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Lot 3030: Wells Fargo Express Shipped Ithaca Hammer Coach Shotgun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 27, 2023

Lot 3030: Wells Fargo Express Shipped Ithaca Hammer Coach Shotgun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 27, 2023

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000
Price Realized:

Documented Wells Fargo & Co. Express Shipped and Marked Ithaca Grade X Double Barrel Hammer Coach Shotgun with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Ithaca Gun Co
Model: SXS Shotgun
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 24 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1074
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 39
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Founded in 1852 for the initial purpose of providing banking service to California, Wells Fargo rapidly grew due to demand caused by the California Gold Rush, and by the time the gold rush came to an end in 1855, Wells Fargo dominated the banking and express service industry in the West. Pieces of the Wells Fargo legacy are in high demand by collectors, and this piece of Wells Fargo heritage is documented in the Ithaca factory records. As confirmed in the factory letter, this Ithaca shotgun was finished on November 17, 1911, and sold to the legendary Wells Fargo & Company Express as a Grade X with 24 inch fluid steel barrels in 12 gauge. It is not often we catalog Wells Fargo shipped firearms, especially shotguns with factory "coach" barrels (18 to 24 inches). The origin of these short barreled shotguns date back to the Wild West when Wells Fargo issued them to their stagecoach guards for defense. While the stagecoach had long since vanished from the American landscape by the time this coach gun left the factory in 1911, the short barreled shotgun remained a popular weapon of choice with Wells Fargo guards. The right side of the frame has the Wells Fargo marking: "W.F.&CO. EX. 238." Includes a Wells Fargo & Co. Express guard marked badge.

Rating Definition:

Good displaying all the character of a well-traveled Wells Fargo coach gun with the barrels retaining 30% original blue finish. The heavily worn and cracked stock also proudly wear the scars of a Wells Fargo working gun. Mechanically excellent. A true piece of Wells Fargo & Co. Express history!



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