Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 379: Alvin A. White Engraved Winchester 20 Gauge Model 21 Shotgun

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Attractive Alvin A. White Signed, Master Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Winchester 20 Gauge Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $11,000 - $16,000

Attractive Alvin A. White Signed, Master Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Winchester 20 Gauge Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 21
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20
Barrel: 26 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/gold
Stock: fancy walnut
Item Views: 704
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 284
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Blued Winchester Proof Steel chopper lump barrels with single steel bead sight on the matted, concave solid rib, standard Winchester markings, 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors, and chokes marked "IMP. CYL."/"MOD." ahead of the flats. The barrels display beautifully executed wedges of floral scroll engraving extending 4 1/8 inches from either breech towards the muzzle. The blued action features masterfully executed gold inlaid game scenes on both sides with a pair pheasants in tall grass on the left and a single pheasant in flight on the right. The underside is gold inlaid with an eagle and shield motif beneath seven gold stars, twelve gold stars on the triggerguard, and 23 stars across the fences and rear of the rib. All of this gold work is surrounded by beautiful floral scroll in the same style as that on the barrels covering nearly all of the action. Single selective trigger, gold inlaid lower tang serial number, and automatic tang mounted safety with gold inlaid "SAFE". The water table is inset with a small gold rectangle bearing "A A WHITE/ENG." for renowned Master Engraver Alvin A. White. Highly figured, fancy fluer-de-lis checkered walnut beavertail forend with engraved fittings and a rotary latch release and a round knob pistol grip stock with gold inscription oval marked "LWF" ("W" is largest) and leather wrapped recoil pad. Includes two snap caps. Another Alvin White Winchester Model 21 with the same engraving theme is available in the next lot. Stock and barrel measurements (R/L): bore diameter 9 inches from the breech .617/.618 inches; choke constriction .004/.004 inches; minimum wall thickness .029/.021 inches; 1 7/16 inch drop at comb; 2 1/4 inch drop at heel; 13 3/4 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 6 oz. Provenance: The Richard P. Mellon Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine as masterfully upgraded to current configuration by Master Engraver Alvin A. White, retaining 85% blue and 99% gold finishes. The majority of the blue loss concentrated on the high edges. Sharp engraving. The wood is very fine with scattered small scratches and dings, some wear of the finish on the comb, some age to the recoil pad, minor oil discoloration, and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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