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Lot 1388: Ernst Engraved and Gold Inlaid Belgian Browning Over/Under Rifle

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Factory Lucien Ernst Master Engraved and Gold Inlaid Belgian Browning Exposition Grade Over/Under Double Rifle with Schmidt & Bender Scope

Estimated Price: $12,000 - $18,000

Factory Lucien Ernst Master Engraved and Gold Inlaid Belgian Browning Exposition Grade Over/Under Double Rifle with Schmidt & Bender Scope

Manufacturer: Browning Arms
Model: O/U
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 9.3 mmx74 R
Barrel: 23 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/coin/gold
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 436
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 300
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 1976. Blued steel barrels with ramped beaded blade front sight, rear quarter rib with fixed notch rear sight and German style claw mounts holding a Schmidt & Bender 1 1/4-4x20 scope, and wedges of floral scroll engraving on either side of the upper breech. The coin finished action displays near full coverage beautiful deep cut floral scroll engraving surrounding two semi-relief gold inlaid animals. The left hand side shows a majestic bugling red stag and the right side depicts a snarling European boar. The stag is faintly signed at its should "L.ERNST" for factory Master Engraver Lucien Ernst. The gun features a single trigger and a tang mounted safety/selector switch with gold inlaid "O", "U", and "S". Beautiful, feather crotch figured Schnabel tip forend with engraved fittings and pistol grip stock with Browning buttplate. Length of pull 14 1/16 inches. Weight 8 lbs. 4 oz. (scope included).

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 98% plus original blue finish and 99% original gold and coin, with some patches of light spotting, some areas of light discoloration in the coin, and overall light handling evidence. There are a couple stress lines at both tangs and the rear of the forend, otherwise, the wood is fine with some gaps in the wood to metal fit and crisp checkering. The scope optics are sharp. Mechanically excellent.



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