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Beautiful Owens Brothers Magazine Sporting Rifle By Bob Owen

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  Lot #20  (Sale Order: 20 of 711)  
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30-06, 24" barrel with a bright very good plus to near excellent bore which shows only some very light frosting nearer the breech. The metal surfaces retain about 95-97% of an older restored rust blued finish, there being some tiny remnants of some streaky, extremely light pinprick pitting beneath. The bottom metal shows slightly more toning to gray, especially along its sharp edges and the front extension. The bolt body shows only light wear with the extractor showing the mottled burnishing that was popular during the period. The receiver and first 5" of the barrel show lovely loose flowing foliate scroll with background punch dot shading by Rudolf Kornbrath, the front ring with a nice depiction of a large bull moose head. The bottom metal is engraved in similar fashion with the floorplate showing wonderful depictions of a grizzly bear and a bull elk, forever separated by a large flowing flourish of foliate scroll. The bolt handle and shroud show the same lovely Kornbrath engraving along with geometric borderline embellishment while the knob proper shows four coarsely checkered panels for positive grasping with a flower on its very bottom surface. The rifle is stocked classic style in a nice grade of English walnut and rates very good with overall dings and handling marks from the years of use afield. The rifle features nice scant comb flutes with a rounded shadow line left-side cheekpiece. The checkered pistol grip panels are flawlessly executed and nicely bordered with tiny diamonds accenting their front-most sections, the forend area is profusely checkered over all in a flawless wrap-around pattern which is borderless except for its rear-most edge adjacent to the magazine box; it features arrow-shaped ribbons left and right with the same accenting diamond in each rear-most panel. The rifle features European-style sling swivels, an un-engraved gold monogram plate along the toeline, a beautiful bone forend tip and a blued steel pistolgrip cap which is nicely engraved. The typical fully checkered buttplate is present with engraved widows peak giving a 13 1/2" length of pull; beneath the trap we find a thong and brush, spare firing pin nose and spare Marbles Sheard style front sight. The barrel shows the appropriate early maker mark "Owens Brothers Saquoit New York". The gun is sighted with a sporting ramp front which supports a Marbles Sheard sight. The face of the ramp is neatly matted and there are light sprays of geometric and foliate engraving surrounding the ramp. The rear of the striker is neatly fitted with a Lyman aperture sight, the screw-in aperture no longer present. This particular rifle is featured in Custom Gunmakers of the 20th Century and pictured on page 66. Mr. Owen was an exceptional craftsman and started in the business making "best quality" arms, a fact this rifle is testament to; these arms are extremely scarce and very rarely encountered. Really an astonishing arm done by this extremely talented maker. (36650-8) {C&R} [Michael Petrov Collection]

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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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Beautiful Owens Brothers Magazine Sporting Rifle By Bob Owen
Beautiful Owens Brothers Magazine Sporting Rifle By Bob Owen
Lot number: 20
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 104 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, November 22 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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