Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3142: Engraved Colt Model 1883 Shotgun

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Colt Model 1883 Double Barrel Shotgun with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Colt Model 1883 Double Barrel Shotgun with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1883-SHOTGUN
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 364
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 120
Class: Antique

The included factory letter confirms the current barrel length, gauge, finish, and weight when it was shipped to Hall & Knight of Lewiston, ME, on September 2, 1890. The gun features a single bead sight on the matted solid rib, chambers measured 2 3/4 inches with single extractor, choke constrictions of .025/.027 inches, light engraving on the casehardened action, double triggers, tang safety, and checkered walnut forend and pistol grip stock. Stock measurements: 2 inch drop at comb; 3 1/16 inch drop at heel; 14 1/8 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs. 6 oz.

Rating Definition:

Fine overall, showing 70% strong Damascus pattern, an attractive mix of brown and grey patina on the balance of barrel. 40% original case colors remain on the receiver mostly in the protected areas, light handling evidence, moderate dings and scratches in the stock, and mostly crisp wood checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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