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Lot 1496: VanLaar Signed Belgian Browning Grade III Superposed Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Factory Master Engraved VanLaar Signed Belgian Browning Grade III Superposed Shotgun

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Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Factory Master Engraved VanLaar Signed Belgian Browning Grade III Superposed Shotgun

Manufacturer: Browning Arms
Model: Superposed
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/coin
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 410
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 255
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 1959. Dual white bead sights on the matted vent rib, standard Browning markings, 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors, and chokes marked "**"/"*" (modified/full). The coin finished receiver is engraved with beautiful floral scrollwork surrounding finely detailed game bird scenes of pheasants on the right, a pair of fighting gamecocks on the left with a trio in the background, and a spaniel with a pheasant on the underside. Both the right and left sides are signed "VANLAAR" beneath the game scenes. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered forearm with engraved fittings and pistol grip stock with a vented White Line recoil pad. Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bore diameter at 9 inches from breech .728/.730 inches; choke constriction .022/.036 inches; minimum wall thickness .036/.034 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 1/2 inch drop at heel; 14 5/8 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 7 oz.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 98% original blue on the barrels with a few spots of thinning, some areas of oil discoloration on the receiver, and minor handling evidence. The wood is also excellent with a few tiny marks and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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