Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 441: Pre-World War II Belgian Browning Superposed Shotgun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Exhibition Quality Engraved Gold Inlaid Pre-World War II Belgian Browning Superposed Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $14,000

Exhibition Quality Engraved Gold Inlaid Pre-World War II Belgian Browning Superposed Shotgun

Manufacturer: Browning Arms
Model: Superposed
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 32 inch vent rib
Finish: blue
Stock: highly figured checkered
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 263
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1933 and subsequently masterfully engraved and gold inlaid by an unknown artisan in the style of art deco. High visibility orange bead front and white bead mid sights on the matte vent rib barrels with 2 3/4 inch chambers, automatic ejectors, standard Belgian proofs, and modified/full chokes. The action is a fine polished blue with a Miller single trigger and fine gold inlaid line engraving surrounding semi-relief gold inlaid birds on the sides, fine punch dot texture on top of the receiver, and an eagle and shield design on the trigger guard. With an exceptionally well figured fancy scroll bordered checkered pistol grip stock and forearm with matching engraved and gold inlaid fittings, grip cap with brass inscription plate marked around the edge "BRENT UMBERGER/MASTER STOCKMAKER", and Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Barrel and stock measurements are: bore diameter at 9 inches from breech .729/.727; minimum wall thickness .024/.024; drop at comb 1 3/8 inches; drop at heel 1 3/8 inches; length of pull 14 1/4 inches; weight 8 lbs. 6.6 oz.

Rating Definition:

Excellent as exhibition quality embellished and finished with 99% of the factory quality blue finish remaining on the barrels, slightly softened barrel markings, and some small marks on the lower barrel from forearm movement. The action shows a few very minor surface scratches, and some very light edge wear is visible on the trigger guard. The attractive wood is very fine with crisp checkering, bold, attractive figure, and just a few very small scattered dings. Mechanically excellent.

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