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SN RE79903. (1925) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Bbls with raised, matted, ventilated rib, are marked “L. C. SMITH Eagle GRADE” and “HUNTER ARMS CO INC. M’F’R’S FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.” Bbl flats are stamped with SN and Hunter proofs. Bottom of bbl is stamped with steel type. Splinter is reinforced. Typical L. C. Smith standard weight action is engraved with sprays of scroll and areas of stippling on bottom, fences, and on top. A standing eagle is relief engraved on top lever. Lockplates are engraved with large scroll surrounding semi-relief engraving of flying birds; pheasant on left and duck on right. This unusual treatment is unique to the “Eagle” grade. “L. C. Smith” is stamped in old English script on each lockplate. Blued trigger guard has scroll on bow and SN on tang. Nicely fiddle figured American walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over leather faced Silver type pad. Point pattern checkering wraps over top of grip and has line borders. Matching short schnabeled beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing bolt along with J-spring and knurled roll release in guitar shaped escutcheon. Bore diameter: left -.729, right – .727. Bore restrictions: left – .040 (extra full), right – .027 (Imod). Wall thickness: left – .029, right – .030. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Cast: approx 1/4″ on. Weight: 8 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14″. Twin ivory bead sights. PROVENANCE: Cody Firearms letter with specifications. L. C. S. C. A. notes that this is the earliest known Eagle grade with ventilated rib. Consignor states he believes that this is the very first known ventilated rib of any grade, not just for the Eagle grade. The L.C. Smith Collection of Gerald Basham. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Excellent, mostly original. Bbls retain nearly all orig blue, which has been enhanced a bit over some light marks and a few scratches. Action retains approx 80 – 85% orig case hardening color, silvered on sharp edges, fences, and slightly around bottom from normal hand wear. Lockplates retain nearly all of their orig color. Trigger guard retains most of its blue, loss due to flaking on bow, and cleaned rust at grip. Stocks retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig finish with oil rubbed in as maintenance over some light marks. Checkering remains excellent, somewhat darkened. Bores are excellent, with a hint of light frosting at breech end of right bbl. Action is tight. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Trigger appears to work well. A fairly rare gun, in superb original condition. Houckens estimates 581 Eagle grades were manufactured, 414 in 12 ga. 50491-2 MGM69 (5,500-9,500) C&R; IVORY – Lot 3511

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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