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Lot 510: Factory Engraved Gold Inlaid Bertuzzi Venere Side Lock Shotgun

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Scarce Factory Engraved Gold Inlaid Bertuzzi 28 Gauge Venere Sidelock Ejector Side by Side Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Scarce Factory Engraved Gold Inlaid Bertuzzi 28 Gauge Venere Sidelock Ejector Side by Side Shotgun

Manufacturer: Bertuzzi
Model: Side by Side
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 28
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 645
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 374
Class: Modern Long Gun

A name synonymous with high quality and beauty, each Bertuzzi is a made to order arm, and only 40 to 50 guns were produced annually, until 2009 when brothers, owners, and sole work force, Elio and Remigio Bertuzzi retired, thus ending four generations of a family tradition of gun making. Blue steel, chopper lump barrels with chambers proved and measured at 2 3/4 inches, automatic ejectors, single steel bead sight on the hand matted concave rib marked "F. LLI BERTUZZI" in gold inlay, gold inlaid bands around the breech, modified/improved modified chokes, and standard Italian proofs on the flats dated 1987. Fully blued receiver and locks with bushed firing pins, single non-selective trigger, manual sliding tang safety, and standard proofs on the water table. The receiver and locks have subtle engraving around the screw holes and gold wire inlaid border accents with each lock marked "ARMI F.LLI BERTUZZI" in gold inlay. Highly figured, checkered Turkish walnut pistol grip stock and forearm with gold inlaid fittings, rolled trigger guard, Anson latch, and checkered bare butt. With leather bound takedown case with Bertuzzi interior label, and snap caps. Barrel and stock measurements are: bore diameter at 9 inches from breech proofed at 13.9 mm (.547) and measured at .540; choke constriction .010/.016; drop at comb 1 1/4 inches; drop at heel 2 1/2 inches; length of pull 14 1/2 inches.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 99% original blue finish on the barrels, scattered light handling marks, and complete gold inlays. The receiver and locks have some very small surface scratches, but are otherwise excellent. The wood is excellent with attractive, dark figure, crisp checkering, and some small scattered dings and pressure marks. Mechanically excellent. Case is good with some surface cracking and scuffs, patina on the fittings, and worn interior label. An excellent example of a bespoke limited produced Italian small gauge double, illustrating beauty in simplicity.

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