Exceptional L. C. Smith Grade 5 Sidelock Double Ejectorgun

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  Lot #243  (Sale Order: 243 of 711)  
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serial #2727, 16 ga., 30" matted rib Whitworth barrels choked modified and full having bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 90% original blue, the most predominant wear around the muzzle area and there are scattered scratches and some oxidation specks present. The flats are engine turned and there are one inch wedges of scroll engraving on both sides of the breech, an engraved border at the muzzles, and a gold filled line on the rib separating the matted portion from a more detailed two inch breech section with rib extension. The locks and frame are beautifully engraved with fine shaded scroll and flowers and with a large oval on each side displaying a life like pair of setters on the left and pointers on the right all done in detailed habitat with shaded backgrounds. In addition, there is a small oval at the front of each lock with a pair of woodcock on the left and a pair of quail on the right, and the front of the action has a very detailed bouquet of flowers on each side. The action and locks exhibit 80% muted case colors blending with a pleasing smooth pewter colored patina toward front of belly. The triggerguard has geometric designs and scroll with initials of "GHF" engraved with intertwined block letters inside a stippled oval. It retains 90% of an original high polish blue. The beautifully figured straight grip stock rates very good plus displaying scattered small scratches and minor dings over a polished oil finish. It exhibits finely executed fleur-de-lis checkering with scalloped flourishes at the back of the triggerguard tang. The forearm has a wonderful little checkered "clamshell" latch in an engraved escutcheon and also an ebony tip which has a small chip. It is almost completely and finely checkered with a few minor impact marks. There is an old Hawkins style recoil pad fitted showing a little deformation at the toe and providing a length of 14 7/8" with drops of 1 3/8" and 2 3/8" and 1/4" cast off. The gun features double triggers, ejectors, an automatic safety, and bushed firing pins. The bores were apparently polished at some point and the right tube has an area along the outer edge which gets to about .013" which is not a safe thickness for shooting. (Therefore we highly recommend this shotgun not be fired). Included is a leather Abercrombie & Fitch trunk case showing a few scuffs and scratches with a broken handle lined in red baize. It has a couple of small tears but is otherwise in good condition and contains an A & F nickel oil bottle, nickel snap caps, and a two-piece wooden cleaning rod with brush and mop. According to Cody records this gun was shipped to a George S. Fields in 1898 and, other than the recoil pad, it conforms to the order. The difference in middle initials between the triggerguard and the record is clearly a factory error as the gents name was indeed George H. Fields (consigned by the family). There were only 37 16 gauge guns made in this grade before it was renamed the Crown grade in 1913. This rare 116 year old shotgun is truly a work of art and a testament to the 19th century American gunmaker's craft. (116385-1) {ANTIQUE}

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This item is part of Auction No. 104 - Session 1
 Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM  Eastern
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Exceptional L. C. Smith Grade 5 Sidelock Double Ejectorgun
Exceptional L. C. Smith Grade 5 Sidelock Double Ejectorgun
Lot number: 243
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 104 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, November 22 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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