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Lot 1342: Steduto Engraved C.S.M.C./A. Galazan 28 Gauge A. H. Fox Shotgun

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Sensational Game Bird Themed Master Giovanni Steduto of Creative Art Signed, Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing 28 Gauge A. H. Fox Boxlock Double Barrel Ejector Shotgun with Carved and Gold Inlaid Stock

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $50,000 - $80,000

Sensational Game Bird Themed Master Giovanni Steduto of Creative Art Signed, Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing 28 Gauge A. H. Fox Boxlock Double Barrel Ejector Shotgun with Carved and Gold Inlaid Stock

Manufacturer: Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co.
Model: Fox
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 28
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/coin/gold
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 532
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 274
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

This is a truly exceptional example of what can be accomplished by the hands of a master engraver. Italian Master Engraver Giovanni Steduto of Creative Art has pulled out all of the stops on this piece using high contrast and photo-realism to create this one-of-a-kind piece of firearms art. The blued steel barrels have a single white bead sight on the matted concave solid rib, chambers marked 2 3/4 inches with automatic ejectors, gold inlaid markings reading ""KRUPP - FLUID - STEEL" and "MADE TO ORDER A.H. FOX" on the left and right respectively, and beautiful gold intertwining gold wire inlaid wedges and a single gold band at either breech. The bolstered coin finished action has been gold washed creating an exceptional backdrop for the engraving to be carried out on. The engraving consists of outstanding photo-realistic game bird scenes surrounded by beautiful scrolling foliage. Starting with the left side, there is a Gambel's quail front an center flanked by a chukar to the left and a ruffed grouse to the right, both of which are shown in flight. The underside of the action shows a trio of game birds, one bobwhite quail in flight just ahead of the triggerguard, a second just behind that much larger and shown as a bust, and a ruffed grouse in flight being flushed by a Labrador. The right side shows a roosting pheasant, a flying ruffed grouse, and a woodcock. The top of the action display a quail and a rooster pheasant with a flying chukar on the toplever and ruffed grouse on the top tang. The triggerguard shows a rooster pheasant with a flowing tail surrounded by a woodcock and Gambel's quail and a woodcock and chukar in flight on the lower tang. These bird are all cut through the gold wash making them pop against the contrasting surface, making this a truly eye catching piece that will surely grab the attention of anyone that enters the room. The triggerplate is signed "G. Steduto Creative Art" in small script to the right of the triggerguard. The gun features gold plated double triggers and a nitre blue tang mounted manual safety switch. The final piece of this masterwork is the exhibition grade walnut stock and forend, both of which show the same absolutely fantastic floral scroll carving with gold inlays and gold bordered fleur-de-lis checkering. The splinter forend also shows gold washed and engraved fittings to match the action as well as gold inlaid "GALAZAN" on the shoe. The straight grip stock really shows off the incredible figure of the wood and has the gold inlaid floral carving on the flats and matching gold washed and engraved toe and heel plates above and below the checkered bare butt. Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both measure .557 inches; choke constriction .014/027 inches; 1 7/16 inch drop at comb; 2 7/16 inch drop at heel; 14 5/8 inch length of pull; weight 5 lbs 9 oz. Provenance: The Robert M. Lee Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue, coin, and gold finishes with minimal handling evidence, and sharp checkering and carving on the stock and forend. Mechanically excellent. This is a rare opportunity to own a true masterwork of modern engraving!



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