Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1486: Engraved Winchester 28 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester Marked 28 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Style Double Barrel Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester Marked 28 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Style Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 21
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 28
Barrel: 28 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/gold
Stock: highly figured checkered
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 250
Class: Modern Long Gun

Blued Winchester Proof Steel marked barrels with dual red bead sight on the matted, vent rib which is marked "CUSTOM BUILT BY WINCHESTER", standard barrel markings, 3 inch wedges of floral scroll engraving at either breech, chokes marked "WS-1"/"WS-2", and 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The blued boxlock action displays gorgeous Grand American pattern engraving consisting of near full coverage floral scroll engraving surrounding four gold inlaid game scenes. The left shows a retriever in a field scene, the right has a pointer in a field scene, the underside shows a pair of pheasant roosters in an upland scene, and a bust of a setter on the trigger guard all rendered in raised relief gold inlay. The gun features a gold plated single selective trigger and tang mounted automatic safety switch with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautiful, highly figured, fancy fleur-de-lis checkered beavertail forend with engraved fittings, rotary latch release, and ebony tip inlay. The pistol grip stock is of the same exceptional quality with matching fleur-de-lis checkering and engraved and gold inlaid "GRAND/AMERICAN" grip cap, blank gold inscription oval, and checkered bare butt. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .550/.551 inches; choke constriction .004(jug)/.007(jug) inches; minimum wall thickness .031/.030 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 1/2 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 1 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as upgraded to current configuration, retaining 99% blue and gold finishes with a slight plum hue on the barrels and minimal handling evidence. The wood is also very fine showing only a few tiny marks and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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