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SN 500168. Cal. 10 ga. mag. 3-1/2″ Chambers. Any Ithaca 3-1/2″ mag shotgun in good condition is a treasure. This particular “3 Grade” All Option gun is most likely one of a kind. It has 32″ bbls with matted, ventilated rib. Bbl flats are stamped with SN, grade, and “3-1/2 CHAMBERS”. Case hardened NID action specially made for this cartridge, has cut through bottom to allow for protrusion of lump for added strength. It is fitted with single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved in typical “Grade 3” style, with 50% coverage large shaded scroll with stippled background. This scroll offsets scenes of birds on sides; standing snipe under “ITHACA GUN CO” on left, and a walking quail under “ITHACA, N.Y.” on right. A duck flies across marsh on bottom of action. Blued trigger guard with scroll on bow has SN on tang. Lightly figured American walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over open sided Hawkins pad, which appears to be original. Fancy pattern checkering is at grip. Matching large beavertail ejector forend has inset ebony tip and J-spring and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left -.777, right – .790. Bore restrictions: left – .042 (full), right – .044 (full). Wall thickness: left – .060, right – .060. Drop at heel: 2-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Cast: Neutral. Weight: 11 lbs. 3 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. Twin ivory bead sights. PROVENANCE: Remarkable William Larkin Moore Private Estate Collection of Fine Sporting Arms. 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, original, as found. Bbls retain 90 – 95% orig blue with a number of light marks and dings, thinning a bit at breech ends where not protected by forend. Action retains approx 90% orig case hardening color, vivid where protected, silvering on sharp edges and fences, thinning a bit on bottom. Blue of trigger guard and forend latch remains excellent, with bow silvered a bit on sharp edges. Stocks retain over 90% orig varnish with numerous scratches and marks, a few fairly heavy. Varnish extends to mounting plate of pad where it is considerably alligatored and lifted. Checkering remains fairly light in color. There are two cracks at rear portion bottom of beavertail forend, one running from rear of latch escutcheon to iron, the other through reinforcing screw from iron into checkering. Bores are excellent, with a hint of frosting. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Walt Snyder in THE ITHACA GUN COMPANY FROM THE BEGINNING estimates 24 ten bore 3-1/2″ guns were made in number 3 grade. How many with “all options”? 50594-26 MGM137 (4,000-7,000) C&R; IVORY – Lot 3533

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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