Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3414: Engraved, Gold Inlaid Winchester Model 23 Shotgun Two Barrel Set

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Cased, Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Winchester Model 23 Side by Side Custom Two Barrel Hunting Set Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Cased, Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Winchester Model 23 Side by Side Custom Two Barrel Hunting Set Shotgun

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 23
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20
Barrel: 25 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/gold
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 542
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 213
Class: Modern Long Gun

Blued Winchester Proof steel barrels marked "MODEL XXIII - WINCHESTER CUSTOM 2 BARREL HUNTING SET - 20 GA. 2 3/4" & 3"" on the left barrel with automatic ejectors, improved cylinder/modified chokes, and "WP" proofs on the flats. Both barrel sets feature wedges of light scroll engraving and are numbered "1" and "2" respectively at the breech end of the rib. Blue boxlock receiver with jeweled water table and fine scroll engraving surrounding gold inlaid scenes of grouse on the right, a pheasant on the left, and a retriever with a duck on the underside. The trigger guard tang is marked "ONE OF 500". Nicely figured, walnut, checkered pistol grip stock and beavertail forearm with fancy fleur-de-lis carved accents, engraved blue steel grip cap, blank initial oval, and solid Winchester rubber recoil pad. The 28 gauge barrel set is also 25 1/2 inches with 2 3/4 inch chambers, improved cylinder/modified chokes, and its own matching forearm. Includes a leather bound takedown case for the set, two sets of snap caps, oiler, and original boxes for the gun and extra barrel set. Stock measurements: drop at comb 1 3/8 inches; drop at heel 2 3/8 inches; length of pull 14 1/16 inches.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original finishes, limited handling evidence, dried grease, and sharp stock checkering. The extra barrel is also excellent with some dried grease. Both front sight beads are absent. The boxes and case are very fine/excellent. Mechanically excellent.

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