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Lot 3471: Winchester 28 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Shotgun 2 Barrel Set

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester 28 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Style Double Barrel Shotgun Two Barrel Set with Case Inscribed to Edward E. Ulrich

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

Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester 28 Gauge Model 21 Grand American Style Double Barrel Shotgun Two Barrel Set with Case Inscribed to Edward E. Ulrich

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 21
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 28
Barrel: 26 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/gold
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 284
Class: Modern Long Gun

Blued Winchester Proof Steel marked barrels with a single red bead sight on the matted vent rib which is marked "CUSTOM BUILT BY WINCHESTER FOR E.E. ULRICH", standard barrel markings, 3 inch wedges of floral scroll engraving at either breech, single gold band at either muzzle with accompanying scroll wedge, chokes marked "MOD"/"FULL", and 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The blued boxlock action displays gorgeous modified Grand American pattern engraving consisting of near full coverage floral scroll engraving surrounding four gold inlaid game scenes. The left shows a pointer in a field scene, the right has a setter in a field scene, the underside shows an eagle pulling a salmon from a river in a mountain scene, 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. Gorgeously figured, fancy 21-B pattern fleur-de-lis checkered beavertail forend with engraved fittings, "CUSTOM MADE/FOR/E. E. ULRICH" marked in gold on the shoe, rotary latch release, and ebony tip inlay. The pistol grip stock is of the same exceptional quality with matching fleur-de-lis checkering and engraved and gold inlaid "GRAND/AMERICAN" grip cap, blank gold inscription oval, and checkered bare butt. The gun includes a second matching barrel set in .410 bore with matching engraving, rib marking, and its own beavertail forend with matching gold inlaid shoe. The extra barrel measures 26 inches and features 3 inch chambers with ejectors and choke marked "IMP CYL"/"MOD". Also included is a leather bound Winchester takedown case with four nickel snap caps (two .410 bore, two 28 gauge), nickel oiler, Model 21 advertising, and part of an autobiographical article on Edward E. Ulrich from the Autumn 1999 "Double Gun Journal". A set of guns custom built for Ulrich with similar engraving are pictured on page 322 of Ned Schwing's "Winchesters Finest: The Model 21" in which it is stated that Nick Kusmit carried out the engraving on that set. The previous and following lot are numbered in sequence to this gun. Barrel measurements for the .410 bore set (R/L): choke constriction .001/.008 inches. Barrel and stock measurements primary set (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .544/.545 inches; choke constriction .008/.017 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 3/8 inch drop at heel; 14 5/16 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 4 oz. Provenance: The Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall as custom embellished, retaining 99% plus blue and gold finishes, limited handling evidence, a pair of varnish blemishes at the comb, and sharp checkering on the stock and forend. The extra barrel set has some oil staining at the muzzles, otherwise it is excellent. The case and accessories are also excellent. Mechanically excellent.

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