Blued Winchester Proof Steel barrels with dual white bead sights on the matted, vent rib which is marked "CUSTOM BUILT BY WINCHESTER FOR WM. E. HARBOTTLE", standard proofs on the flats, chokes marked "WS-1"/"WS-2", and 2 3/4 inch chambers with ejectors. The action displays #4 pattern engraving consisting of floral scrollwork with borders and two simple bands at either breech. The gun features a gold plated single selective trigger and tang mounted manual safety with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautiful, fancy figured, multi-point checkered beavertail forend with engraved fittings, rotary latch release, and ebony tip inlay and pistol grip stock with blued steel grip cap, gold inscription oval mark "W.E.H.", and Winchester red rubber recoil pad. Included with the gun is a copy of the final inspection report listing many of the features and a date of August 18, 1966. While the William E. Harbottle that ordered this gun cannot be positively identified, William E. Harbottle Jr. and William E. Harbottle III of Dayton, Ohio are likely candidates. Harbottle Jr. was the president of Miami-Jacobs Junior College at the time this gun was built. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .729/.729 inches; choke constriction .004/.003 inches; minimum wall thickness .026/.028 inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 1 3/4 inch drop at heel; 14 1/16 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 11 oz.
Excellent as engraved and refurbished, retaining 99% blue finish with only minor handling evidence. The wood is very fine with a few scattered minor marks and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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