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Lot 1517: Engraved L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Crown Grade Trap Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Factory Engraved L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Crown Grade Single Barrel Trap Shotgun

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Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Factory Engraved L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Crown Grade Single Barrel Trap Shotgun

Manufacturer: Hunter Arms Company
Model: Double Barrel
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 34 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 334
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 266
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

According to the chart on page 120 of "L. C. Smith Shotguns" by William Brophy, this is one of only 88 Crown Grade Single Barrel Trap shotguns ever produced. Dual white bead sights on the raised, matted vent rib, standard Crown Grade markings on the barrel, 1 1/2 inch wedges of floral scroll on both sides of the barrel, single band of engraving at the muzzle, and 2 3/4 inch chamber with automatic ejector. The casehardened boxlock action displays extensive floral scroll engraving surrounding a pair of setters on the left and a pair of pointers on the right in oval scenes. The toplever is inlaid with a gold crown along with more scrollwork. Highly figured, fancy relief carved fleur-de-lis checkered trap forend with engraved fittings including the rotary latch release and pistol grip stock with fleur-de-lis carved flats, engraved grip cap, and ventilated recoil pad. Barrel and stock measurements: bore diameter measured nine inches from the breech .731 inches; choke constriction .030 inches; minimum wall thickness .036 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 1/8 inch drop at heel; 14 7/8 inch length of pull; weight 8 lbs 11 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall, retaining 97% original blue on the barrel and 75% on the trigger guard, 80% muted case colors on the action, light handling evidence, replacement grip cap, and sharp checkering on the wood. Mechanically excellent.

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