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Lot 1467: Engraved and Gold Inlaid Beretta S3EELL Over/Under Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Factory Stefano Tononcelli Master Engraved and Gold Inlaid Beretta S3EELL Over/Under Sidelock Shotgun

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Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Factory Stefano Tononcelli Master Engraved and Gold Inlaid Beretta S3EELL Over/Under Sidelock Shotgun

Manufacturer: Beretta Pietro
Model: S3
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 1/4 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/coin
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 546
Item Interest: Active
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Catalog Page: 239
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1960. Blued Bohler Antinit Steel with dual steel bead sights on the matted vent rib, standard Beretta markings and Italian proofs, chambers measured 2 3/4 inches with automatic ejectors, and floral engraving at the breech section. The bright sidelock action displays beautiful, full coverage floral scrollwork with interspersed bouquets. The engraving extends to the triggerguard and tangs with a gold inlaid coronet on the release lever which has been skeletonized with a floral scroll. The work is sign "S. TONONCELLI" on the triggerplate for Beretta Master Engraver Stefano Tononcelli. Beautiful, highly figured, multi-point checkered forend with engraved fittings including the Deeley style release and pistol grip stock with scalloped grip cap and Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both proved at 18.3 mm (.720 inches) and measured .725/.724 inches; choke constriction .025/.029 inches; minimum wall thickness .031/.025 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 inch drop at heel; 14 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 7 lbs 4 oz.

Rating Definition:

Excellent as refurbished, retaining 99% blue finish, polished bright action and triggergaurd slight discoloration at the left fence, and minor handling evidence. The stock has several repaired cracks at the stock head and slight chipping at the edges, otherwise the wood is good with a few minor marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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