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Lot 1017
**A 12 gauge Browning custom shop Superposed over and

US$ 15,000 - 25,000
£ 11,000 - 19,000

ARMS & Armour

16 Aug 2004, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

**A 12 gauge Browning custom shop Superposed over and under shotgun engraved by Winston Churchill.
Serial no. 19325 S73. 12 gauge. 30 inch barrels engraved Browning Arms Company, Morgan Utah & Montreal PQ / Made in Belgium / Browning Patents 12 ga Shells 3" Special Steel.. Matted solid rib with single white bead. Two gold bands at breech. Brush-bright finished, sculpted, sideplated box-lock action. Action engraved with very fine foliate scroll and game scenes: left lock, pair of English setters flushing a pair of woodcocks in a woodland setting; right lock, pair of Brittany spaniels flushing a pair of grouse in a woodland setting. Engraving with burnished highlights. Bottom of the action: Brittany spaniel with a grouse. Flushing pheasant on triggerguard. Engraver's name on triggerplate. Carved fences with floral design. Double triggers, with front articulated. Ejectors. Pierced triggerguard in a floral design. Non-automatic safety. 1/8 inch diameter plug below screw on bottom of the sideplates on both sides. Very finely checkered stock of dark highly figured walnut. Chain-style border on checkering. Browning hard rubber buttplate. Very finely checkered three-piece fore-end.
Condition: Excellent, showing very little use. Small areas of extremely fine pitting on left lock and top strap.
Data: Barrel Dimensions: Bores: 0.726/0.725 inches. Chokes: 0.039/0.039 inches. (Full/Full). Chambers: 3 inches. Stock Dimensions: Pull: 14 1/4 inches. Drop at comb: 1 3/8 inches. Drop at heel: 1 3/8 inches. Cast: None. Weight: 7 pounds 15 ounces.
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Note: The gun was stocked and finished in Belgium except for the engraving and the bluing of the barrels. The safety and the top lever were engraved in Belgium, the balance of the engraving was done by Winston Churchill.
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