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Lot 735: Winchester - 21

Auction Date: September 8, 2017

Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Skeet Shotgun with Factory Letter and Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Skeet Shotgun with Factory Letter and Case

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 21
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 26 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1289
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 205
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Features dual bead sights on the concave, matte rib barrels with 2 3/4 inch chambers, ejectors, and "WS-1/WS-2" marked chokes. The left barrel has the third style barrel legend with "WINCHESTER - 12 GAUGE/2 3/4 CHAM." The barrel flats and water table are both marked with the Winchester "WP" proof. The water table has the three-line model and address legend on the left side and three-line patent numbers on the right. The trigger plate is marked skeet just forward of the trigger guard. Fitted with a single selective trigger and tang mounted thumb safety. Checkered beavertail forearm and pistol grip stock with a checkered bare butt. Barrel and stock measurements are: bore diameter at 9 inches from breech .728/.727 inches; minimum wall thickness .035/.035; drop at comb 1 1/2 inches; drop at heel 2 1/4 inches; length of pull 14 inches. The factory letter confirms the gauge, barrel length, chokes, and "94b" rear sight. It lists the measurements and stock details as follows: "Pitch -1-3/4 in., Pull -14 in., Drop at heel -2-1/2 in., Drop at comb -1-9/16 in.", "Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.", regular comb width, and regular grade wood and finish. It was manufactured for Parker Whelen Company, Inc. of Washington, D.C. on order 3650-01A as Item #1. The order called for a standard grade skeet gun in 12 gauge with 26 inch barrels and a pistol grip stock. Work at the factory started on March 17, 1943. The inspection started on February 3, 1943, and was not completed until May 13, 1943. The shotgun was packed the following day. With Winchester leather bound takedown case.

Rating Definition:

Fine. 70% original blue finish remains overall with scattered light surface scratches on the barrels, some visible forearm wear, edge wear on the receiver and a mottled gray/blue patina on the trigger plate, guard and tangs. The refinished wood is very good with scattered small dings throughout, some light chipping on the back of the forearm, and a freshened coat of varnish on the buttstock. Mechanically excellent.

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