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Lot 462: Winchester 20 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Shotgun 2 Barrel Set

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester 20 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Style Double Barrel Shotgun Two Barrel Set with Case and Letter from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co.

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Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester 20 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Style Double Barrel Shotgun Two Barrel Set with Case and Letter from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co.

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 21
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20/28
Barrel: 28 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/gold
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 601
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 279
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Blued Winchester Proof Steel barrels with single red Bradley sight bead on the matted, vent rib which is marked "CUSTOM BUILT BY WINCHESTER", standard barrel markings, 3 1/2 inch wedges of floral scroll engraving at either breech, chokes marked "IMP CYL"/"MOD", and 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The blued boxlock action displays gorgeous Grand American pattern engraving consisting of near full coverage floral scroll engraving surrounding four gold inlaid game scenes. The left shows a setter in a field, the right has a pointer in a field scene, the underside shows a pair of pheasant roosters on a tree branch, and a bust of a setter on the triggerguard, all rendered in highly detailed gold inlay. The gun features a gold plated single selective trigger and tang mounted automatic safety switch with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautiful, highly figured, fancy fluer-de-lis checkered beavertail forend with engraved fittings, rotary latch release, and contrasting ebony tip inlay. The stock is of the same exceptional quality with matching fluer-de-lis checkering and engraved and gold inlaid "GRAND/AMERICAN" grip cap, blank gold inscription oval, and checkered Winchester buttplate. The included letter from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co. confirms the current configuration and that the information on its configuration was being submitted to the Cody Museum at that time and that it was sold to them from the assets acquired through the liquidation of U.S. Repeating Arms (Winchester). Also included is a leather bound takedown case with canvas cover, cleaning tools, snap caps, and an extra 28 gauge barrel set. The extra barrel set measures 28 inches with a vent rib and bears matching number, 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors, chokes marked "IMP CYL"/"MOD", and has its own matching checkered beavertail forend, all of which is also confirmed in the above letter. Barrel measurements for the extra set (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .552/.553 inches; choke constriction .005/.008 inches; minimum wall thickness .030/.029 inches. Barrel and stock measurements for the primary set (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .615/.615 inches; choke constriction .007/.013 inches; minimum wall thickness .038/.039 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 1/4 inch drop at heel; 14 1/2 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 9 oz.

Rating Definition:

Near mint overall as finished by CSMC, retaining 99% original blue and gold finishes with a light plum coloration to the blue on the barrels and minor handling evidence. The wood is also near mint with a few minor blemishes in the varnish, minor handling evidence, and sharp checkering. The case and extra barrel set are both excellent. Mechanically excellent.



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