset leather rectangle gold embossed “Grant Pierce”. Front right of top is embossed “20g PHEASANT GUN”. Interior is lined in burgundy baize with celluloid Churchill labels tacked in. Case contains 2-pc cocobolo and brass cleaning rod with mop, Turks head and jag; E. J. Churchill marked round oil bottle; and snap caps. Along with envelope containing orig double triggers and interceptors, are an orange “A & F” hang tag with particulars of this gun, and orig key with tag marked “Grant Pierce”. CONDITION: Excellent, original as found. Bbls retain 95% what appears to be orig black, with a few marks, thinning slightly at normal carry point. Action retains 30% orig case hardening color, balance silver to gray (color appears to have never been vivid). Lockplates retain 70 – 80% of their orig color. Trigger guard and top lever retain most of their orig charcoal blue. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig hand rubbed oil finish showing minor marks, as expected from normal use, along with a few light abrasions. There is a 1/2″ incipient check at rear of right lockplate, which also shows some minor chipping. Checkering shows little wear. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case is very fine. Exterior leather has some minor discoloration, and some knocks and bumps. Orig handle is good. Interior cloth is fine with some rubs, marks, and repairs. Accessories are very fine. Snap caps show some scratches and marks. “A & F” tag is very fine with some creases and fading. An exceptional, dynamic, golden age game gun with some distinctive, well thought out, touches. Just a lovely gun. 4-47118 MGM4 (18,000-23,000)

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*WILLIAM POWELL & SON BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR HEAVY GAME GUN WITH EXTRA BARRELS AND CASE. SN 15058. (ca 1957) Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers on 30″ chopper lump bbls and 2-3/4″ chambers on 28″ chopper lump bbls. 30″ Bbls with flat, matted, pigeon rib are engraved “William Powell & Son.” and “35 Carrs Lane, Birmingham.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with 1957 Birmingham proofs and “SP” (special proof mark), “4 Tons” along with “3” Magnum”. Bbls are also stamped with 1983 Birmingham proof mark. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs. 28″ Bbls with only 1983 proof marks for 2-3/4″ chambers on flats, are engraved with William Powell and address on concave game rib. Breech ends of bbls have 2″ triangles of gold inlaid scroll and engraving. Nicely filed case hardened sidelock action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), double triggers, and dolls head extension with pivoting bite third fastener. Action and lockplates are engraved with nearly full coverage very well cut medium shaded scroll with rose bouquet highlights. “WILLIAM POWELL & SON” is inlaid in gold on front of each lockplate. Well marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered wood butt, and features drop points, standard point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant gold oval on toe line. Nicely matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. 30″ Bbls: Bore diameter: left -.729, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.037, right -.021. Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.038. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz, LOP 14-1/2″. 28″ Bbls: Bore diameter: left -.727, right -.726. Bore restrictions: left -.016, right -.007. Wall thickness: left -.037, right -.036. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz, LOP 14-1/2″. Makers Brady leather case with brass corners is embossed on right front corner “A G B”. Interior with space for both bbls, is lined with burgundy cloth having makers label on lid, with notation “No. 15058 completed December 1983”. Case contains walnut and brass 2-pc cleaning rod with mops and brushes, pair of black composition and brass snap caps, and maker marked square oil bottle. CONDITION: Excellent, near new. From all appearances this is a gun left unfinished (in the white) in the 1950’s, finally completed with extra 28″ bbls fitted in 1983, and has had very little use since, retaining nearly all of its orig finish, with only a few minor handling marks on bbls, and the slightest of silvering on action beads. Buttstock has a few minor marks and pings from limited handling and use. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case is near new. A fine quality gun with each bbl set having feel and balance matching its intended purpose. 4-48266 MGM150 (12,500-17,500)

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*FINE AND RARE W.W. GREENER IMPERIAL GRADE “G EJECTOR” LIGHT GAME GUN. SN 64810. (1916) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chamber. 26″ Dovetailed bbls have narrow, concave, matted game rib engraved “W. W. Greener Maker, 29, Pall Mall London, Works, St. Mary’s Square. Birmingham” in unmatted portion of rib. Breech ends of bbls have 2″ triangles of unusual well cut shaded scroll with oak leaf and acorn central motif. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham nitro proofs for 1-1/4 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Greener’s elephant logo trademark, SNs, and “Wrought Steel”. Right bbl is stamped “CYLr”. Rear of front lump is fitted with Greener’s unique G ejector mechanism. Scallop-backed, modified boxlock (facile princeps) action has nicely filed reinforcing bolsters, arcaded fences, and non-automatic Greener side safety. Blued top lever has gold inlaid crown and scepter denoting imperial grade (“Grade G 105” is marked on trigger guard tang, along with SN). Action is engraved with beautifully cut thin tendrils of shaded open scroll highlighted by wheat stalk and oak leaf, and cattail motifs. This fine scroll outlines small vignettes of nicely rendered dogs and birds. Nicely marbled and lightly figured European walnut “Prince of Wales” grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over “White Line” open sided pad. Stock features very fine scallop patterned borderless checkering, complex inlaid horn drop points, and a vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching splinter forend has large inlet fancy horn tip and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left -.730, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.027, right -.006. Wall thickness: left -.023, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz, LOP 14-1/2″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain nearly all of a nicely colored re-black, done with very little polishing. Engraving is left crisp. A few light areas of pitting have not been polished out. Action has traces of orig case hardening color in protected areas, and is mostly a pleasing pewter gray. Stocks retain what appears to be remnants of their orig finish, with some oil added, with some refinishing of butt section when pad was added. Replacement pad is presently petrified. Checkering is slightly worn and somewhat dirty. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time, and work flawlessly. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. A very fine, top of the line light game gun. 4-46342 MGM19 (7,500-9,500)

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*JOHN HARPER SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 1709. (ca 1950) Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 28″ Dovetailed bbls with narrow, matted, concave game rib, are engraved “John Harper” “3. Price Street. Birmingham.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers, and 1990 London reproofs, also for 2-1/2″ chambers. Full sidelock action is stocked to the fences, and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), sliding bolt third fastener, and double triggers. Action is engraved with well cut medium scroll with rose bouquet highlights in classic English style. “John Harper” is on each lockplate. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip. Nicely streaked and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 15-5/16″ over checkered wood butt, and features drop points and standard point pattern checkering with mullered borders. Matching splinter Southgate ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.039 (Full), right -.005 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.020, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 15-5/16″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain nearly all of a lustrous factory quality re-black. Action retains most of its orig case hardening color, muting overall, but vivid where protected under fences. Top lever and trigger guard re-blued, and retain most of that blue. Buttstock is a well done, correctly styled, replacement, retaining most of its orig finish, checkering slightly worn. Forend refinished, checkering re-cut. Bores are bright and shiny. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. A solid Birmingham sidelock. 4-47372 MGM40 (4,500-6,500)

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*HIGH QUALITY JOHN BLANCH & SON SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 6197. (ca 1905) Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Chopper lump bbls are engraved “J. Blanch & Son. 29. Gracechurch Street London.” and “Whitworth Steel” on concave game rib with third bite extension. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers, and with Whitworth sheaf of wheat trademarks. SN is on bottom of bbls. Case hardened full sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), gold band tumbler end cocking indicators with band continuing on lockplates, Webley & Scott style vented breeches, pivoting third fastener, and double triggers. Action and lockplates are strikingly engraved in an exceptionally well cut mixture of large open scroll surrounded by smaller shaded open scroll, which also surrounds “J. Blanch & Son” on both lockplates. Engraving on fences is in slightly higher relief large shaded open scroll. This fine scroll is offset further by broad well filed beads on bottom of action that are unadorned. Large scroll continues onto trigger guard bow and tang, which has SN in relief. Nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over 3/8″ thick checkered horn buttplate, and features drop points, standard point pattern checkering, and a silver oval on toe line engraved “GHR”. Fully checkered, splinter, ejector forend has modified Webley & Scott lever release. Bore diameter: left-.728, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.008 (IC), right -.000 (Cyl). Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.027. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a fine quality satin re-black with one or two light marks, engraving clear. Action retains traces of orig case hardening color where protected, under fences, but is mostly pleasing pewter gray. Top lever, forend iron, and trigger guard have been re-blued, and retain nearly all of that blue. Stocks retain nearly all of a new rubbed oil finish with a few light handling marks, sharp edges preserved, checkering re-cut. Bores are excellent, with a hint of frosting at breech ends. Action is slightly loose, with a hint of light visible at breechface. Ejectors are in time. 4-48181 MGM170 (4,000-6,000)

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*HOLLAND AND HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS EJECTOR LIGHT GAME GUN. SN 22377. (1899) Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Fine Damascus bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland, 98. New Bond Street, London.” on narrow, concave game rib. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers. SNs are on bottoms of bbls. Coin finished Royal sidelock action is stocked to the fences, and features automatic safety and double triggers. Action is engraved with well cut, medium, shaded scroll with rose bouquet highlights, as often found on early Royals. “Holland & Holland” is engraved on both lockplates and top lever. Bottom of action is engraved “The Royal Hammerless Ejector”. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN on short rounded tang. Nicely figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over serrated rosewood buttplate. Stock features diamond hand, drop points, standard point pattern checkering, and a gold oval on toe line engraved “G. H. Clarkson” “Wentworth”. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.741, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.022 (Mod), right -.008 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.019, right -.022. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain most of a grayish re-brown with fair definition to pattern, which is slightly etched. Engraving is still clear. Action has some areas of darkening, and striations on bottom. Forend iron, top lever, trigger plate, and trigger guard have been re-blued, and retain most of that satin blue. Stocks refinished and retain most of the finish, edges slightly rounded, checkering re-cut. There are some repairs at top horns of buttstock. Bores are fine, with some light frosting throughout, with a few small dents in both bbls. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. 4-48182 MGM169 (4,000-6,000)

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*.410 ARTHUR ILSLEY BOXLOCK EJECTOR LIGHT GAME GUN WITH HUEY CASE. SN 2165. Cal. .410 ga. 3″ Chambers. 27″ Dovetailed bbls are engraved “A. Ilsley & Co. St. Mary’s Row, Birmingham.” on concave game rib. Bbl flats are stamped with 2006 London nitro proofs for 3″ chambers, as well as earlier Birmingham nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers. Tiny case hardened boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold) and double triggers. Action has 60% coverage nicely cut medium scroll with “A. Ilsley & Co” gold inlaid on each side. Top lever, bottom plate, and trigger guard are blued and also scroll engraved. SN is at grip. Lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over Silver type pad, and has drop points, as well as flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders. Matching splinter forend is fitted with Southgate ejectors and has Anson release. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.385, right -.390. Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.035. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 4 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. High quality oak, brass, and leather motor case with leather trimmed canvas outer cover, has brass Huey label on top. Interior is lined in dark green suede with Arthur Ilsley label, and contains two 410 bore snakes, two keys, and invoice for this case totaling over $2500.00. CONDITION: Very fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a London quality re-black undoubtedly done at time of re-proof. Action retains 30 – 40% orig case hardening color. Blued parts retain most of their blue, except trigger guard which has mostly flaked to about 20%. Stocks retain nearly all of an older oil refinish, edges slightly rounded. Checkering has not been re-cut, but borders around top tang have. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case is excellent, near new. Outer cover shows some scuffs in leather. Interior is excellent. A fine little quail gun with great dimensions and balance. 4-47713 MGM145 (8,500-12,500)

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*WEBLEY & SCOTT BOXLOCK EJECTOR .410 GAME GUN WITH HERMANN GOERING CREST. SN 99145. (ca 1924) Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. 26-1/8″ Dovetailed bbls with medium, concave, game rib, are engraved “Webley & Scott Ltd” and “Birmingham.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham nitro proofs for .410 and 1989 re-proofs for long chambers (3″). Small boxlock action features automatic safety (SAFE engraved), screw grip third fastener, bushed strikers, and double triggers. Action is engraved with leaf borders and flourishes of nicely cut scroll around screws and pivot pins. “Webley & Scott Ltd” is engraved on each side. Top lever, floorplate, and trigger guard are blued with border engraving and SN at grip. Lightly streaked European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over serrated wood butt, and features flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders. A silver oval on toe line is engraved with mailed arm holding ring with a shield over the number “27”. This arm and ring device is the Goering family crest. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter at muzzle: left-.404, right -.405. Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.033. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 4 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Gun comes with German style soft leather carrying case with oval, nickel-plated medallion on closing flap, engraved “Fritz Hasse in Godesberg”. CONDITION: Very good. Bbls retain nearly all of a well done re-black, engraving left sharp. Action retains traces of orig case hardening color where protected, and is mostly pewter gray to brown. Other parts are re-blued, and retain nearly all of that blue, engraving slightly washed. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish with a number of minor marks and knocks, as would be expected from normal use. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case leather is supple, darkened, with some top grain loss. Straps and handles are intact, except one strap on accessory pouch. A fine light little gun with great dimensions, and an interesting history with possible connection to Hermann Goering, who had many guns in various hunting lodges across Germany during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. The significance of the “27” is unknown, possibly a rack or inventory number. Further research might prove fruitful. 4-47081 MGM18 (10,000-13,500)

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WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST ANSON DEELEY BOXLOCK GAME GUN WITH TWO SETS OF BARRELS AND ORIGINAL CASE. SN 13578. (ca 1882) Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Damascus bbls have one set choked modified and IC, the other full and full. Both sets of bbls are engraved “Westley Richards. 170. New Bond St. London.” on concave game ribs. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs. Each bbl is stamped “Not for Ball” except cylinder bbl. Open choke bbls are numbered to gun, full choke bbls are numbered “13867”. It was Westley Richards policy to assign a new SN for each set of bbls. Undoubtedly these two sets, although not consecutive, were made at the same time. Case hardened boxlock action is stamped “Anson & Deeley’s Patent” and with use number “4149” on water table. Action features automatic safety and double triggers. Locking is accomplished with only Westley Richards patent top bolt, and dolls head extension, as found only on early Anson Deeley actions. It was later combined with Purdey’s double under-bolt. Action is engraved with nearly full coverage tight small scroll. “Westley Richards” is in scroll terminated ribands on each side. Trigger guard is engraved with pointer and birds on bow, and with scroll and SN on tang. Well streaked and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over checkered wood butt with steel heel and toe plates. Side panels are checkered and have tear-shaped drop points. Flat top grip checkering is of point pattern with mullered borders. A silver circle on toe line is engraved with sovereigns crown held aloft in a fist over initials “W. St. L. R”. (Top of case is embossed “W. St. L. Robertson”). Matching splinter forend has horn tip and Deeley release. Open choke bbls: Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.025 (Mod), right -.000 (Cyl). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.031. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Full choke bbls: Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.037, right -.035. Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.029. Drop at heel: 1-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Makers original oak and leather case with brass corners and sliding brass secondary locks, is lined in green baize with three labels on lid. One has instructions for cleaning, another instructions for using, and the third central label is normal Westley Richards trade label with Prince of Wales plume. Case is partitioned for both bbl sets and contains 3-pc brass and ebony cleaning rod, brass and ebony James Dixon 12 bore chamber brush, and a 12 ga Tomlinson bore cleaner in orig box. CONDITION: Fine, original as found. Bbls retain 60 – 90% orig brown. Open choke bbls show the most wear and use. Action retains a considerable amount of orig case hardening color, mostly in protected areas, and is mostly a gray to brown. Stocks retain most of their orig oil finish with numerous handling marks and light scratches. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are fine. Open choke bbls have considerable scattered pitting. Full choke bbls have a few pits in right bbl toward breech. Action is tight. Open choke bbls have a hint of looseness. Full choke bbls are on face, Open choke bbls are slightly off face. Case leather is dark, stained, and rubbed. Handle is missing. Replaced straps are good. Interior cloth is considerably soiled and marked from contact with bbls and gun, and has a bit of dust and mold. Labels are oil soaked, and dark brown, with some rubs. Accessories are very fine. A nice handling old gun. A brief Google search shows most probable original owner was a member of the Oxford rowing team, who most likely emigrated to Australia in the 1880’s. 4-48144 MGM158 (4,000-6,000)

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*PAIR OF BONEHILL BOXLOCK GAME GUNS WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 1866N/ 2219N. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This pair of guns are gold inlaid with nos. “1” or “2”, for each gun respectively, on rib extensions and top levers (not on forends). Gun no. “1” has 30-1/4″ steel bbls with sunken game rib with raised rear extension and small front ramp. that is engraved “Belmont Interchangeable” and “Three Bell Steel” on tops. Gun no. “2” has 28″ sleeved bbls with no front ramp. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs. Case hardened actions have nicely filed beads, and feature automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, and double triggers. Action of gun no “1” is engraved with nearly full coverage medium scroll framing ovals of rose and scroll on each side. Fences are carved with a semi relief rosebud (?). Action of gun no. “2” is engraved with nearly full coverage well cut tight scroll framing naive vignettes of dogs and game on sides; setters and snipe on left, and on right they are pointing flushing pheasant. Bottoms of both actions are engraved “Belmont Interchangeable Hammerless”. Trigger guards are scroll engraved and each have grade (?), “1D1H” at grip. Stocks of nicely matched, well streaked, and nicely figured European walnut with “Prince of Wales” grips, which are interestingly fluted, have inlet horn buttons at ends, and are nicely checkered in flat top point pattern. Side panels are recess carved, with checkering in recesses, and have inlet horn arrow-shaped drop points. Stocks both measure 14-1/4″ over composition buttplates with Bonehill logos. Grip area of gun no. “2” has been repaired with brass overlay screwed onto both sides. Matching splinter forends have Anson releases. Gun no. “1”: Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.732. Bore restrictions: left -.040 (Full), right -.001 (Cyl). Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.030. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Gun no. “2”: Bore diameter: left-.721, right -.719. Bore restrictions: left -.018 (Mod), right -.007 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.040, right -.040. Drop at heel: 2-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Original makers oak and leather two gun case with shaped brass corners is embossed “A. Holford – Gower,” “10, Queen’s Road Mansions” “LONDON. W.” There are some British Railway stickers on top. Case is lined in scarlet cloth, and has paper Bonehill label on lid, with partitions for both guns. CONDITION: Gun no. “1” is fine, with most of an old re-black on bbls, engraving somewhat softened. Action retains traces of case color where protected, is mostly a gray brown. Wood retains most of what appears to be its orig oil finish, lightly cleaned on butt. Checkering is slightly worn, with some diamonds missing. Bores are very good, mostly shiny, with some scattered light pitting throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Gun no. “2” is good. Newly sleeved bbls retain nearly all of their shiny blue with some scattered rusting toward muzzle. Orig engraving of mono-bloc is considerably softened. Action retains perhaps 20 – 30% orig case hardening color, and is mostly silver gray. Wood with aforementioned brass plate repair, which is toned to mustard and orange, otherwise has wood similar to gun no. “1”. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Case is fine, darkened, with numerous rubs around edges. Straps are missing. handle replaced. Interior cloth is fine with some slight insect damage, marks and rubs, and light soiling from contact with guns and bbls. Label is good, somewhat foxed, with one nickel sized rub. 4-48179 MGM166 (4,000-6,000)

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EARLY W. RICHARDS (LIVERPOOL) 8 GAUGE WATERFOWLER. SN 6786. (1877) Cal. 8 ga. 3-1/4″ chamber. 34″ Damascus bbls are engraved “W Richards 27 Old Hall (?) Street Liverpool” and with SN on wide, concave top rib. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham nitro proofs for 3-1/4″ chambers, makers name, address, and SN. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with London black powder proofs and “6”. A sling loop is screwed to bottom rib. Jones under-lever action is fitted with rebounding bar locks with tall serpentine hammers. Action and lockplates are engraved with approx 50% coverage well cut medium scroll. “W. Richards” is in scrolled ribands on each lockplate. Nicely marbled, and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. Stock features coarse point pattern checkering at grip, with sling loop and vacant silver shield on toe line. Matching splinter forend with Deeley release has inset horn tip. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.800, right -.803 (Both bbls proofed at .813). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.033. Drop at heel: 1-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 10 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain 85 – 90% of an old re-brown with numerous scratches. Action is pewter gray with some light pitting. Stocks retain most of an old oil refinish, edges slightly rounded, with a number of subsequent marks. Checkering is worn, but functional. Bores are very good, mostly bright and shiny, with a few scattered pits. Action is very slightly loose. Bbls are slightly off face. Locks are crisp. A fairly high quality big bore with great shootable dimensions. 4-47590 MGM93 (3,500-5,500)

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WILLIAMS & POWELL (LIVERPOOL) 10 GAUGE WATERFOWLER. SN 8637. Cal. 10 ga. 31″ Damascus bbls are engraved “William & Powell 25 South Castle St Liverpool” on raised, concave rib with dolls head extension. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, and Birmingham nitro proofs at .775 and .751, as well as, “Sleeved”. Bottoms of tubes are also nitro proofed. Top lever action with round bar is fitted with back action rebounding locks with serpentine hammers. Action and locks are engraved with 30% coverage English scroll. Well figured and lightly marbled European walnut semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over checkered wood butt, with point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter forend has inlet horn tip and pluck-off release marked “W. Anson Patent”. Bore diameter: left-.747, right -.775. Bore restrictions: left -.003, right -.032. Wall thickness: left -.060, right -.033. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 8 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of an attractive brown finish most likely applied when this unusual and high quality Damascus sleeving occurred. Action is polished to mostly bright. Locks retain considerable orig case hardening color where protected by hammers. Stocks retain most of an old oil finish with numerous marks and scuffs. Checkering of butt re-cut a while ago, forend checkering is worn and dirty. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. 4-47591 MGM94 (1,500-2,500)

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*LATE THOMAS BLAND & SONS HAMMER HEAVY GAME GUN. SN 17935. (ca 1928) Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. 30″ Dovetailed bbls are engraved “Thomas Bland & Sons 4, & 5, King William Street, Strand, London.” on narrow, concave game rib. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham nitro proofs for 3″ chambers, and 1-1/2 oz of shot. Case hardened top lever action features Greener type crossbolt third fastener, side clips, double triggers and rebounding back action locks mortised into bar with serpentine hammers. Action and lockplates are engraved with about 40% coverage large shaded scroll with vine borders. “Thomas Bland & Sons” is on front part of lockplate where mortised into action bar. Dense, lightly fiddle figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over thin black KICKEEZ pad. Flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at wrist, and a vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has steel tip and Deeley release. Bore diameter: left-.728, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.037 (Full), right -.018 Screw choke (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.036, right -.033. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 85 – 90% orig blue. Action and lockplates retain 60 – 70% orig case hardening color. Top lever silvered at thumbpiece. Trigger guard is nearly all silver. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish. Butt, with some added oil, shows some light sanding most likely done when pad installed. Checkering is slightly worn and dirty. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. Top lever spring is broken. Aside from a few minor issues, this well made gun should be a great shooter. 4-47595 MGM101 (3,000-5,000)

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Revised: 3/9/2013

There is a small stress crack on either side of the trigger plate. The stock does not flex.

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. 4-47124 MGM27 (1,000-1,500)

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W & C SCOTT BAR ACTION HAMMER GUN WITH CASE. SN 24769. (1879) Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Two stripe Damascus bbls are engraved “W & C. Scott & Son. Makers & Patentees. London.” on raised, concave game rib. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs for 16 bore and 17 muzzles, along with “Not for Ball”. Case hardened top lever action is fitted with bar locks with tall serpentine rebounding hammers. Action and lockplates are engraved with about 50% coverage medium scroll. Lockplates have running dogs at fronts above “W & C Scott & Son”. Game birds are at tails. Hammers and fences are nicely filed. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip, which also has Scott castle logo engraved, and extends to horn grip cap. Nicely marbled stump European walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over plain steel buttplate. Point pattern checkering is at grip, and a vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has Scott’s patent lever release. Bore diameter: left-.667, right -.665. Bore restrictions: left -.011 (IC), right -.016 (light mod). Wall thickness: left -.044, right -.043. Drop at heel: 2-13/16″, drop at comb: 1-13/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. Old leather case with brass corners is lined in scarlet cloth with reproduction Scott label in lid, and contains an array of orig and some newly made tools and accessories, including newly made cocobolo and brass 2-pc cleaning rod and ebony handled offset striker key. Old accessories include 16 ga Hawksley nickel-plated chamber brush, brass and rosewood handled shot dipper, nickel-plated 16 ga broken case extractor, bone striker bottle, square crystal oil bottle with nickel-plated top, and 5 CBC 16 ga brass cases. CONDITION: Fine as refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a good quality re-brown with fine definition to pattern. Action retains nearly all of a re-color case hardening. Stocks refinished, and retain most of that finish over numerous minor marks, checkering re-cut, borders not mullered. Wood is considerably below metal. Bores are good, shiny with scattered light pitting. Action is tight. Bbls are off face. Locks are crisp. Case leather is dark and oiled. One strap is missing, and the other is a recent replacement. Handle is good but getting tender. Interior cloth is considerably soiled and dark. Partitions have been refitted and covered with cloth that does not quite match rest of case. Old accessories are fine, chamber brush and striker case especially so. New accessories are excellent. 4-47087 MGM36 (3,000-5,000)

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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. 4-47121 MGM14 (1,500-2,500)

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*HIGHLY EMBELLISHED P. BERETTA HAMMER GUN. SN 70473. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Mono-bloc bbls with raised, flat, matted rib engraved with pigeon on extension, are also engraved “P. Beretta Gardone V. T.” and “Acciaio Polbi – Anticorro” on sides. Bbl flats are stamped with Italian proofs, “Choke”, “P. Schultze”, and “Anticorro”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with choke information. Top lever action features square bolt third fastener, side clips, gas vents, and double triggers (front articulated). Rebounding back action locks have high spurred serpentine hammers. Action is embellished with large scroll with relief dogs heads on either side of bar along with relief engraved scroll on sides, and roses on top of fences. Locks are engraved with matching scroll with large rose bouquets. Nicely marbled, stump figured European walnut “Prince of Wales” grip buttstock measures 14″ over Silver type pad, and features skip line checkering, drop points, a sunburst horn grip cap, and a large silver shield on top of comb. Matching splinter forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.727, right -.727. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (Full), right -.023 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.025, right -.028. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain 90% of an old re-blue, thinned at normal carrying point. Sling swivels were removed from bottom rib, holes welded. Action retains most of its orig coin finish, dark, and needs cleaning. Top lever and trigger guard re-blued, and retain most of that blue. Stocks retain most of an oil refinish, pad new. Bores are bright and shiny. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. Would make an eye catching shooter. 4-47594 MGM97 (3,000-5,000)

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*FINE PAIR OF BERETTA SO-6 GAME GUNS AND CASE. SN C11985B/ C11986B. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. This fine pair of guns was ordered by Tony Jacklin to commemorate his wins in the US and British open tournaments of 1969 and 1970. The likeness of these trophies is engraved on the bottom of each shotgun; US open trophy on gun number 1 and British Open 1969 on gun no. 2. 28″ Mono-bloc bbls with matted, ventilated ribs, are engraved “P. Beretta – Italy” on left rears. Bottoms of mono-blocs are stamped with grades, Italian proofs, and SNs. The numbers “1” and “2” are gold inlaid on top rears of bbls behind trigger guard bows and on forend latches. Coin finished, low profile, O/U actions feature selective single triggers, automatic safeties, and Beretta’s well known crossbolt locking system. Actions are engraved with very well cut small scroll, and with aforementioned trophies on bottoms. “P. Beretta” is in scrolled riband on each side, as well as on bottom of action above trophies. Lockplates with scroll at tails are engraved with a variety of very well cut Bulino vignettes of dogs and game. Left lock of gun no. “1” has pointer with trio of grouse with background of moorland; a labrador bounds after trio of pheasant, one flushing from hedgerow on right. Gun no. “2” portrays a pair of Brittany spaniels, one pointing a woodcock with the other honoring point on left lock; with pair of setters flushing quail on right. Engravers signatures are on trigger plates. Top levers with pierced thumbpieces have gold inlaid crowns. Double beaded trigger guards have SNs at grips. Nicely matching, finely marbled, and lightly figured European walnut full pistol grip buttstocks measure 14-5/8″ over thin, brown, solid pads, and feature right hand palm swells. Point pattern checkering has line border, and gold ovals engraved “TJ” are on bottom of each grip. Matching single piece forends have Deeley type releases. Gun no. “1”: Bore diameter: top -.723, bottom -.723. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top -.034, bottom -.033. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz, LOP 14-5/8″. Gun no. “2”: Bore diameter: top -.724, bottom -.724. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top -.035, bottom -.034. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz, LOP 14-5/8″. Makers Nizzoli leather motor case has combination lock, and is lined in dark olive felt with Beretta label in lid. Case contains three spare choke tubes, and wrench for each gun, warranty, and Beretta combination tool. PROVENANCE: Letter dated 11/3/1995 from Tony Jacklin outlining his ordering of this pair of guns. CONDITION: Excellent, showing light use and maintenance. Bbls retain nearly all of a very fine professional re-blue. Coin finished actions show some light polishing over some pinprick pitting especially on the bottom of gun no. “1”. Stocks have a few minor marks from light handling and use. Bores are excellent. Actions are tight. Ejectors are in time. Triggers work. Case leather shows numerous marks and scuffs. Handle and straps are good. Interior cloth is fine, label shows some deterioration. A unique and compelling pair of guns owned by a British golfing great. 4-46811 MGM277 (35,000-45,000)

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*VERY FINE IVO FABBRI OVER-UNDER PINLESS SIDELOCK SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 3536. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26-3/4″ Demi-bloc bbls fitted with solid, concave rib are engraved “Ivo Fabbri – Brescia – ” and “Vacuum Arc Remelting Steel” on either side of rib. Bbl flat is stamped with 1998 Italian nitro proofs. Bbls are fitted with Briley flush mounted choke tubes. Sublime, French gray finished, low profile, O/U action fitted with pinless sidelocks, also features non-automatic safety (SICURA inlaid in gold), nicely chiseled fences, and non-selective single trigger. It is engraved with very fine, cleanly cut, classic, small scroll with rose bouquet highlights. “IVO FABBRI” is inlaid in gold on each side and on bottom of action. This fine engraving is by Creative Art, with individual craftsman’s signature, “G. Steduto” on trigger plate. SN is gold inlaid on tang of matching steel trigger guard. Finely marbled and nicely figured European walnut round knob buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over black leather covered pad. There is a vacant silver oval on toe line, and grip is checkered in point pattern with line borders. Full one piece ejector forend has Anson release in typical Fabbri wraparound steel tip. Bore diameter: top -.724, bottom -.724. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.032, bottom -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. High quality leather case with stitched leather corners is lined in burgundy cloth with large paper Fabbri label in lid. Case contains a pair of Torex screw drivers, Beretta snap caps, and Briley choke tube removal tool. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, appears unfired. There are some assembly and disassembly marks on polished area of breech end of bbls, with only two or three of the faintest storage and handling marks on wood or metal, except for small area on right side of butt with a few light scratches. Case is excellent with a few minor handling marks on exterior. Straps and handle show minimal use. Interior cloth is excellent with some slight compressions. Current retail for Fabbri guns starts at $100,000.00. 4-48245 MGM200 (25,000-35,000)

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*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE DASSA ENGRAVED BERTUZZI ORIONE 20 GAUGE GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 6092. (2003) Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Finely struck 29″ chopper lump bbls with file cut, concave game rib, are engraved “Flli. BERTUZZI ITALY” on top of left bbl. Bbl flats and bottoms of bbls are stamped with 2003 Italian nitro proofs, SN and “Armi Bertuzzi”. Bottoms of bbls are also marked “New England Arms Co.” and “Kittery Point, ME U. S. A.” Nicely sculpted and filed, round body, coin finished boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold) and single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved with complete coverage, exceptionally well cut small scroll. “Filli Bertuzzi” appears in scrolled ribands on each side, and on bottom above finely rendered Bulino portrait of Brittany spaniel retrieving woodcock, the work of noted engravers to the trade, the Dassa Brothers whose signature appears on trigger plate. Scroll engraved trigger guard with vacant oval on bow has gold inlaid SN at grip. Exceptional, flesh-toned, beautifully marbled, and nicely flame figured European walnut (most likely Tessier French, as N. E. Arms was known to have a good supply, and would supply blanks on special order guns) straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/16″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates, and features well cut 32 LPI point pattern checkering with line borders. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.625, right -.625. Bore restrictions: left -.020 (full), right -.007 (light mod). Wall thickness: left -.034, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-3/16″. Brown leather Nizzoli case with brass corners and canvas outer cover is lined in burgundy cloth with brown leather gold embossed Bertuzzi label stitched into lid. Case contains brass and cocobolo cleaning rod with brush, mop and jag, nickel-plated snap caps and oil bottle, with outer straps in covered compartment. CONDITION: Excellent,as new. Unfired, with only a few very minor marks in wood, mostly on right side of buttstock at rear of trigger guard bow. Case leather has some minor scuffs. Outer cover has considerable top grain covering deteriorated on trim. Interior cloth is excellent, as are accessories. A very fine gun, as were all from this renown firm. The Bertuzzi Brothers have retired and will no longer be creating these wonderful guns. 4-47078 MGM19 (23,000-33,000)

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*VERY FINE BERTUZZI ORIONE GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 6068. (2001) Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Finely struck chopper lump bbls with concave, matted game rib are engraved “Flli BERTUZZI ITALY” on top of left bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with 2001 Italian nitro proofs. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with chamber, choke information, as well as importer, “New England Arms Co Kittery Point, ME”. Coin finished, arched back, round bodied boxlock action has fences filed in style reminiscent of John Dickson, and features non-automatic safety and double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved with nearly full coverage small shaded scroll with “Flli BERTUZZI” in ribands on each side. This well cut scroll surrounds lifelike Bulino vignette of courting woodcock caught in mid dive on bottom of action. Engravers signature, “G Ferraglio”, is on trigger plate. Scroll engraved single beaded trigger guard has SN at grip. Exceptionally fine, beautifully fiddle figured and nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/4″ over fully checkered wood butt. Borderless point pattern checkering is at grip. Perfectly matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.622, right -.622. Bore restrictions: left -.007 (IC), right -.007 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.030. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-3/4″. Very fine russet leather Nizzoli case with brass corners is lined in burgundy cloth, and contains a pair of snap caps and a key. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with very faint cartridge halos on breechface, and only one or two of the slightest minor handling marks on wood or metal. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Case is excellent with only a few minor marks in exterior leather, and some creasing of straps. Interior is excellent, with only the slightest compression and marks of gun. A fine handling, well balanced gun. The Bertuzzi brothers are no longer building their line of fine shotguns. When last produced this model had a base price of approx $28,000.00. 4-48114 MGM129 (15,000-25,000)

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*ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI BEST LIGHTWEIGHT SIDELOCK GAME GUN. SN 010. (1980) Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. Nicely struck 27-1/2″ chopper lump bbls are fitted with concave game rib. “Abbiatico & Salvinelli” is engraved on left side of left bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with 1980 Italian proofs, “A & S”, and SN (010). This fine shotgun was one of the first made under the new numbering system under which only the finest guns were produced. The bottom of the rear lump of this gun is stamped with the first names of six of the craftsmen involved in its creation. Nicely filed full sidelock action features non-automatic safety (S engraved), bushed strikers, and double triggers (front articulated). Action and lockplates are finely engraved with beautifully cut miniscule scroll, framing very fine Bulino scenes of hunters, dogs, and birds; bottom of action with hunter and dog in foreground, with flock of mallards settling into marsh in background; right lockplate depicts group of mallards, also settling into marsh; left lockplate with setter and trio of snipe in foreground, one obviously hit and falling from sky, and a hunter with another setter is in background. This fine work was the product of the noted engraving school of Cesare Giovanelli, with signature on trigger plate. Single beaded trigger guard has matching fine shaded scroll with SN at grip. Dark, marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features diamond grip, drop points, and point pattern checkering with double line borders. Matching long splinter forend has Anson release. Uncheckered central diamond has gold “A & S” shield device inlet. Bore diameter: left-.728, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.025 (I mod), right -.008 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.021, right -.022. Drop at heel: 1-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, showing evidence of only a few firings (slight cartridge halos on breech face), with hardly any noticeable defects in wood or metal surfaces. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. A nicely balanced gun. 4-47090 MGM6 (14,000-19,000)

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*VERY FINE CASED PAIR OF .410 GAUGE ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUNS WITH FINE GAME SCENES BY GALEAZZI. SN 396/ 397. Cal. .410 ga. 3″ Chambers. 26-3/4″ Beautifully struck chopper lump bbls with flat, raised, matted game ribs, are engraved “Abbiatico & Salvinelli” on left sides. Bbl flats are stamped with 1980 Italian nitro proofs. Bottoms of right bbls are engraved “Abercrombie & Fitch – Houston – Texas”. Rear lumps are stamped with first names of craftsmen involved in production of these fine guns, including Mario (Abbiatico) and Remo (Salvinelli), along with Dante, Tony, Gian, and Poli. Rear portions of ribs are gold inlaid with “I” and “II”. The numerals “1” and “2” are gold inlaid on top levers and forend tips. Coin finished, full sidelock actions feature non-automatic safeties (S inlaid), bushed strikers, and double triggers. Actions are engraved with exceptionally well cut, tiny, shaded scroll, the work of G. Marco, whose signature appears on trigger plates surrounding exceptional Bulino renditions of animals and birds. Gun no. 1 has pointer and flushing quail in meadow on left lockplate; and a pair of pointers and flushing pheasant on right. Gun no. 2 has setter and flushing pheasant in open woodlands on left lockplate; and a covey of quail being flushed by setter on right lockplate. Both guns have unusual scenes of weasel attacking a grouse portraying both animals in midair falling from branch, on bottoms of actions. This scene is pictured in MODERN FIREARM ENGRAVINGS by Mario Abbiatico (figure 245 on page 146). These finely rendered vignettes are the work of Fausto Galeazzi, whose signature appears on lower tree branch of scenes on bottoms of actions, on front portion of lockplates, except with initials “FG” on right lockplate of gun no. 2. Scroll engraved single beaded trigger guards have SNs in parchment scrolls at grips. Nicely matched, beautifully marbled, flesh-toned European walnut straight grip buttstocks measure 14-3/8″ over dark brown leather covered pads, and feature point pattern checkering with line borders, diamond hands, and classic drop points. Gold ovals on toe lines are engraved with initials “M. H. A”. Matching semi-beavertail ejector forends have Anson releases, and inlaid silver “A & S” oak wreathed shield devices on central diamonds. Gun no. 1: Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.409, right -.416. Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.033. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Gun no. 2: Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.412, right -.417. Wall thickness: left -.037, right -.039. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. High quality leather double gun case with stitched leather corners is lined in scarlet velvet with stitched-in leather “A & S” label in lid, and is semi-French fitted for guns and accessories which include two pairs of snap caps, striker bottle, A & S marked round oil bottle, cleaning brushes and mops, and spare mainsprings and strikers in lidded compartment. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, showing little evidence of having been fired, with only a few minor marks on wood and metal, most notably a 1″ scratch on top of left bbl of gun no. 2, 6″ back from muzzle. There are a few minor handling marks on buttstocks. Mechanically crisp. Case leather is fine, with a number of minor scuffs. Straps are good. Handle replaced with a piece of belt. New keepers are screwed and riveted on. Interior cloth shows rubs and impressions from guns and accessories, with some slight staining. Accessories are excellent. A wonderful pair of guns – with today’s current model approaching $100,000.00 each. 4-47181 MGM43 (30,000-50,000)

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*ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI JOREMA PICCIONE EXTRALUSSO SIDELOCK OVER-UNDER CLAYS GUN WITH TWO SETS OF BARRELS AND CASE. SN 727. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ and 29-1/4″ Bbls. Nicely struck demi-bloc bbls with matted ventilated ribs are gold inlaid “Abbiatico & Salvinelli” on left side of top bbl on 29-1/4″. 28″ bbls are unsigned except on bbl flats, which are stamped “A & S” and with names of gunmakers. Classically and cleanly filed, coin finished, low profile, O/U action is engraved with Gianmarco Sabatti’s incomparable fine scroll with rose bouquet highlights in classic style. “Piccione – Extralusso” is engraved on riband on bottom of action. Inlaid gold wire bands outline action, edges, and beads. SN on trigger guard tang and the number “32” (under top lever) are also gold inlaid. Mr. Sabatti’s signature is on trigger plate. (A & S information card names G. Pedretti as engraver. He most likely did the gold inlay, one of his specialties.) Beautifully marbled European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 15″ over thin, black Decelerator pad. 20 LPI point pattern borderless checkering is at grip, which also has right hand palm swell. Matching one piece full forend has Anson type release. 28″ Bbls: Bore diameter: top -.735, bottom -.735. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.027, bottom -.032. Drop at heel: 1-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 15″. 29-1/4″: Bore diameter: top -.726, bottom -.726. Bore restrictions: top -.037 (Full), bottom -.027 (Mod). Wall thickness: top-.020, bottom -.025. Drop at heel: 1-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. LOP: 15″. Tan leather covered aluminum case by Fred Murchison, lined in burgundy cloth with A & S label on lid, has spaces for gun, forend, both sets of bbls, and ten choke tubes, nine of which are included (none in bbls). Accessories also include an “A & S” marked plated striker bottle containing spare strikers and mainsprings. CONDITION: Excellent, showing limited use. Bbls retain nearly all of their orig blue, with a few minor light rubs and dings. Coin finish of action is excellent. There are only a few minor handling marks in finish of stocks. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight. Mechanics are crisp. Top bbl of 28″ set has a few small dents on right side. Case leather has a number of scuffs, considerably on edges, with a few small areas lifted through to aluminum. Interior cloth is very fine with compressions and soiling from contact with gun and accessories. A very fine gun made during the time that the mission of A & S was to build the finest guns in the world. 4-48173 MGM151 (12,500-17,500)

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2192

*UNUSUAL PIOTTI BSEE TEN BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN A150. Cal. 10 ga. 3-1/2″ Chambers. Finely struck 33-1/2″ chopper lump bbls with file cut, concave game rib, are engraved “F.lli Piotti – Italy” on side of left bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with 2010 Italian nitro proofs. Importers name ( W L Moore & Co) is engraved on bottom of right bbl. Robust, scallop-backed, coin finished, boxlock action features non-automatic safety and double triggers. Action is engraved with nicely cut scroll and large rose bouquets. Bottom of action is engraved with more scroll, framing fine Bulino vignette of mallards rising from riverbank. Engravers signature “L. Vibrioni” is on trigger plate. Single beaded, scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip. Very fine, dense, dark marbled, reddish toned European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over full checkered wood butt. Diamond hand is checkered in point pattern style with line borders. Gold oval on toe line is engraved with initials “WN”. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release and closely inlet gold Piotti device on uncheckered central diamond. Bore diameter: left-.770, right -.770. Bore restrictions: left -.040 (full), right -.025 (mod). Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.033. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 8 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Dark brown leather Nizzoli case with stitched leather corners is lined in green baize with gold embossed black leather Piotti label stitched into lid. Case contains brown leather wallet with build card, proof certificate, and certificate of authenticity, along with baize bags for action and bbls. CONDITION: Excellent, nearly new, showing scant evidence of having been fired, with only slight cartridge halos on breechfaces. There are only one or two minor marks on bbls, with some darkening of coin finish on action, mostly on bottom. There are a few minor marks in stocks. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case is excellent with one or two minor scuffs in leather. Interior is excellent, near new. A very fine, long barreled big bore, that balances and handles extremely well. 4-47596 MGM80 (17,500-22,500)

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2193

*PERAZZI SCO – ORO “DRAGON” SPORTING CLAYS GUN WITH CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 62392. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 29-1/2″ Ventilated rib mono-bloc bbls with screw-in chokes, are marked “Perazzi SPA – MADE IN BRESCIA – ITALY” on left side of top bbl. Mono-bloc is stamped with SN and 1985 Italian nitro proofs. Low profile, coin finished action with removable V-spring trigger group, with selector at rear of trigger, is engraved with semi-relief acanthus and floral design framing back to back full relief gold dragons on both sides and bottom. Area on bottom of action relieved to accept forend iron, is gold inlaid “* SCO *”. Internals of trigger group are engine turned and trigger parts gold-plated. Nicely marbled, flesh-toned European walnut extreme pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/4″ over black “Kick-Eez” pad, and features high Monte Carlo comb, right hand palm swell, and fleur-di-lis checkering at side panels and grip with ribbons through pattern. Type 4 matching schnabeled forend has Deeley type release. Bore diameter: top -.725, bottom -.725. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.032, bottom -.038. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/8″. Weight: 8 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-3/4″. Red ABS Perazzi embossed case with three combination locks, is lined in dark green velvet, and contains 3 Briley choke tubes (2 are in gun), 6 Perazzi choke tubes, Briley tube wrench, Perazzi marked plastic case with spare mainsprings, strikers, and installation tools, pair of snap caps, stock mounting tool, Perazzi decal and an embroidered patch. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, with only the slightest halos on standing breech. Case and accessories are also near new. Perazzi makes some of the world’s best target guns, many shooters logging 150,000 rounds without a hitch. Suggested retail for this model is over $30,000.00. 4-47167 MGM29 (14,000-20,000)

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2194

*PERAZZI MX2000 OVER-UNDER HEAVY GAME GUN AND CASE. SN 117092. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. 29-1/2″ Mono-bloc bbls with matted, ventilated rib, and ventilated side ribs, fitted with interchangeable chokes, are marked “Perazzi BRESCIA MADE IN ITALY” on left ejector boss, and “IMPORTER – Perazzi – USA MONROVIA – CA” on right. Bottom of bottom bbl is stamped with 2000 nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Black finished, low profile, O/U action features non-automatic safety and removable trigger/ lock group, having V-springs. Action is engraved with sprigs of nicely cut scroll highlighting central scrolled device on both sides, having rose accents emblazoned in flush gold “Perazzi MX2000″. Nicely marbled and full flame figured European walnut point pattern checkered full pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/4″ over dark brown leather covered pad. Matching one piece ejector forend has Deeley type latch. Bore diameter: top -.724, bottom -.724. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top -.035, bottom -.035. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz, LOP 14-3/4”. Royal blue Cordura case with russet leather trim has “Perazzi” on central medallion. Interior is lined with blue cloth, and contains a red plastic box with three interchangeable chokes numbered 0, 8, and 10, along with wrench, another box with spare main springs, firing pins and assembly tool, a red nylon wallet with instruction manual and other paperwork, a stock removal tool and blue cloth bags for bbl and actions. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, having been fired very little, with only a few minor marks on metal, and a number of small pings and bumps in wood. Bores are excellent, mechanics crisp. Case and accessories are excellent. 4-48267 MGM153 (4,000-8,000)

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2195

*PERUGINI & VISINI MAESTRO GRADE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN BY TOMASONI. SN 2839. cal. 12 Ga. 29″ demi bloc bbls with hand filed ventilated game rib, open mid-rib, and white front Ray-bar sight. Coin finished sideplated box lock action is fully engraved with floral sprays and ribbons in matte ground encasing superb Bulino game scene vignettes of a fox flushing a cock pheasant of left sideplate, hunters in a field setting with pheasant on the right sideplate, and a striking portrait of a fox head on the floorplate. Hingepin bolsters feature delicate portraits of cock and hen pheasant. The work is signed by the Italian master “C. Tomasoni” on the trigger plate. Automatic ejectors with removable double trigger group that has gold-plated friction points. Mounted in custom un-checkered dark streaked honey-gold European walnut, field style forend and ebony capped full pistol grip stock with right-hand palm swell. Anson-style forend metal is engraved to match. Bore diameter: top -.729, bottom -728.. Bore restrictions: top -.036, bottom -.028. Wall thickness: top-.027, bottom -.022. Drop at heel:2 1/8″, drop at comb:1 3/8″. Weight:7 lbs.11 oz. LOP:15″ over solid red pad. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain 95% orig finish turning plum with signs of assembly and sharp edge wear. Receiver, trigger group, and forend metal retain virtually all of their original coin finish. Wood is sound and shows a few light assorted handling marks retaining 95% of the custom Tru-oil finish. Mechanically fine. Bores bright and shiny. Great working gun! 4-48265 JWD102 (6,000-9,000)

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2196

*CASED PAIR OF B. RIZZINI S782 EMEL OVER-UNDER GAME GUNS. SN 28725/ 28726. Cal. 20 ga. 3″ Chambers. Both guns are inlaid in gold with either “1” or “2” on ribs, top levers, and forend irons. 28″ Mono-bloc bbls with solid matted ribs are engraved “Rizzini Marcheno V.T. Italy” on top left, and “William Larkin Moore & Co (Importer)” on right. Coin finished, boxlock, sideplated, low profile actions feature single selective triggers and non-automatic safeties. Actions are engraved with 80% coverage well cut small scroll surrounding Bulino renditions of feathered game; Bobwhite on left lockplate, snipe on right, and a woodcock on bottom. Engravers signatures are on trigger plates. Blued top levers have pierced thumbpieces, and are engraved “BR”. Scroll engraved trigger guards are gold inlaid with monograms “DEF”, and have SNs at grips. Well matched, nicely marbled, and flame fiddle figured European walnut round knob buttstocks measure 13-3/8″ over tan leather covered pads, and have point pattern checkering at grips. Matching one piece forends have Anson type releases. Gun no. “1”: Bore diameter: top -.624, bottom -.624. Bore restrictions: screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.027, bottom -.024. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 13-3/8″. Gun no. “2”: Bore diameter: top -.620, bottom -.619. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.024, bottom -.030. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 13-3/8″. Makers leather two gun case has stitched leather corners, and metal rectangular plate on lid. Case is lined in burgundy cloth, with black Rizzini label in lid, and contains snap caps. CONDITION: Excellent, showing very little use, with a few minor marks on wood and metal. Thumbpieces and safeties are slightly silvered. Case is excellent with a few minor compressions and marks. Some slight impressions in interior cloth. 4-48126 MGM141 (8,000-12,000)

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2197

*Flli RIZZINI BOXLOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 1540. Cal. 20 ga. 3″ Chambers. Nicely struck 26″ chopper lump bbls with raised, matted game rib, are engraved “Puccinelli – Rizzini Made in Italy” and “Importer Jaqua’s Findlay Ohio” on tops. Left side of left bbl is engraved “20 – GA – 3”. Bbl flats are stamped with 1975 Italian nitro proofs for 3″ chambers. There are 2″ triangles of well cut scroll at breech ends, which also have narrow gold bands. Case hardened, cyma curve backed boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold) and single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved with nicely cut medium scroll with rose bouquet highlights. Gold wire inlay outlines edges and beads. Engravers signature, “A. Tuscano” is on trigger plate. Blued top lever and trigger guard are also gold wire inlaid and scroll engraved. Well marbled and lightly figured reddish toned European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over brown leather covered pad, and features drop points and 28 LPI borderless point pattern checkering. Matching beavertail ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.616, right -.614. Bore restrictions: left -.007 (IC), right -.002 (Skeet). Wall thickness: left -.040, right -.038. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Tan leather case with stitched leather corners is lined in red velvet with Puccinelli label on lid, is French fitted for action, and contains proof certificate and key. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 95% orig blue, thinning and silvering at muzzles and breeches. Action retains 98% orig case hardening color, only slightly silvered on bottom beads. Top lever, floorplate, and trigger guard retain nearly all of their orig blue. Stocks show some slight finish loss, mostly at front of grip and bottom of forend from normal carrying and use, with a number of light marks, mostly on butt. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case is very fine with a number of scuffs and rubs, as well as some tape stains on outer leather. Straps and handle are fine. Interior cloth has some soiling and rubs from contact with gun. Puccinelli label is beginning to detach. 4-48125 MGM142 (5,000-7,000)

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2198

*BERETTA DT 10 TRIDENT SPORTING CLAYS GUN WITH CASE. SN AF0847B. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. 32″ Bbls with matted ventilated rib and ventilated mid rib are engraved “Sporting P. Beretta – Italy” on top left of mono-bloc, along with chambers, warnings, etc. on top bbl. Massive action with removable trigger group is especially designed for the rigors of competition, with extra strong double locking bolt and uniquely shaped large thumb lever. Coin finished action is marked with Beretta logo and “DT 10 Trident” in gold on bottom. “P Beretta” is in gold on each side. Dense, lightly figured European walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 15-5/8″ over 1-5/8″ black KICK-EEZ pad. Stock features right hand palm swell and elliptical pattern checkering with double line borders. Matching forend with Deeley type release has schnabeled tip. Bore diameter: top -.730, bottom -.730. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.033, bottom -.035. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb:1-3/8″ . Weight: 9 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 15-5/8″. Gun is accompanied by blue ABS case marked “Beretta Team”. Interior is lined in blue/gray velvet, and contains 8 Beretta choke tubes, 5 in box (2 are installed in gun, for a total of 10), spare parts kit, stock tool, choke wrench, and some Beretta oil. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain nearly all of their blue. Action retains nearly all of its coin finish, with some silvering to secondary blued parts. Stock has numerous light marks in its orig finish. Pad recently added. There are some competition tags stuck around toe. Case is fine with numerous scuffs and marks on exterior. Latch of one lock is missing. Interior is good, with compressions from gun. Accessories are fine. 4-47708 MGM123 (3,000-5,000)

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2199

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE, GASTINNE RENETTE SIDELEVER TARGET/SHOT PISTOL WITH CASE. SN 12. Cal. .32 ga. 2-1/2″ Chamber. Smooth bore. Considerable choke. A best quality single shot pistol has 14″ fluid steel bbl with flat, tapered, matted, full length integral rib engraved “GASTINNE RENETTE A PARIS” in unmatted portion. Breech area has scroll engraved, beautifully filed, bolsters. There are no proof marks anywhere on this pistol (pre 1897). Bottom of bbl is stamped “GR” and with SN. Beautifully filed, case hardened, miniature, bar-in-wood side lever action is fitted with U-notch rear sight. Bar action lock has rebated tail of plate and nicely filed serpentine hammer. Action and lock are engraved with nicely cut, simple, small scroll with rose bouquet highlights, reminiscent of England’s “best” style. Side lever and spurred trigger guard are charcoal blued and scroll engraved. Finely figured European walnut stock extends to long bell-shaped grip with heavy case hardened steel cap. Point pattern checkering with double line borders wraps around grip. Short, uncheckered forend attaches to bbl with captive side nail through engraved steel lozenge shaped escutcheons. This unusual pistol comes in its original tan leather case with double latch closure with carrying straps. Top of case is embossed with initials “W.E.C.” Interior is lined in light tan kidskin and has lidded compartment containing cleaning jag and Turk’s head. A long compartment contains ebony headed swiveling cleaning rod. In “The Art of Wingshooting”,Leffingwell, 1895, the author states that Annie Oakley owned two single-barreled pistols made by this celebrated maker. These pistols had 14-inch barrels, and were made expressly for pigeon shooting. With them Miss Oakley scored nine out of ten pigeons from two traps, using one-half ounce of shot. Guns of this type were also used in simulated dueling competitions using wax projectiles at the Gastinne-Renette Gallery in Paris. Noted shooting expert Chevalier Ira Paine was awarded the Grand Medal d’Or on many occasions at these annual events. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, near new, as found. Bbl retains nearly all its orig bright blue, silvered slightly at muzzle, with a few minor marks, mostly on bottom. Action and lock retain nearly all their orig case hardening color. Side lever and trigger guard have slight silvering of their orig blue. Stocks retain nearly all their orig oil finish, which is quite dry. There is a 3/4″ shrinkage crack running from top of trigger plate toward front of action. Gun has obviously been in storage for a very long time with congealed oil on bright polish of lumps, and clouding brightness of case hardening. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight, bbl is on face. Lock is crisp. Case leather has darkened slightly, and has a few minor rubs. Carrying straps and handle are fine. Interior leather has some soiling and rubs through from contact with gun. Lid of interior compartment has detached, and needs attention. Cleaning accessories are excellent. A superb investment quality, unusual creation, of this highly regarded French maker. 4-46077 MGM11 (3,000-5,000)

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*FRANCOTTE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARRELED PISTOL WITH CASE. SN 23914. Cal. .410 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Smooth bore. 14″ Dovetailed bbls with raised, matted rib, are engraved “Auguste Francotte” and “Liege” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with Belgian nitro proofs and 1973 London re-proofs for 3″ chambers. Small, coin finished, boxlock action features automatic safety, Greener crossbolt third fastener, and double triggers. Action is engraved with 70% coverage very well cut flowing scroll, and has geometric beaded borders. Top lever and trigger guard are blued and scroll engraved. SN is on trigger guard tang. Point pattern checkered stock has large flared pistol grip shaped for right hand use. Splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.403, right -.401. Weight: 3 lbs. 7 oz. Leather case is lined in burgundy felt, with Francotte label in lid, and contains 2-pc wood covered steel cleaning rod with jag, brush and mop, as well as a container of cleaning patches, and a pair of 410 snap caps. PROVENANCE: Letter from BATF removing this gun from the provisions of the NFA, and further that they found it to be a “curio or relic”. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain nearly all of their orig blue with a few minor light scratches and marks. Action retains nearly all of its orig coin finish, triggers their case hardening color, and other furniture all of its lustrous orig blue. Stocks have only a few small mars in their orig oil finish. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Case leather has only a few minor rubs on corners and edges. Rectangular central panel replaced where initials were removed. Interior cloth has some minor insect damage, as well as rubs from contact with pistol. Label is very fine, lightly foxed, slightly soiled. A very interesting and rather cool rendition of the “snake charmer.” 4-47185 MGM144 (5,000-15,000)

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*32 GA. BELGIAN BOXLOCK GAME GUN, MADE EXPRESSLY FOR PROSPERO DONADIO, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. SN 10657. Cal. 32 ga. This dainty little gun with 28″ dovetailed steel bbls with raised, matted game rib, are engraved “Made in Belgium Specially for” and “Prospero Donadio Brooklyn, N. Y” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with Belgian proofs for 14mm. Makers SN is on bottom rib, which is also mounted with sling loop. Small, case hardened boxlock action features automatic safety (S inlaid in gold), square crossbolted and pivot bolted doll’s head third fastener, side clips, and double triggers. Action is engraved with about 50% coverage medium scroll. Nicely marbled, stump figured European walnut “Prince of Wales” grip buttstock measures 14″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Point pattern checkering has double line border. A sling loop matching that on bbl is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has Anson release. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.483, right -.508. Bore restrictions: left (full?), right (IC?). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.034. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain nearly all of their orig blue, with a few scattered minor handling marks. Action retains 70 – 80% orig case hardening color, silvered on high edges, fences, and bottom, with some light flecking. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish with many minor marks. Bores are excellent, but with considerable leading at throats, which should clean. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. A neat little high condition gun in an unusual gauge. 4-47089 MGM11 (5,000-8,000)

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*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. 4-47123 MGM28 (1,500-2,500)

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2203
Revised: 3/19/2013

Although this fine quality gun is marked August Francotte on the barrels, we cannot guarantee this gun was made by Francotte.

*FINE AND ULTRA RARE FRANCOTTE ROUNDED BODY OVER-UNDER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 25710. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 29-3/4″ Demi block bbls with narrow, file-cut, solid game rib, are engraved “Auguste Francotte” and “Brevete a Liege” on either side of top bbl. Bottom bbl is stamped with Belgian nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Unusual low profile action (under lug of bbl engages cutaway rotating hinge pin) has double locking bites at top of breech and features rounded action bar, automatic ejectors, non-automatic safety (S inlaid in gold), and Francotte’s single selective trigger, with sliding selector switch in place of left trigger. Action and lockplates are engraved with nearly full coverage lightly, but cleanly cut, large, shaded scroll. Pivot of blued top lever is relief engraved “Rasetti Buenos Aires” (The firm of Carlos Rasetti, importers of fine firearms, was established in 1857 and continued in business until the early 1960’s). Beautifully marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over serrated wood butt, and features diamond hand, point pattern checkering with double line borders, and a gold oval on toe line engraved with monogram “KR” over crossed hatchets. Matching 3-piece ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: top -.671, bottom -.671. Bore restrictions: top -.024 (strong modified), bottom -.019 (modified). Wall thickness: top-.022, bottom -.023. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. Modern high quality leather toe under case with stitched leather corners and snap canvas outer cover, which is also leather trimmed, is lined in scarlet cloth with gold embossed leather Francotte label, and contains a key. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 95% orig blue, with some minor marks and silvering on edges of rib, and at muzzles. Action retains 80% orig case hardening color, silvered on bottom from normal handling and use. Lockplates retain nearly all of their orig case hardening color. Top lever and trigger guard retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig blue. Stocks show some wear to their orig oil finish at grip and forend, from normal handling and use. Checkering is slightly worn, and a bit dirty. There are a number of minor marks on both buttstock and forend. Bores are excellent, shiny, with a hint of frosting and some minor marks at breech ends. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case is excellent. Outer cover has some slight discoloration and scuffs. Some minor marks in outer leather. Interior cloth is very fine with some minor tears and rubs, mostly from contact with bbls. An unusual small bore. 4-47091 MGM5 (12,500-17,500)

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*RARE FRANCOTTE FULL SIDELOCK OVER-UNDER 12 BORE GAME GUN. SN 90709. (1963) cal. 12 Gauge. 29″ Demi block bbls with tapered, file-cut, solid game rib, are engraved “Aug Francotte Liege Fait pour Mayor a Geneve” on left side of top bbl. Bottom bbl is stamped with Belgian nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Full sidelock action has automatic ejectors, non-automatic beetleback safety (S inlaid in gold), and articulated double trigger. Case colored action and lockplates are engraved with nearly full coverage delicate English scroll work as are the top lever and trigger bow and signed “R.Smeets” on the trigger tang. Mounted in richly marbled dark European walnut straight grip buttstock with drop points,measures 15″ over a leather covered pad, and features fine point pattern checkering with single line borders, and a blank gold oval on toe line. Matching 3-piece ejector forend has Deeley release and appended metal engraved to match.Accompanied by a brass bound oak and leather trunk case with maker’s trade label inside lid. Including 2pc ebony cleaning rod w/ 12 ga accessoriy kit, nickel plated oil bottle and pair of nickel plated snap caps marked “Galazan”.Bore diameter: top -.727, bottom -.726. Bore restrictions: top -.002, bottom -.009. Wall thickness: top-.025, bottom -.027. Drop at heel:2 3/8″, drop at comb:1 9/16″. Weight: 7 lbs.9 oz. LOP: 15″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 95% orig blue, with some minor marks and silvering on edges of rib, and at muzzles. Action retains 95% orig case hardening color, silvered on the action bar edges from normal handling and use. Lockplates retain virtually all of their orig case hardening color. Top lever and trigger guard retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig blue. Stocks show some finish rubbed into the butt section. Checkering is sharp. There are a number of minor marks on both buttstock and forend. Three piece forend has as very slight gap line between pieces. Bores are excellent with some minor marks at breech ends. Action is tight. Barrels very slightly off face. Ejectors are in time.Casis is excellect inside and out with only minor rubs. 4-48263 JWD101 (12,500-17,500)

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2205

*FRANCOTTE QUALITY C SIDE-PLATED BOXLOCK EJECTOR HEAVY GAME GUN. SN 32050. Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. 32-1/4″ Dovetailed Siemens Steel bbls with flat, raised, matted rib, having crossbolt and dolls head extension, are engraved “Von Lengerke & Detmold U. S. Agents, New York” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with Belgian proofs. Bottoms of bbls have SN and choke information. Robust case hardened sideplated boxlock action features automatic safety (“S” inlaid in gold), crossbolt third fastener, side clips, and automatic ejectors. Action and sideplates are engraved with exceptionally well done swooping geese, or maybe they are ducks, with rose highlights, and background of light simple scroll. “A. FRANCOTTE MAKER & PATENTEE LIEGE BELGIUM” is on each sideplate. Fences are very nicely filed, with rose engraving. Trigger guard continues theme of geese, roses and scroll, with SN at grip. Nicely streaked, and strikingly fiddle figured European walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over leather faced Silver type pad, and features standard point pattern checkering with double line borders. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left -.771, right -.769. Bore restrictions: left -.030, right -.028. Wall thickness: left -.036, right -.038. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 9 lbs. 5 oz, LOP 14-1/8″. PROVENANCE: Letter from Robert Beach of Griffin & Howe with specifications of this particular shotgun, and indicating that it sold as a second hand shotgun in 1930, and was purchased from E. D. Armour of Armour & Co. Included is wikipedia outline of his life. CONDITION: Very fine, appearing to be all original. Bbls retain 90% + of their orig dark plum brown, silvering at muzzles, and thinning at normal carry points, with a few minor scratches, and small area of cleaned rust on side of left bbl near muzzle. Ivory front bead is missing. Action and lockplates retain most of their orig case hardening color, nicely mellowed, and slightly faded, over the years. Overall effect is very pleasing. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with a few minor marks and bumps. Checkering shows slight wear. Bores are excellent, with some very minor frosting toward breech ends. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. A fine heavy gun with great dimensions. 10 Bore high grade Francottes are quite scarce. 4-46175 MGM4 (6,000-9,000)

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2206

*EXCEPTIONAL DEEP RELIEF CARVED AND GOLD INLAID J. P. SAUER DELUXE GAME GUN. SN 122896. Cal. 12 ga. This wonderful top of the line Sauer gun has 29-3/4″ chopper lump bbls with raised, concave, matted rib, engraved “J. P. Sauer & Son” in milled out portion. Tops of bbls are engraved with Krupp steel information and 3-ring logos. Bbl flats are stamped with German imperial proofs, caveman logos, and are engraved “Prussia”. There are 2-1/2″ triangles of exquisitely detailed and beautifully carved, high relief, large, scrolled, open, shaded acanthus at breech ends; muzzles with more scroll and geometric bands. Scallop-backed boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), side clips, hidden crossbolt third fasteners, and double triggers. It is engraved with the same classic scroll as found on bbls, except acanthus leaves are more pronounced. This exceptional scroll frames wonderfully detailed vignettes of feathered game; with relief gold inlaid trio of partridge on left; pair of flying geese over marsh on right; and family group of black grouse, one cock, lyre tail spread, standing on rock; with two onlooking hens. Blued top lever has pierced acanthus carved thumbpiece. Trigger guard, with matching scroll, has gold inlaid retriever on bow, and SN at grip. Dark, nicely streaked, and full fiddle figured European walnut steel capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over matching scroll engraved skeleton steel buttplate. A gold shield is on toe line engraved “G. P.” Side panels are nicely carved with relief scrolled acanthus. Checkering is of standard point pattern. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.727, right -.722. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.026 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.036. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Included with gun is Abercrombie & Fitch hang tag giving specifications, with a price of $500.00. PROVENANCE: Letter from Griffin & Howe with specifications for gun, as taken on consignment in 1953. It was sold in 1953 for $500.00. Hang tag. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain essentially all of a factory quality re-blue, with minimal polishing and loss to engraving. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, vivid where protected. High edges and tops of engraving have wonderful hand worn brilliant silver patina, to very fine effect. Top lever is silvered at thumbpiece. Stocks retain what appears to be their orig finish with a few minor marks. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout with evidence of a dent being removed from left bbl, 9″ back from muzzle. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Close inspection of this fine shotgun leaves no doubt as to why these are often referred to as “Masterpiece” guns. Tag is fine. 4-48176 MGM175 (20,000-30,000)

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2207

CHARLES DALY GRADE 375 DIAMOND QUALITY HEAVY GAME GUN. SN 1733. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This very fine, highly embellished, shotgun, retailed by Daly but made by H. A. Lindner, has 30″ dovetailed steel bbls with gold inlaid on unmatted portion of concave game rib “Charles Daly Diamond Quality”. Breech ends of bbls have 1″ bands of exceptional relief acanthus scroll. Scroll embellished logos, just forward of these bands, are engraved “Witten Excelsior – Steel”. Bbl flats are stamped with post 1894 German imperial black powder proofs. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with additional proofs, “EXCELSIOR WITTEN” and with Lindner makers marks of crossed pistols surmounted by “HAL”. Case hardened scallop-backed boxlock action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), pin type cocking indicators, intercepting safety sears, side clips, square crossbolt third fastener, and double triggers. Action is engraved with complete coverage exceptionally well cut relief open scrolled acanthus with floral highlights. Individual leaves and tendrils are subsequently carved, and are nearly lifelike. Background is finely stippled. This fine scroll frames gold inlaid dogs and game, that are also in full relief, and nicely crafted. A pair of ducks in marsh scene are on left side of action with pair of snipe on right. A very fine rendition of a setter in woodlands is on bottom, and a pair of quail run through bracken on trigger guard bow. Trigger guard tang is engraved with SN. Dense, stump figured European walnut semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Stock features checkered side panels, drop points, point pattern checkering with line border, an inlet horn oval at tip of grip, and vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching long splinter ejector forend has inlet horn tip and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left-.732, right -.735. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (Full), right -.041 (Full). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.025. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a very high quality satin rust blue, engraving remains sharp and clear. Action retains most of its orig muted case hardening color. High edges, fences, and bottom of action are pleasingly silvered. Stocks retain most of their orig French polish finish, and it appears that extra oil has been rubbed into butt as maintenance over the years. Checkering is slightly worn and dark, forend checkering more so, with some diamonds flattened. Bores are excellent with some light frosting toward breech ends. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. In its day, this gun sold for $375, hence the grade designation. A lovely gun! 4-47583 MGM79 (15,000-20,000)

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2208

*OVER THE TOP CHARLES DALY REGENT DIAMOND SINGLE BARREL TRAP GUN. SN 2422. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chamber. This heavily embellished, top of the line, trap gun has 32″ bbl fitted with raised, ventilated rib, mounted with two red beads, and gold inlaid “Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality” in scroll engraved rear portion. 3-1/2″ Triangles of exceptional relief scroll engraving extend from breech end. Bottom of bbl is stamped with HAL crossed pistol logo, the mark of H. A. Lindner, maker of what many believe to be the finest Daly’s of all time. Nicely filed, scallop-backed boxlock action features normal double under lug bolting, with addition of large sliding double top bolt housed in large top fence. Metal parts are highly embellished with near full coverage of exceptionally well cut semi-relief large open scrolled acanthus, with stippled background and floral highlights, framing relief gold inlaid vignettes of game birds; a trio of ducks in open woodland are on left; pair of pheasants on right; two quail on trigger guard bow; with goose in flight surmounted by Regents crown on bottom of action. Fence and side bolsters are relief carved having scrolled shell motif on fence, and floral highlighted ferns on bolsters. Beautifully dark vein, marbled, and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over thin Silver pad, and features right hand cheekpiece, nicely fluted comb, and gold oval on toe line engraved “G. P.” Side panels are nicely checkered and have chip-carved borders. Checkering is of crenelated pattern with fleur-di-lis as drop points. Large matching ejector tapered beavertail forend has Deeley release. Bore diameter: .721. Bore restriction: .035 (Full). Wall thickness: .068. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 98% + orig blue, slightly silvered on edges of rib, with a few light scratches and marks. Action retains considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, high points and engraving pleasingly silvered. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish, with a few light marks, checkering slightly worn and dirty. Original pad is petrified. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbl is on face. Ejector is strong. Stock was broken through wrist. Now features a strong, professionally done, and nearly invisible repair. The finest craftsmanship is evident everywhere on this masterpiece of German gunmaking. 4-48175 MGM174 (8,000-12,000)

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2209

*CHARLES DALY LIGHTWEIGHT 16 GAUGE DIAMOND GRADE GAME GUN. SN 2118. Cal. 16 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 28″ Dovetailed bbls are engraved “Charles Daly Diamond Quality” on unmatted portion of raised, matted, concave rib. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with HAL crossed pistol logos (mark of H. A. Lindner) and “Witten Excelsior”. Scroll flanked circular Witten logos are engraved on tops of bbls in front of 1-1/2″ triangles of nicely cut medium scroll. Case hardened, scallop-backed, small boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), side clips, hidden square crossbolt third fastener, and pin type cocking indicators. A Miller selective trigger has been fitted. Water table is stamped “Prussia”. Action is engraved with near full coverage, well cut small scroll with geometric borders. A hunting vignette of two men in canoe, one with gun at ready, the other paddling, is on bottom of action; while a pair of ducks take flight on trigger guard bow. Nicely marbled, and beautifully burl figured European walnut semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over leather covered Silver type pad. A silver oval engraved “G. P.” is on toe line. Side panels are checkered and have tear-shaped drop points. Standard point pattern checkering is at grip with small inlet horn tip. Matching splinter ejector forend has horn tip and Deeley release. Bore diameter: left-.671, right -.670. Bore restrictions: left -.018 (Mod), right -.010 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.016, right -.018. Drop at heel: 2-9/16″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. CONDITION: Very fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a factory quality re-blue, carefully polished, with no distortion to engraving, and having a few subsequent minor marks. Action retains 30 – 40% orig case hardening color, strong where protected, but is mostly a very pleasing bright silver. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish, edges slightly rounded, with a number of minor marks, checkering somewhat worn. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Trigger works. Ejectors are in time. A very high quality shotgun that would be a fine little upland gun. 4-48177 MGM176 (6,000-9,000)

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2210

*L.L.BEAN 100TH ANNIVERSARY PROTOTYPE MERKEL 147SL 20 GA. SIDELOCK EJECTOR SHOTGUN WITH CASE. SN 482432. Cal. 20 ga. 3″ Chambers. 28″ Shoe lump bbls with concave, matted game rib and crossbolt extension, are gold inlaid “L.L.Bean 002”. Two prototypes were manufactured. No. 001 was retained by the family. This gun(002)was the working prototype and has been handled, shot or positively reviewed by some of the most respected writers in the industry from Field & Stream, Shooting Sportsman, Upland Almanac, Sporting Classics and others. From an Upland Almanac review: “L.L.Bean should be very proud to put their name on this gun as it stands as a testament to their renowned quality, precision and well thought out products…a fantastic high quality shotgun that anyone would be product to own…the perfect shotgun to commemorate a century of excellence from this iconic company.” It is now being offered by James D. Julia, Inc. with all proceeds going to National Wild Turkey Federation’s JAKES program to support getting more youth involved in the hunting and shooting sports. This will be the only L.L.Bean prototype that will ever be available to the public. Bbls are marked with Merkel’s address, grade and importer. Breech ends have 2-1/2″ triangles of well executed open shaded scroll. Bbl flats are stamped with German nitro proofs for 20 ga. 3″ chambers. Coin finished action with automatic safety, bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, detachable locks with H & H style takedown pin, side bolsters, and double triggers, is engraved with very fine scroll. Sideplates are semi-relief engraved, with well shaded sporting scenes of dogs and game birds; with pointer on point as trio of ruffed grouse explode from undergrowth on left lockplate; and a trio of woodcock are settling into alders on right. Top lever is gold inlaid “LL”. Bottom of action is gold inlaid with “L.L.Bean, Inc.” and “100 Years” in scroll terminated ribands above and below gold inlaid rendition of the time honored and famous, rubber bottom and leather upper, Bean’s “Maine hunting shoe”, flanked by dates “1912” and “2012”. This fine engraving is the work of “B. Hafner” whose signature appears on bottom front of left lockplate. Nicely figured and smoky marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered wood butt, and features skip line point pattern checkering, as well as a vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Deeley release. Bore diameter: left-.625, right -.625. Bore restrictions: left -.014 (mod), right -.008 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.031. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. High quality leather toe under case with stitched leather corners, has stitched on leather label embossed with the same treatment as bottom of action, depicting hunting shoe. Interior is lined in green felt with same label stitched in lid. Case contains cocobolo and brass two piece cleaning rod with mop, jag and brush in leather case, pair of snap caps, and a square plated oil bottle, along with an L.L.Bean wipe down cloth. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, showing only some light, careful use, with a few almost invisible marks mostly on buttstock. Perfect bores, mechanically crisp. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Case is excellent, exterior showing some minor scuffs, straps and handle some use. Interior is excellent, as are accessories. 4-46818 MGM30 (10,000-20,000)

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2211

*MERKEL 1620 SLC GAME GUN WITH EXTRA BARRELS AND CASE. SN 481141. Cal. 16 ga/ 20 ga. 28″ Shoe lump bbls with raised, matted, concave game ribs are engraved “1620 SLC No.5” (20 ga bbls are so marked after “5”) on unmatted portion of rib. Extensions are marked “1” and “2”. Left sides of left bbls are marked with importer, makers name, and “Made in Germany”. Small frame, coin finished, sidelock action features automatic safety, bushed strikers, side clips, crossbolt third fastener, and double triggers. Action is engraved with punched geometric borders and medium shaded open scroll. Sideplates are engraved with game scenes; left side depicting fox chasing pair of hares; and pointer pointing trio of snipe on right lockplate. Left lockplate is stamped with engravers initials “US” (Hans Ulrich Sorg, with 42 years of experience of working on Merkel guns). Exceptional, highly figured and beautifully marbled Turkish walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over Merkel composition buttplate, and features diamond hand and point pattern checkering with line borders. Each bbl set has its own matching ejector forend with Deeley type release. 16 ga. Bbl set no. “1”: Bore diameter: left-.668, right -.668. Bore restrictions: left -.018 (Mod), right -.007 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. 20 ga. Bbl set no. “2”: Bore diameter: left-.625, right -.625. Bore restrictions: left -.013 (Mod), right -.006 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb:1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Russet leather Emmebi case with stitched leather corners is lined in dark green velvet with leather Merkel label stitched into lid. Case has spaces for action and both bbls, and contains Merkel marked square oil bottle, Merkel marked GSI 16 ga snap caps in blue box, and a pair of 20 ga ProShot snap caps with chamber mops attached. Also included are a Merkel “Fine Shotgun” catalog, owners manual, and build/ proof card. CONDITION: Excellent, nearly new. Has probably seen fewer than 50 shots. Metal parts are pristine. A few of only the smallest marks are visible on wood. Case is excellent, as are accessories. Literature is excellent. This well engineered shotgun has manufacturers suggested retail price of over $15,000.00. 4-47368 MGM72 (5,000-8,000)

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2212

*CASED BLASER F 3 SE CLAYS GUN. SN J17250. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. 30″ Mono-bloc bbls with raised, flat, matted, ventilated rib have standard markings on top of mono-bloc, which is finely scroll engraved. Bottom of mono-bloc is marked F/009076. Bbls are fitted with interchangeable chokes. Coin finished Blaser system boxlock O/U action with ornamental sideplates features non-automatic safety and single selective trigger. “Blaser” is deeply emblazoned on bottom of action. Remainder of action is engraved with approx 80% coverage of very well cut, medium, shaded classic scroll. SN is marked under top lever. Strikingly marbled and nicely stump figured European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over black Kick-Eez pad, and features point pattern checkering at grip with right hand palm swell. One piece matching forend has schnabeled tip with nicely hidden Blaser rendition of the Anson release. Bore diameter: top -.731, bottom -.731. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.039, bottom -.037. Drop at heel: 2-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Shotgun is accompanied by its black ABS case embossed “Blaser” with royal blue velvet lining, containing stock takedown tool, bags for bbls and action, interchangeable high vis front sight beads, and ten Blaser Spectrum choke tubes by Briley (another two are installed in gun), along with changing tool. Also included are certificate and operating instructions in plastic slip. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with evidence of very little careful use, with only one or two of the faintest marks on wood and metal from handling and use. Case and accessories are excellent. A top notch competition gun. Blaser’s are known to go for over 100,000 rounds without breakdown. 4-48247 MGM203 (10,000-15,000)

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2213
Revised: 3/5/2013

Please Note: This is not a Crown Grade as listed in the title. It is a very special upgraded gun of extraordinary quality.

*GOLD INLAID CROWN GRADE KRIEGHOFF K-80 COMBO TRAP GUN WITH CASE. SN 13685. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 34″ Uni-single ported bbl with high ventilated rib, adjustable for point of impact, and fitted with choke tubes, has standard proofs and marks on bottom bbl. 30″ Over under bbls are marked with warning on left side of top bbl, are also ported, and fitted with screw chokes. Front band is engraved and gold inlaid. Blued receiver is fitted with non-automatic safety and single selective trigger. Receiver is engraved with exceptionally well executed open, shaded, semi-relief scroll with gold inlaid wire borders framing relief gold inlays of dogs and various feathered and fur bearing game; A setter pointing a pair of flushing ducks in marsh is on left side of action; a fox worrying pair of pheasants with mountainous background is on right; white gold inlaid raccoon in pine tree with rings of tail and mask inlaid in yellow gold, on bottom. Gold pheasant is on trigger guard bow. Top rear of locking slide has gold inlaid clay target. Striking, flame figured, and well marbled European walnut full flared pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over black Pachmayr pad installed on anti-recoil spring loaded device with adjustable comb attached so comb does not move during recoil. Checkering at side panels and grip has ribbons through pattern. Grip has right hand palm swell, checkered with fleur-di-lis. Matching full forend has gold inlaid pigeon on bottom of iron, and Deeley type release. Uni-single bbl: Bore diameter: .735. Restriction: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: .042. Drop at heel: 1-7/8″. Drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 9 lbs 15 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. 30″ Bbls: Bore diameter: top -.735, bottom -.736. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.040, bottom -.040. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 9 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. NASCO aluminum All American case with combination lock, is lined in creased green velvet with space for receiver and both sets of bbls, and contains stock removal tool and 4 choke tubes with wrench (3 others are in bbls), and instruction book. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain nearly all of their blue, with some minor marks. Action retains most of its blue, silvering on bottom, trigger guard, and top lever. Gold plating on trigger is mostly silver. Stocks are excellent, with a few minor marks, one fairly deep on left side of butt. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Case is good with some marks, dings and scrapes. Interior is fine, a bit dusty. 4-46817 MGM33 (8,000-12,000)

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2214
Revised: 3/12/2013

Additional Information An additional document accompanies this lot affirming Paul Tibbets ownership of this gun. Document is signed by Theodore Jerome Van Kerk also known as “Dutch”. (Dutch was the navigator on Enola Gay).

*KRIEGHOFF TYPE EUROPA MODEL 62 BY VIKTOR BRANDL WITH CASE. SN 62070. Cal. 12 ga. 28″ Ported mono-bloc bbls with raised, matted, ventilated rib, are stamped with 1967 German proofs (from the Munich proof house). Krieghoff type O/U action features non-automatic safety and selective single trigger with selector in front of trigger. Coin finished action is engraved with large, open, shaded, scrolled acanthus outlining vignettes of birds and canines; fox and partridges on left, setter and another partridge (?) on right. Bottom of action is marked “Europa Model 62” on broad, scroll flanked riband, and “MADE BY VIKTOR BRANDL” “Munich, Germany” in front of trigger guard bow. Lightly figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over thin basket-weave Pachmayr White Line pad. There is borderless point pattern checkering at grip, side panels also checkered. One piece beavertail type matching forend has Deeley type release. Bore diameter: top -.735, bottom -.734. Bore restrictions: top -.006 (Skeet), bottom -.005 (Skeet). Wall thickness: top-.042, bottom -.039. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. NASCO aluminum All American case is marked “Paul W. Tibbets” on rectangular plaque, is lined in green faux fur, and contains titanium small gauge tube set with tubes for 20, 28, and 410 in top compartment. Case also contains tube installation tools, some vaseline, and bbl weight, which is in Speer bullet case. Paul W. Tibbets was one of the more famous flyers to emerge from WW II. He was the command pilot of the B-29 Enola Gay named after his mother. He was the first airman and the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb, Little Boy, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. He was born in Feb. 1915 and died Nov. 2007 having retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Corp as a flying cadet in 1937 and was commissioned and received his wings in 1938. During WWII he rose in rank to become the commander of the 509th Composite Group flying B-17’s over Europe. Col. Tibbets had the reputation as “the best flyer in the Army Air Force” which was confirmed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for whom he served as personal pilot at various times during the war. In 1943 he returned to the U.S. and was test pilot for the new B-29 and in April 1944 was again assigned to the 509 Composite Group. In Sept. 1944 he was assigned to command the project at Wendover Army Airfield, Utah in connection with the Manhattan Project developing atomic weapons. On August 9, 1945, Col. Tibbets officially named his B-29 the Enola Gay and on Aug. 6 departed Tinian Island (in the Marianas Islands) at the controls of his B-29 at 0245 hours bound for Hiroshima, Japan with the atomic bomb, code named Little Boy. The bomb was dropped at 0815 local time. During numerous interviews in a variety of venues, Gen. Tibbets always stated that he had no regrets and slept well. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% of what appears to be orig blue with silvering at muzzles, and along sides of rib. Action retains most of its coin finish. Matte blued parts show considerable silvering from normal handling and use. Stocks retain most of an oil finish. Pad is not original. Checkering is slightly worn on buttstock, possibly re-cut, considerably worn on forend. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Stock is slightly loose on action. Case is fine. Interior is fine. Tube set is excellent. 4-47691 MGM152 (5,000-10,000)

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*FRANZ SODIA OVER-UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 5814. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28-1/4″ Bohler steel demi-bloc bbls with narrow, ventilated rib, engraved “Franz Sodia Ferlach” on unmatted portion. Bottom bbl is stamped with Bohler steel information and 1955 Ferlach proofs. Coin finished, scallop-backed boxlock double Kersten action features selective single trigger, automatic ejectors, bushed strikers, and reinforcing bolsters. It is engraved with well cut game scene, featuring pheasants and ducks, on either side of action, with semi-relief running hare on trigger plate, which is also marked with “Franz Sodia” “Ferlach” device. Steel trigger guard is scroll engraved, with SN at grip. Nicely streaked and well figured European walnut, capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over ribbed composition buttplate, and features uniquely sculpted shadow line, right hand cheekpiece. and point pattern checkering with broad mullered borders. Matching large 3-pc ejector forend has Deeley type release. Bore diameter: top -.665, bottom -.666. Bore restrictions: top -.018, bottom -.011. Wall thickness: top -.028, bottom -.030. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz, LOP 14″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain 90% orig blue. Action retains most of its coin finish, somewhat silvered. Stocks retain most of their orig varnish, which has considerably thinned. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Trigger and ejectors work fine. This gun corresponds to 1960 Waffen-Frankonia catalog, model 600, with an approximate cost of 1200 DM. 4-46343 MGM1 (3,000-5,000)

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EARLY CHARLES DALY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN. SN 1332. Cal. 10 ga. 3-1/8″ Chambers. 30″ Three stripe Damascus bbls, are engraved “Charles Daly Fine Damascus Barrels” on broad, deeply concave, top rib with doll’s head extension. Bbl flats are stamped with SN. Crowned crossed pistol proofs are on bottoms of bbls. Case hardened top lever action has deeply scrolled fences and is fitted with rebounding bar locks with large serpentine high spurred hammers. Metal parts are engraved with about 35% coverage nicely cut scroll of varying size. “Charles Daly” is in ribands on each lockplate. SN is on grip of matching steel trigger guard. Fiddle figured European walnut “Prince of Wales” grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over checkered horn buttplate. A vacant silver oval is on toe line. A sales tag giving dimensions and measurements is taped to right side of stock. Matching splinter forend has a shaped horn tip and Deeley release. Bore diameter: left-.766, right -.765. Bore restrictions: left -.019 (Mod), right -.018 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.033. Drop at heel: 3-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-15/16″. Weight: 9 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain 50 – 60% orig Damascus finish, balance silvered from normal cleaning and wear. Action retains a considerable amount of orig case hardening color, strong in protected areas. Stocks are dark with considerably worn checkering, sharp edges rounded, sides of butt cleaned to reveal what appears to be orig varnish, but is most likely an old re-varnish. There is a 3/4″ x 1/4″ fairly new chip on right side of comb. Bores are fine with some light frosting and striations toward breech end of right bbl. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. A well made ten bore. 4-47592 MGM92 (2,500-3,500)

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*EXCEPTIONAL CHARLES DALY 20 GA OVER 30-30 SIDELOCK DRILLING. SN 113906. (ca 1912) Cal. 20 ga. x 20 ga. x 30-30. 28″ Krupp steel bbls are engraved “J. P. Sauer & Son, Suhl.” on tops. Full length matted rib has flip-up combination sight for rifle/ shotgun. Bbl flats are stamped with German imperial proofs for 20 ga. Rifle bbl has no caliber designation. No sling swivels are mounted, or have ever been mounted, on bbls or stock. Case hardened, full back-sidelock action features tang mounted safety (engraved SAFE) with flip-up adjustable rear peep sight hinged through, pin cocking indicator for rifle bbl, crossbolt third fastener, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, bushed strikers for shotgun bbls, rifle cocking side lever, and double triggers. Action is engraved with about 70% coverage medium scroll with “Charles Daly” at front of each lockplate. Trigger plate is engraved “D. R. P. 78411″. Top lever, rifle cocking lever, and trigger guard are charcoal blued. SN is on trigger guard tang. Strikingly fiddle figured and lightly streaked European walnut semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Point pattern checkering has double line border. There is a vacant German silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter forend has Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left-.625, right -.622. Bore restrictions: left -.015 (mod), right -.007 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.034. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/8”. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain essentially all of a new lustrous re-black over what was obviously only a few very minor marks, and light use, with little polishing needed. Engraving and matting of rib are still sharp. Action retains 80% + orig case hardening color, silvered somewhat on bottom and fences. Lockplates retain nearly all of their orig color with some loss and lack of vividness where orig lacquer has thinned. Top lever is slightly silvered at thumbpiece, as is cocking lever. Trigger guard has some flaking on bow, and silvering at tang. Stocks retain nearly all their orig rubbed oil finish with a few minor marks and knocks, as would be expected from light field use. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Mechanically excellent. 20 Bore Daly Drillings are very scarce, and not listed in the 1902 catalog. 4-47127 MGM13 (4,000-6,000)

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*BEST QUALITY GASTINNE – RENETTE BOXLOCK DRILLING. SN 4806. Cal. 16 x 16 x .450 EX. 26″ Bbls are engraved “Fini Par Gastinne – Renette a Paris” in unmatted portion of full length matted rib, fitted with two folding leaf express rear sight, and brass front bead. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Belgian proofs for 16 ga. Bottom of rifle bbl is stamped “Cal. 450 Express”. Deep, robust, boxlock action, undoubtedly shaped this way to accommodate this unusual large caliber rifle, features Greener type side safety, Greener crossbolt third fastener, and three triggers, one for each bbl. Front two (shotgun triggers) are articulated. Rifle trigger at rear is gold-plated. Case hardened action is engraved with nearly full coverage typical Belgian light scroll with rose bouquet highlights. Right wall of water table is stamped with makers mark, a crowned “LR” (Lambert Rouma, Liege,1877 – 1909). Finely marbled and lightly figured European walnut steel capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates, and features small, shadow line right hand cheekpiece, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, a sling loop on toe line along with silver oval engraved with monogram “CE”. Matching one piece forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.668, right -.669. Bore restrictions: left -.025 (Full), right -.006 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.026, right -.024. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a satin rust blue. Action retains 50 – 70% orig case hardening color, silvered on high edges, browning slightly at bottom. Top lever and trigger guard re-blued, and retain most of that blue. Stocks retain nearly all of a well done rubbed oil refinish, sharp edges preserved, checkering re-cut. Grip cap and heel and toe plates retain most of their orig hardening color. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Rifle bbl has sharp rifling throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. A high quality drilling in a very unusual rifle caliber. 4-47779 MGM168 (4,000-6,000)

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*J. WINKLER BOXLOCK VIERLING WITH CASE AND SCOPE. SN 421616. Cal. 20 x 20 x 7x65R x 22 Hornet. 23-1/8″ Bbls are fitted with full length matted rib mounting flip-up U-notch rear sight and claw scope bases. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with 1958 Ferlach proofs, calibers, steel type, and SN (42, the first digits denote manufacturer, Josef Winkler). A “W” is stamped on bottom bbl behind loop. Dural blitz scallop-backed action has rifle/ shotgun selector on top tang, Greener type side safety, crossbolt third fastener, bushed strikers, bolstered sides, and gold-plated double triggers (both set). Action is engraved with light Germanic scroll, some feather and geometric borders, and vignettes of game; a raebuck and doe on left, trio of mallards on right, and bellowing stag on bottom. Monogram “DR” is gold inlaid on top lever. Trigger guard is of horn, has rear finger spur, is affixed with gold-plated screws, and extends to composition grip cap. Nicely marbled, dark flesh-toned European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over brown Pachmayr open sided White Line pad, and features slight hog-backed fluted comb, right hand shadow line cheekpiece, skip line checkering, chinstrap transition from grip to butt, and a sling loop on toe line. Matching forend has Deeley release. Zeiss Diavari – Z 1.5 – 6 X 42 Scope with three post reticle is in claw mounts matching bases on bbls. Bore diameter: left-.623, right -.623. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.020 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.022, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 3 oz. Weight with scope: 8 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Leather case with brass plated corners and brass hardware, is lined in dark green cloth with Ferlach label in lid, and contains rubber-backed leather sling, round plated oil bottle, and some cleaning brushes, and target. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain nearly all of a very high quality rust blue, most likely applied when new Zeiss scope was mounted. Action is bright polished, showing some wear and marks. Stock retains most of an older oil finish, edges slightly softened, checkering re-cut. All bores are excellent, Action is tight. Scope is near new with excellent optics, and new Recnagle rings. Case is very good with a number of marks, scrapes, and rubs. Interior cloth is fine, as are sling and accessories. 4-47696 MGM96 (7,500-12,500)

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*STOEGER BY ERNST KERNER OVER-UNDER DURAL BLITZ ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE DRILLING. SN 19417. Cal. 16 ga (2-3/4″ chambers) x 30-30 Winchester x 22 Hornet. The 1939 A. F. Stoeger catalog lists this exquisite combination gun as the Model 259L, at a price of $535.00. It has 23-5/8″ Krupp Laufstahl demi block bbls with full length matted rib, engraved “Ernst Kerner & Co Suhl” in milled out portion. A single folding U-notch rear sight is dovetailed through rib, and silver bead front is longitudinally dovetailed into muzzle end. Bottom of 30-30 rifle bbl is stamped with German imperial proofs for 7.6 x 52mm. A proof date of 1 – 39 is also stamped. Other bbls are stamped on flats with correct proofs. Left side of top bbl is engraved “Made in Germany”. Right side is engraved “Stoeger Arms Corporation New York”. Lightweight blacked scallop-backed Dural Blitz trigger plate action features rifle selector on top tang exposing numbers 30 and 5.6, pin type cocking indicators, single Kerston third fastener, bushed strikers, Greener type side safety, double triggers (front set), and bolstered sides. Action is engraved with 80% coverage nicely cut medium scroll. Striking, dark marbled, red-toned European walnut semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over ribbed horn buttplate, and features blued steel scroll engraved cartridge trap, and sling loop on toe line, as well as nicely cut point pattern checkering with line border. Matching Schnabeled one piece forend has inset horn tip and Deeley release. Shotgun bbl: Bore diameter: top -.672. Bore restrictions: top -.016 (mod). Wall thickness: top-.027. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz. LOP:14-1/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, retaining nearly all orig factory finish on wood and metal, with only the slightest handling marks visible. The black lacquer finish applied to Dural frames is very fragile, and this example shows only slight silvering on high edges. There is a minor scrape on lower left portion of belly. All bores are excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny throughout. This fine little combo gun is possibly unfired. 4-47128 MGM12 (4,000-6,000)

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*HIGH CONDITION GERMAN GUILD DRILLING. SN 3932. Cal. 12 x 12 ga. x 8x57JR. 26-3/4″ Bbls have selector actuated U-notch rear sight mounted in full length matted rib. Bbl flats are stamped with 1925 German proofs. Case hardened scallop-backed boxlock action features selector switch on top tang, Greener type side safety, pin cocking indicators, intercepting safety sears, side clips, bushed strikers, slightly reinforcing bolsters and double triggers (front set). Action is engraved with cleanly cut open scrolled acanthus that has areas on leaves polished through color hardening to give greater depth. Background is nicely shaded. There is a bugling stag walking over log on left side of action and wild boar on right. Lightly marbled, dense European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over basket-weave horn buttplate, and features shadow line right hand cheekpiece, 28 LPI point pattern checkering, a nicely engraved flip-up cartridge trap, and sling loop on toe line. Horn appointments include nicely shaped trigger guard, sunburst grip cap, and inset diamond drop points. Matching forend has Deeley release. Bore diameter: left-.721, right -.720. Bore restrictions: left -.042 (Full), right -.043 (Full). Wall thickness: left -.026, right -.029. Drop at heel: 2-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Drilling comes in its orig canvas, leather trimmed, carrying case marked “Schoverling Daly & Gales” on leather tabs, with accessory pocket on side containing leather sling. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with only a few minor marks in all wood and metal finishes. All bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight. Set trigger won’t set (dirty?). Case is fine, some stitching coming undone, one strap of side pocket detached. 4-47689 MGM100 (3,500-5,500)

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*ALBRECHT KIND SINGLE SHOT DROP LOCK STALKING RIFLE WITH ZEISS SCOPE. SN 228. Cal. 6.5 x 57R. Interesting lightweight rifle has 24-1/2″ tapered round bbl with bases for single standing, square notch rear sight, ramped front for interchangeable sourdough beads, and claw scope mounts. Rear portion of bbl is marked with caliber, model, SN, and Ferlach proofs. Coin finished action with opening lever over trigger guard, has Heeren type cocking/ de-cocking trigger mechanism. Left side of breechblock is marked “AKAH” – Albrecht Kind aus Hunstig. Action is engraved with deeply cut shaded scroll. Streaked European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over black Pachmayr rifle pad, and features swept shadow line right hand cheekpiece, checkering at grip surrounding acanthus carving at side panels, interesting beaded border, and composition grip cap. There is an interesting acanthus carved band around butt. Matching forend screws to bbl and has rosewood tip with white line spacer. Zeiss Diavari – C scope with duplex reticle is in Recknagel type claw rings. Drop at heel: Approx. 2-1/4″. Drop at comb: approx 1-3/16″. Weight with scope: 7 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with nearly all orig finish on wood and metal, with only a few light mars. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Scope is excellent. Brilliant optics. Consignor confirms extreme accuracy! 4-47736 MGM109 (4,000-6,000)

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*R. TROSTEL MARTINI TYPE SCHUETZEN RIFLE. SN 46. Cal. 815 x 46R. 29-1/2″ Quick detachable, blued, tapered, octagon bbl is gold inlaid “R. TROSTEL CANNSTAIT” on top flat behind expanded dovetail for mounting rear open sight. There are two arched gold bands at breech end. Case hardened front ramp dovetailed through with quick change front bead system. Sling loop is on bottom of bbl. Case hardened Martini type action is engraved “OTTO LUTZ CANNSTAIT” on block. Action features takedown trigger mechanism with double set triggers, easy removable breechblock, and orig peep sight with large disc adjustable for windage and elevation that dovetails into tang. Action is engraved with large, open, shaded, scrolled acanthus with stippled background behind Jaeger waving hat on left side and barmaid on right behind barrels. Nicely streaked European walnut buttstock with large Schuetzen style right hand cheekpiece measures 13″ over heavy steel hooked buttplate. Grip is nicely checkered with carved acanthus decoration fore and aft, and thumb rest on right. Area on left side behind cheekpiece is nicely carved with target shooter in lederhosen holding rifle, waving hat, as assistant marks target as bulls eye in background. Sling loop, matching that on bbl, is installed through German silver escutcheon on toe line. Forend with bbl detaching latch on bottom has carving matching that of buttstock at rear and schnabeled horn tip. Weight: 11 lbs 8 oz. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains most of its orig blue. Action has traces of orig case hardening color, mostly pewter gray. Stocks retain most of their orig oil finish with numerous marks and dents. Carving is fine. Forend HAS 3″ crack on right side toward tip, with 3/8″ x 1-1/4″ piece of horn missing. Bore is excellent. Action is good. 4-47589 MGM103 (5,000-8,000)

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Revised: 3/1/2013

Additional Information Rifle bears the cover of Kaiser Wilhelm II on the front receiver ring. It is unquestionably one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal rifles. See illustration in the catalog.

EXCEPTIONAL JOHANN SPRINGER SHORT BOLT ACTION FULL STOCK RIFLE PROBABLY MADE FOR KAISER WILHELM I. SN 6453. Cal. 10.5mm. .430 Groove diameter. 24″ Swamped octagonal bbl has file cut top flat with one standing, one folding leaf V-notch rear sight, and silver bead front, dovetailed through. Top right and top left flats are engraved “Joh Springer” and “Erben in Wien”. Unusual early case hardened short bolt action (chamber is for 2″ straight cartridge) is similar to that used in the French Chassepot, but differs in that there is no separate bolt head. This action has floating extractor actuated when bolt is pulled to rear, which performs only primary extraction, case must be removed digitally. Action is also fitted with a tubular magazine with cartridge lifter actuated by rearward movement of bolt, tripping spring loaded follower, so new cartridge can feed. Bolt has sharply down-turned handle with round checkered knob. A sliding magazine cutoff is in locking lug of bolt, being pushed forward it allows action to operate as single shot. Action is engraved with exceptionally well cut medium open flowing scroll with foliate borders. A large “W” surmounted by sovereigns crown is relief engraved on receiver ring. (Wilhelm I ?) Case hardened trigger plate is mounted with double set triggers. Trigger guard bow is of engraved steel and has carved horn grip with scroll at rear. Exceptional, beautifully streaked, and nicely fiddle figured European walnut straight grip full length stock measures 14″ over steel buttplate with floral engraving around screws and with Springer’s “NO 6453” at center, and rack no. “24” at heel. Stock features swept shadow line right hand cheekpiece, raised side panels on each side of action, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, schnabeled horn tip, and large bail type sling loop at rear with standard loop on toe line. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all of its fine finishes, with only a hint of silvering on sharp edges of bbl. There is some slight silvering on edges of action, trigger guard bow from wear, and on top of bolt locking boss, from cleaning. Buttplate retains most of its orig blue with considerable browning and light pitting at heel. Stock retains nearly all of its orig rubbed oil finish, with a number of minor nicks, scratches, and small dents, and is a bit dry. Checkering is slightly worn. Horn grip and forend tip retain their high polish. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny. Action is crisp. A very fine rifle of royal quality, as are most firearms from this revered Viennese firm. 4-48171 MGM198 (20,000-30,000)

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HIGHLY EMBELLISHED C. STIEGELE (MUNCHEN) HAMMER DRILLING OWNED BY JAPANESE EMPEROR, MEIJI. SN 6800. Cal. 16 x 16/10.5 x 47R. 27-3/4″ Damascus bbls are of a pattern resembling Bernard twist. Rifle bbl is steel, rifling is Alexander Henry type. These beautifully browned bbls are inlaid in multi-colored gold and silver depicting flower stalks and acanthus with bowl of fruit scrolled finials surrounding silver inlaid full figures of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, and her hound on left bbl, facing St. Hubertus and his stag on right. There are gold bands at breech ends either side of inlaid silver acanthus scroll. Flat full length rib with V-notch flip-up rear rifle sight, and silver bead front, is gold inlaid “C. Stiegele jun. Munchen” in a Gothic script, with silver and two color gold open acanthus inlaid scroll at either end; forward end with inlaid silver bird. Bottom bbl is stamped with SN, no proofs are present. Forward pivoting horn underlever action is beautifully filed with scrolled fences, and long heat blued firing pin retainers. Right retainer has pivoting lever rotating out of the way for firing rifle bbl. A flip-up lollypop rear sight is mounted in top strap. Peninsula back action rebounding locks, have high spurred, short, deeply chamfered and intricately filed serpentine hammers. Trigger plate is fitted with double triggers (front set). Double scrolled trigger guard bow has horn grip with carved scroll at rear. Sling loops are mounted on bottom bbl and toe line. Action, locks, and trigger guard are deeply relief engraved with scenes of game (living and dead), dogs, and hunter. Left side action has hound pondering assortment of killed game including deer, rabbit, and birds; left lockplate has setter and hounds in meadow. Right action has roebuck falling while doe escapes, and a fox scampers away in foreground; jubilant hunter waving crossbow is in background. Right lock has stags, hinds, and calf in flight. These well detailed vignettes are framed by gold wire inlay, acanthus engraving, as well as acanthus gold inlay on sides of action and hammer flats. All screw heads are also gold inlaid in floral motif. Trigger guard is engraved with snipe and hares. Beautifully marbled European walnut buttstock with Bavarian style cheekpiece, ends in engraved and gold inlaid steel buttplate with SN at top and royal stag engraved on tang. Stock is intricately carved with well rendered acanthus. right side having nearly full coverage. Central medallion depicts family group of pheasants. Left side of stock behind cheekpiece is carved in large acanthus scroll with stippled background. Chamfer of cheekpiece has date “1886” carved. Acanthus carved, matching forend is fastened to bbl with side nail through engraved and inlaid oval escutcheons, and bbls take down in typical manner. A thick silver wear plate is at bottom of forend. All craftsmanship, engraving, carving and inlay is of the highest order, and fit for an emperor. Bore diameter: left-.662, right -.665. Bore restrictions: left -.012 (light mod), right -.000 (Cyl). Wall thickness: left -.023, right -.025. Drop at heel: 2-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. PROVENANCE: Der Waffenschmied, Issue no. 41. “A Drilling for the Emperor”, with description and photos. Orig translation of letter from Manjiro Ijetsu relating history of drilling, and how he acquired it, stating “the following gun was made in Germany in 1886 and had been under custody of the Minister of the Imperial household as favorite gun of his majesty, Emperor Meiji. The proprietor of the Okamoto Guns Store located at Okachi – Machi, Tokyo, is most familiar with the said gun because he had gone to the imperial palace to repair it for a long time. Since the termination of the Greater East War (2nd war) the said gun was released from the possession of the Minister of the Imperial household as payment in kind for property tax of the Imperial house. As a result, the said gun had been transferred to the possession of ex-count Ushiji Kabayama at first and then to Mr. Ijetsu, Manjiro. The said Ijetsu, the undersigned, finally transferred the said gun to Capt Robert H. Whan. Gun: formerly owned by the minister of the Imperial household as registration no. 1 calibre – 16 ban. no: 6800. Triple – barrel gun made in Germany.” Also included is certificate of transfer to Capt. Whan, who was Lt. Col. in service dates 1934 – 57, also a photocopy of first letter and orig of certificate of transfer in Japanese; all with envelope to Mrs. R. H. Whan marked “gun papers”. CONDITION: Excellent, showing very little use. Bbls retain 90 – 95% orig Damascus brown with some areas of lightening where flash rust has been cleaned and some silvering on sharp edges and at muzzles. Action and lockplates retain most of their orig muted case hardening color, the balance silver and gray brown. Stocks retain most of their orig finish, grain slightly raised, carving excellent. Triggers, sling loops, and firing pin retainers retain 80% + of their orig fire blue. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. Set trigger works. A spectacular gun. 4-47192 MGM49 (25,000-40,000)

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*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HARTMANN & WEISS TAKEDOWN MAGAZINE RIFLE WITH SCOPE AND CASE. SN 2002. Cal. .250/ 3000. This exquisite little rifle, built on Hartmann & Weiss manufactured short “K” Mauser action with solid side wall, square bridge, and receiver ring is fitted with 24″ round bbl with “Hartmann & Weiss. Hamburg” and “Cal. .250 Savage” inlaid in gold on top. One standing, two folding leaf express sight with gold lines is marked for 100, 150, and 200 yards, and is mounted in a sleeved-on island base with matted transitions and checkered top. Longitudinally dovetailed gold bead front with flip-up moon sight is mounted in sleeved-on long ramp base. Sling loop is mounted to sleeved-on band. There are two gold bands inlaid around muzzle, and one at breech. Case hardened action has hinged floorplate with button release in trigger guard bow. Rifle takes down by unscrewing the bbl, which is locked in place by unique push button in forend. Threads are square shouldered. Action tang extends over comb in Holland style. There is an extended lower tang which hooks into the rear of trigger guard assembly, and extends along grip, and terminates at a steel trap grip cap. Bolt has commercial Mauser pear-shaped knob with checkered end. Bolt shroud is custom shaped with right hand thumb safety. Cocking piece has Rigby inspired peep sight dovetailed through its end. Breech end of bbls, action, trigger guard assembly, and all other furniture are exquisitely engraved with meticulously executed medium shaded open work scroll. Outlines of all metal have gold inlaid borders with spiral terminations. The visual impact of the composition is very elegant. Contrasting and strikingly marbled, slightly figured European walnut stock measures 14″ over checkered wood butt, with engraved and gold outline heel and toe plates matching the rest of the rifle. Stock features a sling eye, gold oval engraved “EKS” on toe line, H & H inspired shadow line right hand cheekpiece, 20 LPI checkering with mullered borders, reinforcing bolt. and horn forend tip. Scope is a Hensoldt Diasta – D 4 X 32 with duplex reticle with soldered on rings that mate to dovetails on bridge and receiver ring of action. Weight: 6 lbs. 15.7 oz. Textured dark brown leather case with brass corners and hardware is lined in dark green cloth with Hartmann & Weiss label, and is French fitted for two crystal oil bottles with silver plated tops, and pair of ebony handled turn screws. There is a leather wallet containing ebony handled cleaning rod, an empty wallet for cleaning brushes, and a leather carrying sling. CONDITION: Essentially as new. There are some extremely light handling marks on wood at left side of action. Bolt shows rub marks on body from being worked. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny. Scope is excellent. Optics are clear. 4-47686 MGM106 (40,000-60,000)

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*HARTMANN & WEISS MAUSER WITH SCOPE. SN 7807. Cal. 375 H & H. Utilizing an original Rigby Mauser (Rigby number “3539”), with step down receiver ring, square bridge, and slant box magazine. The fine craftsmen from Hamburg re-bored the original 24″ bbl to .375 H & H, and installed claw scope mounts, new sling eye band, and front sight ramp, which houses gold bead with flip-up porcelain night bead. Original rear sight base and one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight, were retained. Top of bbl is gold inlaid “Hartmann & Weiss, Hamburg – London”. Caliber is engraved. Top of rear sight base, rear bbl boss, and claw bases are nicely checkered. Action has been color case hardened, and exquisitely engraved with truly fine shaded, small scroll outlining Bulino renditions of African game; face of a large maned lion on receiver ring, and a kudu on floorplate. Engravers signature, H. Funk, is on hinge extension of floorplate. Original Mauser trigger has been retained along with Rigby patented cocking piece peep sight. H & W SN is engraved on right side of bridge, and stamped on bottom of bbl. Original Mauser number “28694” is at rear of recoil lug, on bottom of receiver, bottom of bbl, rear of magazine, and on orig Rigby stock in front of magazine well. Stock of dense, lightly marbled European walnut measures 14″ over black leather covered pad, retains orig classic Rigby checkering with mullered borders. Composition grip cap, and sling eye are on toe line. Drop at heel: approx 3″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Weight without scope: 7 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14″. Zeiss Diavari – Z 1.5 – 6X rail scope with 3 post reticle, is in Recnagle claw mounts, rear with windage adjustment, and has rubber lens cover. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all of its custom finishes. There are a few minor marks in bright polish of bbl blue. Case color is silvering slightly at front of floorplate. There are a few light scratches in oil finish of stock (most notably on left side below bolt stop). Checkering has been nicely re-cut. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Scope has some light marks in its lacquer finish. Optics brilliant. 4-47777 MGM167 (17,500-22,500)

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Revised: 3/1/2013

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*EARLY HARTMANN & WEISS HAGN FALLING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT RIFLE WITH SCOPE. SN 4140. Cal. .270 Winchester. This fine rifle, by two of the acknowledged finest gunsmiths in the world, has 28″ tapered octagon bbl with integral rib and front sight base, gold inlaid “Hartmann & Weiss. Hamburg – London” on rib. Two folding leaf U-notch rear sight and claw bases have been fitted. There is geometric border engraving on rib, and breech end of bbl, which also has inlaid gold band. Hartmann & Weiss made case hardened Hagn single shot dropping block action features unique rolling thumb safety and spurred opening lever/ trigger guard. Action is engraved “System Hagn” on top of receiver ring with “Hartmann & Weiss” in scrolled ribands on each side. Balance of engraving is exceptionally well cut fine scroll. Owners name, “P. C. Cuevas”, is engraved around lever pivot on bottom of action. Finely marbled, and lightly figured Circassian walnut, steel capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over black Decelerator pad and features classically styled point pattern checkering at grip and H & H inspired left hand shadow line cheekpiece. Matching forend has ebony tip. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Zeiss Diavari – Z 2.5 – 10 X rail scope with standard crosshair reticle is in Recknagle claw mounts, and comes with original lens cover. Consignor states exceptional accuracy with 150gr BTSP PROVENANCE: Letter from original owner with specifications. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbl retains 90 – 95% orig blue with some silvering of high edges, and some minor marks. Action retains nearly all of its orig case hardening color, with some light flecking from cleaning. Stock retains nearly all of an oil finish, with some minor usage marks, which appears to have been done subsequent to the making of this rifle, as sharp edges are rounded, and stock details softened. Checkering is sharp. Bore is excellent, shiny, with sharp rifling throughout. Action is crisp. Scope has a number of light marks and some scrapes in its lacquer finish, some light flecking on scope mount, optics clear. 4-47745 MGM177 (15,000-25,000)

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*W. J. JEFFERY TYPE .500 SQUARE BRIDGE MAUSER DANGEROUS GAME RIFLE. SN 6329. Cal. .500 Jeffery. This finely crafted custom re-creation of this classic heavy rifle sports 24″ Krieger bbl duplicating orig Jeffery contours with sweated-on quarter rib, sleeved-on sling eye, and banded front sight base with gold bead and porcelain pop-up night bead. Base is fitted with knurled sight protector. Bbl is engraved “W. J. Jeffery & Co. Ltd 13 King Street St. James’s St London S. W.” at left side of quarter rib and “RECRAFTED ED LAPOUR 2004 DENNIS SMITH” on right. Breech boss which is the same diameter as action receiver ring, is engraved “.500 BORE JEFFERY RIMLESS” on left, and with its metric designations “12.5 X 70 M/M” on right. Right side of receiver ring is also engraved “JEFFERY”. Left action wall is stamped “MAUSER – WERKE A.G. OBERNDORF n/ N”. Action has been customized with addition of square bridge, which has been neatly checkered on top. A commercial style bolt handle has been installed, along with a LaPour custom bolt shroud. Long cocking piece is fitted with Jeffery type pop-up adjustable peep sight. A Recnagle trigger has been fitted. Blackburn bottom metal with heavy deep floorplate to give magazine capacity of three rounds has button release mounted in trigger guard bow in classic Mauser style. Trigger guard has been extended with long strap running to steel grip cap with trap. Large custom made follower and bolt body have been engine turned. All individual parts are stamped “29” with SN on grip extension. Dense, streaked, and lightly figured Circassian walnut stock measures 14-1/2″ over black leather covered Decelerator pad, and features shadow line, classically styled right hand cheekpiece, diamond hand with G & H styled flutes which are slightly exaggerated, two steel reinforcing bolts, classically shaped forend tip, and classic English style point pattern checkering with mullered borders. Silver oval on toe line is engraved “CFM”. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 10 lbs. 9 oz. Included with rifle is a 20 round (10 soft and 10 solid) box of cartridges with load data. PROVENANCE: ACGG certificate outlining work done to build this fine rifle. Number of photos and an advertisement for this rifle in Guns International stating that it started as an orig Jeffery 500 bore rimless with shot out bbl. Two targets showing excellent grouping with load data given. CONDITION: Excellent, showing very little use since being finished, with only a few minor nicks and pings in wood finish. Porcelain front bead is reattached with superglue. Bore is excellent. Action crisp. Reloads are excellent. A well done big bore in a classic big game caliber, perfect for your next safari. 4-47363 MGM74 (12,500-17,500)

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*GRIFFIN & HOWE MAGNUM MAUSER DANGEROUS GAME RIFLE. SN 1434. Cal. .416 Rigby. Mauser no. 93840. 26″ Tapered, round bbl with integral matted quarter rib, has banded-on sling eye and ramped front sight base having longitudinally dovetailed white bead, and knurled slide-on cover. Top of bbl is engraved “No 1434 Griffin & Howe Inc New York”. Left rear of bbl is engraved with caliber. Magnum Mauser square bridge action is mounted with Lyman 48 receiver sight, portion of bridge filed to accept sight staff. Bolt with two panel checkered pear-shaped knob damascened on body and extractor, is fitted with long cocking piece and flag safety, which is silver inlaid “SAFE” and “READY”, orig two stage trigger, has blade checkered. Orig drop box bottom metal specially made for the 416 Rigby cartridge, has hinged floorplate with button release at front of trigger guard bow. Follower is engine turned. Mauser SN is stamped behind recoil lug on bottom of action and at rear of magazine. (Rifle disassembled to see) Bolt is stamped with last 4 digits, all other parts with last 2 digits (40). Dense, broadly streaked, and lightly figured French walnut, full steel capped pistol grip stock measures 14″ over Silvers type pad. Checkering at grip and forend is in classic point pattern with mullered borders; forend checkering wrapping completely around stock. Stock also features classic G & H style beaded cheekpiece, horn forend tip, engraved recoil bolt, and with slightly fluted transitions from grip to body of stock around action. A round swivel stud and gold oval engraved “JEP” are on toe line. Also a woven leather sling in Supergrade type swivels. Drop at heel: approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-5/8″. Weight: 9 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14″. PROVENANCE: Factory letter giving history of rifle, as evidenced by copies of inventory book pages, and stating that it was received into A & F inventory in 1938 with specifications, and was most recently part of collection of Joseph E. Prather, former president and CEO of Griffin & Howe Inc. CONDITION: Excellent. Metal parts retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig satin blue. Stock retains nearly all of its orig oil finish augmented with oil to a gloss. G&H gunsmith reveals bbl channel modified with added wood fillet as part of original mfg. Checkering is slightly worn and dark. Toe of stock is professionally repaired. Bore is excellent with sharp rifling throughout. Pad is a proper replacement. Sling is fine. A scarce and desirable American classic (Michael Petrov has 7 in his G & H database) in one of the most highly regarded general purpose African calibers of all time. 4-47530 MGM86 (12,500-17,500)

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*RARE KEN HURST ENGRAVED GRIFFIN & HOWE BARRELED & STOCKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 HI WALL SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN G & H #2460. Cal. 225 Winchester. Spectacular engraved hi-wall with 26-3/8″ tapered medium weight rnd custom bbl with Griffin & Howe address & number on top and caliber marking on left side of chamber area. Top of bbl is mounted with target scope blocks that are mounted with a custom dovetailed rib which accommodates the Burris rings that are on the accompanying Leupold M8 6X scope. Receiver and lever are spectacularly engraved by Ken Hurst whose signature “K. HURST” appears on the right bottom of the receiver. Engraving consists of a Bulino-style engraved running whitetail buck deer vignette on the left side and a leaping whitetail buck on the right side, both in wonderfully detailed background forest scenes. Both vignettes are surrounded by tasteful, very well-executed, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with pearled or punch dot background. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend over the receiver ring, top rear of the receiver, top tang & lever. Rifle is mounted with Griffin & Howe style, nicely figured, streaky Claro walnut with long, checkered semi-beavertail, schnabel tipped forearm and deep capped pistol grip stock that has full checkered Niedner-style steel buttplate. Bottom of the stock & forearm have Griffin & how sling studs. Accompanied by a Unertl 10X target scope with 7/8″ tube, target mounts, fine crosshairs and orig lens caps. Also accompanied by 11 orig, full boxes of Winchester Super-X cartridges with 55 grain pointed soft point bullets. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains virtually all of its glossy Griffin & Howe blue; receiver & lever retain about all of their custom case colors, slightly faded on right side of receiver, mostly brilliant elsewhere. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches, a couple of dings in the forearm checkering and overall retains about all of its custom finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Scopes are both fine with sharp optics. Ammo is orig, crisp & clean. 4-47075 JR154 (8,000-12,000)

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HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT, VERY EARLY ALEXANDER HENRY BAR LOCK ACTION DROPPING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 1421. Cal. .577 2-3/4 BPE. This exceptionally early rifle, action no. 8, is possibly the first commercially sold Alex Henry rifle, as 6 of the first rifles produced were submitted to government trial. This large caliber rifle has 28″ slightly tapered, round bbl mounted with interesting tangent express rear sight with long range ladder, and small bead front sight mounted on pedestal. Top of bbl is engraved “Alex’r Henry 12 South St. Andrews St.” in front of rear sight, and “Edinburgh Patent Nos 831 and 8” referring to patent use numbers of bbl 831 and action 8. Earliest type dropping block action with extreme cutaway breech block to help seat recalcitrant rounds and earliest type sliding extractor, is border engraved and marked on top of thin receiver ring “Patent No 8”. Simple operating lever has push button lock engaging slot in trigger guard bow. Bar action lock features forward sliding safety, which engages at half cock, with tall round bodied serpentine hammer. Lockplate has border engraving and is marked “Alex’r Henry”. Trigger guard has checkered spur extending into pistol grip. Nicely figured and lightly marbled dark European walnut buttstock measures 14″ over steel buttplate with medium tang. Grip is checkered in point pattern with mullered borders. “F. O’Brien “Orange”” is stamped on left side of butt toward plate. (Orange probably refers to Orange Free State, South Africa.) Matching forend with horn tip attaches to bbl with captive side nail through shaped oval border engraved escutcheons. Drop at heel: approx 2-3/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains approx 30% of what appears to be orig blue with considerable light pitting overall, balance turning to brown. Action is mostly dark pewter gray, with scant traces of case hardening color in protected areas. Lock is mostly gray to brown with traces of fire blue on safety. Stocks retain what appears to be orig oil finish, maintained over the years with rubbed in oil, with numerous marks, bumps, and digs. Metal of buttplate is proud of wood. Front flute of comb appears to have been chipped many years ago, and has been smoothed over. A section of forend under front portion of lock has been replaced. Lock is crisp. Safety works. Breech block is loose, and has been peaned to tighten. 3/8″ x 1/2″ area of floorplate is chipped out and missing, probably from over zealous use of opening lever. Bore, with strong rifling, is lightly pitted throughout. This interesting rifle is illustrated and described in BRITISH SINGLE SHOT RIFLES Vol. 1 by Wal Winfer on p. 41, figure 26, and listed by Jonathan Kirton in his chapter on Alexander Henry in THE BRITISH FALLING BLOCK BREECHLOADING RIFLE FROM 1865, as the second earliest and as “sporting rifle border engraved”, with only patent use no. 3 being earlier. which is listed as “R & D for Army trials”. 4-47366 MGM53 (5,000-8,000)

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HOLLAND & HOLLAND TIP-DOWN SINGLE SHOT ROOK RIFLE. SN 4209. (ca 1877) Cal. 380 Rook. 28″ Tapered octagon bbl is file cut on top flat which is dovetailed through for one standing, two folding leaf express rear, and silver bead front, sights. Unmatted portion of flat is engraved “Holland & Holland 98 New Bond St London.” Bottom of bbl is stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs and H J H logo. Small, side lever, tip-down, boxlock action with centrally hung hammer, is engraved with about 40% coverage medium scroll. Left side has “Holland” in scrolled riband. Dense, lightly figured European walnut steel capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over steel buttplate. Square checkering is at grip. Small one piece forend has horn tip and fastens to bbl with side nail through oval steel escutcheons. Drop at heel: approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains most of what appears to be its orig blue. Other metal parts appear to have been re-blued, and are now flaked to an overall smooth gray brown. There are traces of blue on side lever. Stocks retain what appears to be most of their orig finish with numerous marks and dents, both light and deep. Checkering is slightly worn. Bore is lightly pitted, with strong rifling throughout. Action is tight. Lock is crisp. 4-48180 MGM165 (1,500-2,000)

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*WESTLEY RICHARDS MAUSER BIG GAME RIFLE. SN 42787. (ca 1951) Cal. .375 H & H magnum. 23-1/2″ Tapered, round bbl engraved “Westley Richards & Co. London.” on top, is mounted with sleeved-on sling eye, and silver bead front sight with flip-up porcelain night sight in typical Westley Richards style front base with flip-over hood. Bottom of bbl (visibly, when removed from stock) is stamped with Birmingham re-proofs (1955) for .375 H & H, and SN. Standard length action is engraved with large open scroll, with stippled top of receiver ring, which is also stamped with SN and engraved “Westley Richards .375 Belted Rimless”. Bolt with commercial style handle has bottom of 3-position safety engraved “SAFE”. Cocking piece is fitted with Lyman folding peep. Bottom metal with military type lock screws has had magazine box extended to the front to accommodate long cartridges. Hinged floorplate has classic Westley Richards type lever release. Floorplate and trigger guard bow are scroll engraved to match receiver. Trigger is military style double pull. Relatively plain, dense European walnut full capped pistol grip stock measures 13-3/4″ over red “Old English” pad, and features horn pistol grip cap with screw covered trap, right hand shadow line cheekpiece, point pattern checkering with mullered borders fore and aft, horn forend tip, and a vacant rectangular silver oval and sling eye on toe line. Drop at heel: approx 3″, drop at comb: approx 2-1/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. CONDITION: Good. Metal retains nearly all of an old re-blue. What may be orig blue on floorplate and trigger guard bow, is considerably silvered. Stocks retain most of an old rubbed oil finish, with numerous marks and stains under finish. Checkering re-cut. Stock has five pins through action area. Inspection with metal removed, shows repairs done long ago and stock appears to be stable. Blue shows more highly polished areas in its overall matte finish, where it appears rear express sight removed and caliber re-engraved on action. Front sight hood does not fold flat, and has been re-soldered. Fine bore has strong rifling throughout. A light fast handling dangerous game rifle. 4-47099 MGM2 (2,500-4,500)

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*RIGBY MAUSER SHORT RIFLE WITH CASE. SN 5703. (1938) Cal. .275 Rigby (7mm Mauser). Light weight, fast handling, pre-World War II rendition of this classic rifle, with 21″ tapered, round bbl, engraved with Rigby’s name and Sackville address in English script on top, is mounted with 2 folding leaf express rear sight in sleeved-on island base, square blade longitudinally dovetailed front sight in high front ramp, and matching sculpted sling eye soldered to bottom of bbl. Standard length action is engraved “Rigby .275 High Velocity” on receiver ring. SN is stamped on left side. Bolt runway and body of bolt with semi-pear-shaped knob, are polished bright. Three position safety has “SAFE” inlaid in gold. Trigger is single stage. Bottom metal, not fitted with lock screws, has military type floorplate. Trigger guard bow is nicely shaped. SN is stamped on bottom. Dense, lightly figured European walnut stock measures 14-1/8″ over serrated wood butt, and has classic Rigby features including horn-capped pistol grip, point pattern flat top checkering with mullered borders, short forend with plain rounded tip, and deeply chamfered cartridge port. A sling eye is mounted on toe line. Drop at heel: approx 2-3/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. Full length canvas case with dark leather trim is embossed “C. E. F.” on top. Interior is lined with green baize with Rigby paper label having Dublin address crossed out, in lid. Case contains crystal oil bottle with pewter top. CONDITION: Very good. Metal retains most of its orig blue with some pitting on bolt stop and some flecking overall. Action has been drilled and tapped for scope mount and bolt forged slightly lower. Orig blue disturbed where plug screws filed flat, cold blue applied. Rear bridge squared up for scope mount. Cocking piece dovetailed for Rigby pop-up peep, now missing. Wood retains most of what appears to be its orig rubbed oil finish with a few minor marks, some fairly deep. Checkering shows slight wear, some diamonds missing, and dented, mostly in forend. Bore is very good with strong rifling, slightly dark in grooves, slight erosion in throat. Case cloth is considerably faded and stained, bits of leather trim are missing. Newer handle is fair, beginning to detach. Newer straps are good, but tender. Interior cloth is very good with some slight thinning in lid. Label is foxed, somewhat cracked, slightly stained, but intact. Interior partitions are good, somewhat reconfigured. Oil bottle is good, cap distorted. Case was made for longer rifle. In 1939 Stoeger’s this rifle was listed for $240.00. 4-47100 MGM1 (3,000-5,000)

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*SAM WELCH ENGRAVED WINCHESTER CUSTOM SHOP MODEL 70. SN G1825586. Cal. 300 Weatherby Magnum. 24″ Medium Sporter round bbl is marked with typical Model 70 XTR nomenclature on left side. Two gold bands are inlaid at breech end and one around muzzle. Blued action with Winchester logo on side, is engraved with exceptionally fine, exquisitely shaded and detailed, classic shaded scroll with acanthus highlights. Borders of action are gold wire inlaid with scrolled flourishes at terminations. Bolt has knurled ring around knob, with gold band and engraving at bottom of knob. Floorplate has more of this fine scroll work surrounding gold inlaid semi relief bellowing moose in highland marsh. Bluing selectively removed from details in scene to enhance depth. Engravers signature, Sam Welch, is at tip of floorplate near hinge. (Sam Welch is a member of Firearms Engravers Guild of America, and won their first annual engraving contest in 1983 and again in 2006, and has been runner-up about a dozen times over the years. In a letter to a previous owner, he states that he received the rifle from the USRAC custom shop in August of 1987, and returned it to them in February 1988. He encloses a photograph of this rifle in the white along with two photographs of a Model 21 he engraved.) The balance of the rifle is as finished by Custom Shop stocked with an exceptional piece of nicely streaked, quilt figured, dark European walnut having Monte Carlo shadow line cheekpiece, dog-bone pattern checkering, steel grip cap, and leather covered pad. Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz. PROVENANCE: List of members and copy of “home page” of the Firearms Engravers Guild, Winchester Custom gun catalog with the floorplate of this gun pictured on rear cover; letter from Sam Welch to previous owner, and three photographs. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, appears unfired. There are two small marks on cheekpiece and a few other small marks in other parts of the stock. 4-47752 MGM197 (7,500-12,500)

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