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Lot 3418: 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: 20/28
Barrel: 25 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/gold
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 507
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 214
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

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 bust of John Olin's famous lab, King Buck, with a duck in his mouth 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, and oiler. Barrel measurements for 28 gauge set (R/L): bores 9 inches from the breech .552/.552 inches; choke constriction .006/.016 inches; minimum wall thickness .032/.032 inches. Barrel and stock measurements for 20 gauge set (R/L): bores 9 inches from the breech .619/.619 inches; choke constriction .007/.018 inches; minimum wall thickness .032/.031 inches; drop at comb 1 7/16 inches; drop at heel 2 3/8 inches; length of pull 14 1/8 inches; weight 6 lbs 14 oz. Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue and gold finishes, limited handling evidence, absent front sight bead, and sharp checkering on the wood. The extra barrel set is equally excellent. The case is very fine with a few minor marks. Mechanically excellent.



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