Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3361: Engraved Winchester Model 21 "Grand American" Upgraded Shotgun

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Engraved Winchester Model 21 "Grand American" Upgraded Double Barrel .410 Bore Shotgun with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

Engraved Winchester Model 21 "Grand American" Upgraded Double Barrel .410 Bore Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 21
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 410
Barrel: 28 inch vent rib
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 196
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This set has been masterfully upgraded from its original configuration as a standard Model 21 to the style of a "Grand American". Blued steel barrels with matted raised vent rib marked "CUSTOM BUILT BY WINCHESTER", 2 3/4 inch chambers with ejectors, chokes marked "IMP CYL"/"MOD", standard Model 21 markings, and wedges of fine floral engraving at both breeches. The blued receiver shows near full coverage Winchester Pattern 21-6 engraving featuring floral scrollwork which matches that of the barrel as well as gold inlaid dogs on point on either side of the receiver in oval scenes with a pair of gold pheasants on the bottom, also in an oval scene, and a bust of a dog on the trigger guard. Beautifully figured fancy fleur-de-lis checkered beavertail forend with engraved fittings and straight grip stock with blank inscription oval and fleur-de-lis checkered bare butt. It is reported .410 bore Model 21 shotguns were a favorite of John Olin, who, at the time, was the head of the Winchester Division of the Olin Corporation. Includes a leather bound Winchester takedown case, two snap caps, cleaning tools, and a nickel oiler. Stock measurements: drop at comb 1 9/16 inches; drop at heel 2 3/16 inches; length of pull 14 1/4 inches; weight 7 lbs 8 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally custom upgraded to current configuration, retaining 99% blue finish, light handling evidence, and some areas showing a light plum coloration. The stock is also very fine with some varnish chipping and scratches on the stock near the toe and sharp checkering. The case is very fine. Mechanically excellent.

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