Exceptional Bernhard Merkel Double Rifle Two Barrel Set

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serial #6084, 9.3x74R (9.3x74.5R) and 8x57JR, 24 1/2'' Krupp Stahl barrels and 24 1/2 Krupp Laufstahl barrels, all showing bright excellent bores. The barrels both retain about 98% original maker rust blue, the original set of barrels, marked by Bernhard Merkel, and a latter set of barrels built by Emil Adam, Berlin, and so-marked. Each set show nice light borderline engraving at the breech end on the Greener crossbolt extension, one proved in 1929, the latter set in 1936. The scalloped sideclipped boxlock frame shows handsome tight flowing scroll in near full coverage retaining perhaps 95% original color case-hardening, most of which is quite vivid, fading in the rounded carry area of the frame. The breech bolsters atop each side flat have very pleasing geometric decoration, also surrounding the hinge pin screws and continuing atop the top lever. The triggerguard is horn and rates excellent showing a minor crack through its front leading edge just above its retaining screw and the top lever has silver inlaid chiseled initials ''RE'', or perhaps their reciprocal. The checkered round knob pistolgrip buttstock rates very good to fine with the light handling marks and dings one would expect from the years, the splinter forend is similar showing perhaps a bit more wear. The butt has a nice rounded left side shadowline cheekpiece, faceted grasping area, pinched comb and tiny diamond-shaped horn inlays to the rear of each stock cheek; the forend has a nice horn tip inlay as well. The wood may have been refinished many years ago as the metal is proud over all around the periphery of the frame to buttstock, if so it was masterfully done and all of the edges remain sharp, as-does the checkering. The rifle was fitted with a Jostam recoil pad during the period of use giving a 14 1/4'' length of pull to the front trigger. The arm features extractors, dual single set triggers, non-automatic safety and pin-style cocking indicators. Lockup is dual under bites with Greener crossbolt and both sets of barrels lock up tightly and are on-face. Both sets of barrels feature a nicely matted rib which raises at the front to support simple bead sights on each, with single standing u-notch rears. Additionally each set of barrels features maker-installed dual claw bases, three of each on both sets of barrels to accommodate the two telescopic sights included with the arm. One set of barrels is marked in riband ''Bernhard Merkel Suhl'', the second set of barrels marked ''Emil Adam Berlin''. The two included scopes are one Carl Zeiss Zielacht telescopic sight with heavy three post German reticle and excellent optics and a W&H Seibert Jaguar 4X telescopic sight with heavy three post reticle and very good plus to near excellent optics as well. The Zeiss rates very good plus with much original blue, the Seibert showing some oxidation on the objective lens and is toning to a gray patina. The ensemble comes cased in a very nice leather bound luggage-style case with brass corners, dual straps and green baize interior fitted for each of the components. There is a brass monogram plate on the lid engraved ''GL''. The gun seems to function well mechanically and is very attractive and truly very versatile with its combination of barrels and dual scopes. Clearly both makers, Merkel and Adams, were gunsmiths of quite some talent. A very handsome, investment-grade arm that can still be taken afield as-intended. (3E9100-921) {C&R} [Richard ''Stretch'' Kennedy Collection] (8,000/12,000)

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This item is part of Auction No. 125 - Session 1
 Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 | 9:00 AM  Eastern
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Exceptional Bernhard Merkel Double Rifle Two Barrel Set
Exceptional Bernhard Merkel Double Rifle Two Barrel Set
Lot number: 20
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 125 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, March 28 | 9:00 AM  Eastern

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