Boston Double Hammergun By William Schaefer

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12 ga. 30" barrels, very lightly choked with bright excellent bores showing the oddly scattered light pit here or there and a light ding in the left tube 8" from the muzzles. The barrels show lovely contrasting dark gray and lighter brown damascus pattern their full length which appears original, with perhaps a very sparsely scattered ding or handling mark showing some very light oxidation near the muzzles; no wall thickness below 032" is noted. The concave rib is marked "Wm H Schaefer Boston" and the barrel has a nice dolls head extension. The frame retains some muting but nice case colors atop the fences with the balance showing a silvery flaky case-hardened patina with dull pewter gunmetal beneath. The lockplates and hammers show some strong original color case-hardening, perhaps 40%, the balance a mottled gray case-hardened patina with each lockplate being maker marked. The hammers are very graceful and have little nibs at their top-most leading edge, reminiscent of the percussion-era cap deflectors with graceful curved flourishes surrounding the nested firing pins themselves. The top lever is blued while the triggerguard was color case-hardened, it's now a mottled silver and brown patina. The English walnut buttstock shows a scant pistolgrip and rates excellent showing a very old refinish, with absolutely lovely grain figure and a wrap-over checkering pattern which is still crisp. At the time of the refinish a thin 1/4" English walnut spacer was fitted along with what was likely an old Hawkins or Jostam recoil pad which has collapsed with the years. The length of pull to the original wood is 13 1/2" so if the spacer and pad were removed, a period pad could be fitted and the gun would be the perfect uncut length. The splinter forend rates very good plus as well and is near overall checkered with much original varnish and a nice bone forend tip horn insert, it is lever-release. The underside of the barrels show a Belgian proof mark but there is none on the water table, clearly Schaefer imported barrels and fitted them to his own actions. Lockup is tight and the locks are crisp and mechanically functional with rebounding hammers. Really a lovely and graceful 12 bore double hammergun from this quality Boston maker. (36650-96) {ANTIQUE} [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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Boston Double Hammergun By William Schaefer
Boston Double Hammergun By William Schaefer
Lot number: 247
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 104 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, November 22 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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