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Lot 1385: Marechal Engraved Browning Superposed Diana Grade Skeet Shotgun

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Factory A. Marechal Master Engraved Belgian Browning 20 Gauge Superposed Diana Grade Skeet Shotgun with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

Factory A. Marechal Master Engraved Belgian Browning 20 Gauge Superposed Diana Grade Skeet Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: Browning Arms
Model: Superposed
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20
Barrel: 28 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/coin
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 557
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 298
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1970. Blued Special Steel barrels with dual white bead sights on the matted vent rib, standard Browning markings, chokes marked "**{{{BODY}}}quot;/"**{{{BODY}}}quot; (skeet/skeet), and 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The coin grey receiver is engraved in the Diana Grade pattern with flowing scroll designs surrounding three game scenes depicting four mallards in a marsh on the right, a covey of pheasant in a wooded scene on the left, and pair of quail on the underside with an additional scene showing a pair of rabbits on the triggerguard. The action is signed "A.MARECHAL" on the left side beneath the game scene for Master Engraver Alfonse Marechal. The gun features a single gold washed trigger and tang mounted safety/selector switch with gold inlaid "U", "O", and "S". Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered forend with engraved fittings and pistol grip stock with Browning ventilated rubber recoil pad. Includes a Browning factory takedown case (model hand marked in silver ink on a short end) and a pair of snap caps. Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bore diameter nine inches from the breech measured at .623/.622 inches; choke constriction .005/.004 inches; minimum wall thickness .032/.034 inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 1 13/16 inch drop at heel; 14 1/2 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs. 11 oz.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% original blue and coin finishes, slight rub ahead of the forend and a tiny patch of light pitting towards the muzzle on the lower barrel, some scattered minor handling evidence, and sharp checkering in the forend and stock. The case is excellent. Mechanically excellent.

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