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Lot 1257: Factory Engraved Colt Model 1883 Hammerless Side by Side Shotgun

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Exceptional Factory Engraved Colt Model 1883 Hammerless Side by Side Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Exceptional Factory Engraved Colt Model 1883 Hammerless Side by Side Shotgun

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1883-SHOTGUN
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: highly figured checkered
Item Views: 398
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 206
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1893. Blue, Damascus steel barrels with matted, concave rib marked "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A", chambers measured at 2 3/4 inches with single extractor, and chokes measured at improved cylinder/modified. The casehardened boxlock action displays standard Grade 2 engraving consisting of a setter flushing two birds on the left, a pointer flushing a bird on the right, scroll surrounding the scenes, and a solitary mallard on the trigger guard. The patent markings are also marked on the underside reading "PATENTED/AUG.22. SEP.19.1882". Double triggers and tang mounted automatic safety switch. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with ebony insert, engraved fitting, and a Deeley style release lever and pistol grip stock with blank initial oval, hard rubber grip cap, and hard rubber Rampant colt buttplate. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter 9 inches from the breech both measured .727 inches; choke constriction .011/.020 inches; minimum wall thickness .022/.023 inches; 1 3/4 inch drop at comb; 3 1/8 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 5 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, showing 95% beautiful, vivid Damascus pattern on the barrels, 75% original case colors on the action, and overall light handling evidence. The wood is also very fine with scattered dings and scratches freshened sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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