Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1023: L.D. Nimschke Engraved Spencer Arms Slide Action Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Rare Documented L.D. Nimschke Signed Panel Scene Engraved Spencer Arms Slide Action Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Rare Documented L.D. Nimschke Signed Panel Scene Engraved Spencer Arms Slide Action Shotgun

Manufacturer: Spencer Arms Co
Model: Slide Action Shotgun
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 22 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 26
Class: Antique

Offered here is a highly sought after and documented Spencer Arms slide action shotgun exhibition quality engraved and signed by renowned 19th century master engraver L.D. Nimschke. The receiver is extensively decorated with Nimschke's scrollwork. The centerpiece on the left side of the receiver is a panel scene depicting a hunting dog. This panel is signed by Nimschke with his "LDN" initials under the dog. Amongst the scrollwork on the right side of the receiver is the inscription "SPENCER ARMS/CO/PAT. APR 82." The receiver patterns along with Nimschke's initials under the dog are observed in smoke pulls presented in R.L. Wilson's "L.D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver" on page 36. A noticeable difference is the addition of "PAT." in the last line of the inscription found on the shotgun as to only "APR. 82" found in the corresponding smoke pull. These smoke pulls are also signed by Nimschke in his own hand. An additional smoke pull showing the scrolls and kidney pattern appearing on top of the receiver is found on page 85. The trigger guard is also engraved with Nimschke's scrollwork. The multi-point checkered forearm is hard rubber. The round knob pistol grip stock has checkering in the grip area and a checkered hard rubber buttplate. The Damascus barrel has a single bead front sight and is marked "SPENCER RPTG. SHOTGUN PAT.APL.1882." Length of pull is 13 1/4 inches. Designed by Christopher M. Spencer, the designer of the Civil War military carbine, and manufactured from 1882 to 1889, the Spencer shotgun is considered the first successful American slide action repeating shotgun.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The period shortened barrel retains most of the Damascus pattern. 30% original blue remains on the magazine tube. The receiver has a smooth gray patina and crisp engraving. The wood is very fine with a few stress lines at the upper tang, minor dings and scratches and overall crisp checkering. The buttplate has been repaired. The forearm is excellent with a few minor handling marks and crisp checkering. We rarely catalog worked signed by Nimschke. This Nimschke signed engraved Spencer shotgun will be a great addition to any high art firearms collection and is truly a piece of art!.

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