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Lot 1409: Winchester Model 21 Shotgun Made for John M. Olin

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Lot 1409: Winchester Model 21 Shotgun Made for John M. Olin

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500
Price Realized:

Documented Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun Made for John M. Olin with Cody Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 21
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 32 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: highly figured checkered
Item Views: 2276
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 305
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Blued, Winchester proofed steel barrels with matted solid rib, dual white bead sights, 2 3/4 inch chambers, and chokes marked full/full. The receiver is blued and features a single selective trigger and a non-automatic tang mounted safety. The trigger guard is gold inlaid with the initials "J/M/O". "WINCHESTER" uniquely roll die stamped on the receiver. Nicely figured "Trap" grade beaver tail forend and straight grip stock with multi-point checkering and recoil pad. The included documentation from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center confirms the current configuration listed above when it was originally ordered for John M. Olin on July 14, 1932. John Olin was the Vice President of Winchester-Western and head of the Winchester division. He later went on to become Chairman of the Board of the Olin Corporation, the parent company of Winchester. Included with the documentation is a letter from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center confirming that this shotgun was part of the Olin collection and was given to them, and subsequently sold to benefit the Cody Firearms Building Fund. The shotgun is also pictured and described on page 32 of Ned Schwing's "Winchester's Finest: The Model 21". Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bores 9 inches from the breech .737/.736 inches; choke constriction .036/.035 inches; minimum wall thickness .027/.028 inches; 1 3/16 inch drop at comb; 1 7/16 inch drop at heel; 14 1/2 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 15 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as factory refinished during the period of use, showing 95% plus blue finish, some softening of the markings , a few dings and scratches on the stock, and crisp checkering on the wood. Mechanically excellent. This is a rare chance to own a truly unique Model 21 shotgun made for a Winchester executive!



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