Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 516: Mets Engraved A. Francotte .410 Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Factory Mets Engraved August Francotte .410 Bore Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Factory Mets Engraved August Francotte .410 Bore Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Francotte A
Model: Side By Side
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 410
Barrel: 29 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 734
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 377
Class: Modern Long Gun

Blued steel barrels with single bead sight on the matted solid rib, marked "AUG. FRANCOTTE - LIEGE/MADE IN BELGUIM" and "410. GA. SHELLS 3" on the right and left respectively, light engraving at the breeches, and 3 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The casehardened sidelock action displays near full coverage classic English rose and scroll engraving with a pair of pigeons perched on corn stalks on the underside as well as "AUG. FRANCOTTE." in gold. The engraving extends to the trigger guard, toplever, and tangs with the gold inlaid serial number on the lower. The trigger plate is marked "MS METS". The gun features a single trigger and tang mounted manual safety with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered semi-beavertail forend with engraved fittings and straight grip stock with teardrop flats, "LT" in the gold inscription oval, and checkered bare butt. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): choke constriction .014/.036 inches; 1 1/4 inch drop at comb; 1 1/2 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 5 lbs 4 oz.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue and casehardened finishes, limited minor handling evidence, and sharp checkering on the stock and forend. Mechanically excellent.

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