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*UNIQUE GOLD ENCRUSTED 16 GAUGE L
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SN FWE202811. Cal. 16 ga. 2-5/8" Chambers. This exceptionally rare (2 listed in Brophy) spectacular best grade shotgun has 28" bbls fitted with raised, flat, ventilated rib, mounted with two steel beads, engraved "MADE TO ORDER BY THE HUNTER ARMS CO. INC. FULTON, N. Y." and gold inlaid "L. C. SMITH De-Luxe GRADE" on rear portion. Breech ends of bbls are engraved with 2" triangles of shaded scroll framing gold inlaid oak leaves in three colors, with branches and acorns in light gold, acorn caps in red gold, and leaves in yellow. There are 1" triangles of scroll at muzzles. Engine turned bbl flats are stamped with Hunter nitro proofs, and engraved with SN and grade. Case hardened action has nicely filed-in bead which runs from the top of the standing breech forward and around each fence. Action is fitted with non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold and oval checkered safety button gold washed), as well as gold-plated Hunter one trigger with checkered blade, and engraved gold-plated selector. Action and lockplates are engraved with near full coverage very well cut, medium, shaded, scrolled acanthus surrounding extensive relief three color gold inlays of oak leaves, game birds, and dogs. The oak leaf and acorn theme, as found on the bbls, continues onto top and bottom of action, along opening leaver with pierced and carved thumbpiece, on fences, and on bottom of forend iron. Left lockplate depicts a pair of setters in yellow gold, one on point, the other in the background honoring point. Bushes and grass, as background, are in light yellow gold. Seed heads of grass are in red gold. Dogs attention is drawn by gold flying woodcock on front of lockplate. Right lockplate depicts a trio of flushing quail in dark yellow gold, flying over sagebrush in light yellow and red gold, with another gold quail at front of plate. The oak leaves on bottom of action frame a superb relief rendition of standing, alert ruffed grouse on light gold rock with red gold floral base. The extent of this gold work is beyond any pictured examples in either Brophy or L. C. Smith; The Legend Lives by John Houchins. Quality is very fine. Blued trigger guard has matching scroll, and SN at grip. The trigger guard bow engraved with vacant scrolled riband has been filed to shape matching outline of scroll at edges. Lightly marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2" over ribbed composition buttplate. Buttplate screws are scroll engraved. Stock is checkered in fancy borderless pattern with ribbons running through grip, and flourishes extending into butt. Schnabeled beavertail ejector forend has oval secondary release escutcheon engraved to match action. Interior of iron is also fully scroll engraved. Brophy on p. 213 lists this gun without beavertail forend. The forend wood is a factory schnabeled replacement. Factory letter states that this gun was likely shipped back for the Beavertail forend to be fitted after manufacture. Metal original. Engraving executed and signed by Albert E. Kraus, signed under the top lever. Bore diameter: left-.661, right -.661. Bore restrictions: left -.003 (Skeet), right -.003 (Skeet). Minimum wall thickness: left -.030, right -.035. Drop at heel: 2-1/2", drop at comb: 1-1/2". Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14-1/2". CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a fine satin re-black. Action and lockplates retain a large percentage of their orig case hardening color, in excess of 80%, difficult to assess due to extensive engraving and inlay. Trigger guard retains nearly all of what appears to be its orig blue, with a few light scratches. Buttstock retains nearly all of an old light refinish, checkering slightly worn. Factory made forend retains essentially all its original finish, and clean checkering. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. An exceptionally fine and rare American classic. 4-49533 MGM14
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