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SN E499. (1977) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 29″ Demi-bloc bbls with concave, hand matted, ventilated rib, are gold inlaid “Ivo Fabbri Brescia” in script, and engraved “MADE IN ITALY” on top left side, and “GRAND LUSSO By Len Puccinelli”, in gold on right. Bbl flats are stamped with 1978 Italian nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottom bbl is engraved “BOHLER SUPER BLITZ STEEL”. Coin finished, low profile, OU sidelock action features blocked out safety and single non-selective trigger. Action and lockplates are masterfully engraved and gold inlaid by noted long time Italian engraver, Angelo Galeazzi, whose signature is under front of trigger guard bow. The game scenes depicted here were chosen by Len Puccinelli, to represent the ultimate of three categories of waterfowl shooting, with three canvas back ducks flying over marsh on left side representing the fastest flyers, three Canada geese with rising moon in background, representing those that fly the farthest, and five snipe on bottom whizzing over marsh representing the most difficult to “hit”. Mr. Puccinelli also insisted on gold inlay of major subjects, which Mr. Galeazzi was reluctant to do. Galeazzi found making gold meld well with the Bulino on steel to be a trying task, often with poor results (per letter from Puccinelli). In this particular case the combination worked out well, and the work on this fine shotgun is indeed superb. Top lever and trigger guard, as well as selected parts of action, have gold wire border inlay. Near exhibition quality, dramatic smoky marbled and lightly fiddle figured European walnut extreme pistol grip slight Monte Carlo buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over black KICKEEZ pad. Fancy pattern borderless checkering with ribbons through pattern, wraps over top of grip. Matching full one piece forend has Anson type release. (Mr. Puccinelli’s letter also relates that the wood was “given by Beretta” and that the finish and checkering is by Gary Goudi of California.) Bore diameter: top -.726, bottom – .728. Bore restrictions: top – .040 (full), bottom – .025 (Imod). Wall thickness: top – .023, bottom – .025. Drop at heel: 1-13/16″, drop at rear of Monte Carlo: 1-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Cast: approx 3/8″ off. Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Tan leather case with stitched leather corners by Nizzoli, has black canvas outer cover with leather trim. Case is lined in burgundy cloth, and has Leonard Puccinelli label in lid. Case is semi-french fitted for action and bbls. Accessories include round oil bottle, pair of snap caps, two striker bottles (one with spare mainsprings, the other with strikers and other springs and small parts), along with cleaning equipment including a 3-pc ebony and brass cleaning rod with mop, jag, and brush, in black leather containers. PROVENANCE: Letter from Puccinelli Design with description and features as of 1988. Business card of Angelo Galeazzi with inscription on back attesting that he did engrave this gun, and a translation of this certificate (augmented a bit) from Puccinelli, signed by Galeazzi in 1977. Fabbri catalog. Guarantee certificate. Customs form 4457 for this gun. Orvis appraisal dated Oct 1, 1984 with then current market value of $45,000.00. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 85 – 90% orig blue with some light marks and rubs, thinning somewhat overall; considerably on sides around action. Coin finish of action remains excellent. Blue of top lever considerably silvered at thumbpiece, forend iron with patch completely silver on bottom left, trigger guard retaining 30% blue, silvered on bow and grip. Stocks retain most of their orig hand rubbed oil finish with evidence of areas refinished after re-shaping of comb, worn on sharp edges. Checkering is slightly worn. Pad is new and does not fit well. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are strong and in time. Trigger works. Case leather is excellent, as protected by its outer cover, which has a number of scuffs and rubs. Zipper works. Interior cloth is excellent with some rubs. Accessories are excellent. A one of a kind Fabbri that was used by Mr. Puccinelli in setting the current records as of 1988 of 52 straight and 39 x 39 live pigeons at the Fort Worth and Dallas gun clubs, respectively. 51056-1 MGM261 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 3313

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