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Auction Date: September 10, 2011

Lot 1595: Remington Arms Inc - 11 48

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Exceptional Remington Factory Custom Shop Master Engraved, Gold Inlaid Robert Runge Signed Sportsman-48 Premier F Grade Semi-Automatic Shotgun
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $13,000
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Serial #Remington Arms Inc - 11 48 ManufacturerRemington Arms Inc Model11 48
TypeShotgun Gauge12 Catalog Page94
Barrel25 1/2 Inch Vent Rib FinishBlue Grip
Stockwalnut ClassCurio & Relic Long Gun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionIntroduced in 1949, this particular shotgun was produced by the Remington Custom Shop, and bears the "R R" initials of Robert Runge among the engraving. The F, or Premier, grade was the highest offered by Remington, and each one was a hand made firearm, with the engraving and inlay on their own representing upwards of 80 man-hours of custom work by a master gunsmith. Originally an engraver with Parker Brothers, Runge came on board with Remington in the 1930s, and was one of their chief engravers through the end of the 1970's. Dual ivory sight beads on the vent rib, with a Remington Special Skeet choke, the two line patent and address markings on the right side of the barrel, and the 2 3/4 inch chamber markings on the reverse. A 5 5/8" wedge of scroll engraving with punch-dot background is present on each side of the breech, incorporating banners which surround the markings. The model and serial number markings are hand engraved on the underside of the receiver, which shows over 98% coverage of fine scrollwork, with punch dot backgrounds, a dogs head on the trigger guard, floral patterns on the pins, and a starburst design on the rear of the operating handle. Each side features a three-panel game scene with gold animals; the left shows a field scene with hills in the background, a duck in flight in the left panel, two dogs in the center, and a grouse in flight on the right, and a similar field scene on the right, with a pheasant and quail in flight in the side panels and two dogs in the center. On the left side, in the scrollwork under the dogs, is the engravers mark "|||||R R|||||". Fitted with an extra-fancy high grade walnut stock, featuring sharp checkering on the forearm and pistol grip, integrating curved and sharply angled border lines, a Remington grip cap with Fleur-de-Lis accents, an untouched gold inscription panel on the underside, 13 3/4" pull and a ribbed Remington buttplate.

ConditionNear new, with only the lightest handling marks. 99% plus original blue finish with spectacular engraving and almost three dimensional gold work that shows incredible detail. The wood on this magnificent F Grade is something to behold. The spectacular wood grain highlights stand out from across the room. Again a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the best. A superb piece from the James Tipton Collection.
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