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Lot 3653: Cased Matching Pair of Consecutively Serial Numbered Engraved Co

Auction Date: April 20, 2012

Cased Matching Pair of Consecutively Serial Numbered Engraved Cogswell & Harrison Avant Tout Game Bird Set Double Barrel Shotguns

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

A) Engraved Cogswell & Harrison Double Barrel Avant Tout Number One Shotgun

Manufacturer: Cogswell & Harrison
Model: Side by Side
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1524
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 303
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This lot consists of two matching consecutively serial numbered shotguns. Both are 12 gauge, Arcus steel, 30 inch solid rib barrels, with a single brass bead sight on the concave solid rib marked "COGSWELL & HARRISON LTD. THE AVANT TOUT 141 NEW BOND ST. & 226 STRAND LONDON". 2 inches of the breech end of the rib has floral scroll engraving and ahead of that the number "1", (A) and "2", (B). Each is chambered 2 3/4 inches, both choked improved cylinder/modified and have ejectors. The barrel flats are marked with various British proof marks. The actions and side locks are engraved with fine English scroll. The same engraving pattern extends to the break lever, bottom plate and trigger guard. Each side lock is marked "COGSWELL & HARRISON LTD". Double triggers, tang mounted safety with gold "SAFE", casehardened action and locks, with blue remaining parts and mounted with a checkered walnut splinter forearm, (numbered "1" and "2" on the bottom of the knuckle), with engraved hardware and straight grip stock with tear drop flats, checkered bare butt and silver initial oval. The pair is complete in a leather and oak case with brass corner protectors, leather straps and red felt lining with a Cogswell & Harrison label affixed to the inside of the lid. In the case is a pair of clear snap caps, a two piece wooden cleaning rod, two bore mops and a jag, and a "R.H. ROUND/BIRMINGHAM" marked oiler. Length of pull is 14 5/8 inches.

Rating Definition:

Partially refinished, the blue parts with 99% blue finish remaining. There is some minor pitting under the finish on the underside of the barrels, trigger guard and lower tang. The remaining parts have a smooth silver gray patina. The wood is very good with 70% varnish remaining and showing some overall scattered minor dings and scratches, and crisp checkering. The markings and engraving are clear. Mechanically excellent. The case is good with dents and scuffs on the exterior and some wear and staining on the lining.



B) Engraved Cogswell & Harrison Avant Tout Number Two Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Cogswell & Harrison
Model: Side by Side
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1524
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 303
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Described in "A".

Rating Definition:

Partially refinished, the blue parts with 99% blue finish remaining and showing some minor pitting under the finish on the underside of the barrels and trigger guard. The remaining parts have a smooth silver gray patina. The wood is very good with 95% varnish remaining and showing a few minor scratches, with crisp checkering. Markings clear, and the engraving is clear. Mechanically excellent.



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