Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1497: N. Hermsen Signed Pre-WWII Belgian Browning Superposed Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Engraved and Gold Inlaid N. Hermsen Signed Pre-World War II Belgian Browning Superposed Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Engraved and Gold Inlaid N. Hermsen Signed Pre-World War II Belgian Browning Superposed Shotgun

Manufacturer: Browning Arms
Model: Superposed
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 26 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/grey/gold
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 592
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 255
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured between 1931 and 1939. Dual white bead sights on the matted vent rib, standard Browning barrel markings, 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors, and chokes marked "**-"/"**-" (improved cylinder/improved cylinder). The grey finished action features beautiful leafy scroll engraving and gold inlaid borders around multiple game scenes. The left features a pair of quail fleeing a dog in a field, a solitary quail on the underside, a dog on point in a field on the right, and a bust of a dog on the trigger guard. The left side is signed "N.HERMSEN 9/81" at the lower edge. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered forend with engraved fittings and straight grip stock with Browning recoil pad. Stock measurements: 1 9/16 inch drop at comb; 2 inch drop at heel; 14 1/16 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 1 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally embellished, retaining 99% reapplied blue and grey finishes, some oil discoloration on the right side of the action, and light handling evidence. The wood is also very fine with a few minor marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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