Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 355: Engraved Belgian Browning Superposed Diana Grade Shotgun

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Factory Master Engraved and Vandersmissen Signed Belgian Browning Superposed Diana Grade 28 Gauge Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Factory Master Engraved and Vandersmissen Signed Belgian Browning Superposed Diana Grade 28 Gauge Shotgun

Manufacturer: Browning Arms
Model: Superposed
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 28
Barrel: 28 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/coin
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1731
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 275
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 1974. Single steel bead sight on the matte vent rib, standard markings on the barrels, 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors, and modified/full chokes. Coin grey receiver with a single gold washed trigger and tang mounted safety/selector switch. The receiver is engraved in the Diana Grade pattern with flowing scroll designs surrounding mallards in a marsh on the right, a covey of pheasant in a wooded scene on the left, a pair of quail on the trigger plate, and a pair of rabbits on the trigger guard. The receiver is signed "VANDERSMISSENG" on the right side beneath the game scene for Gaston Vandersmissen. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with engraved fittings and Browning buttplate. This shotgun is consecutively serialized with four other shotguns in this auction. Includes original factory box. Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bores 9 inches from the breech both proved at 13.9 (.547 inches) and measured at .547/.548 inches; choke constriction .025/.031 inches; minimum wall thickness inches; 1 1/4 inch drop at comb; 2 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 4 oz.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% original blue and coin finishes, a few tiny areas of spotting, minor handling evidence, a few tiny marks in the wood, and sharp checkering on the wood. Mechanically excellent.



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