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Lot 3423: Matched Pair of E.J. Churchill Premiere Quality Shotguns

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 27, 2023

Lot 3423: Matched Pair of E.J. Churchill Premiere Quality Shotguns

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 27, 2023

Estimated Price: $35,000 - $55,000
Price Realized:

A) E. J. Churchill Premiere Quality Shotgun

Manufacturer: Churchill E J Ltd
Model: Over/Under
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 559
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 268
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Blued steel barrels with a single bead sight on the matted vent rib which is marked at the breech end with a gold "I", Leicester Square address on the left of the upper barrel, Churchill maker's mark and London nitro proofs on the right of the upper barrel, wedges of floral scroll engraving at the breech, and 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The casehardened sidelock action with gold "I" marked blued hold open top lever displays extensive floral scroll engraving with gold "E. J. CHURCHILL" in banners on either lockplate and "The/Premiere/Quality" in gold on the underside. The engraving extends to the rolled edge trigger guard, top lever, and both tangs, the bottom of which is marked "3173-I" in gold. The gun features double triggers with the front being articulated as well as a tang mounted automatic safety with gold "SAFE". Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered forend with engraved fittings, including the Anson button style release which has the final gold "I" and pistol grip stock with teardrop carved flats, horn grip cap, gold escutcheon with crest depicting an angel over three orbs on a shield, and a checkered bare butt. Per information provided by Jan Roosenberg, author and former director of Holland & Holland in the U.S., this pair was built in 1926 ("A") for a Mr. Simson of San Francisco and 1929 ("B") for Abercrombie & Fitch of New York. The guns eventually made their way back to E. J. Churchill as individuals and were rebarreled and refurbished and then sold as a pair to a nobleman from Denmark. Roosenburg also states that these guns are two of only 15 built on Woodward actions by Churchill. This particular gun of the pair is pictured in "The House of Churchill" by Masters. Included is a double gun motor case that houses both "A" and "B". Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both proved at 12 (.729 inches) and measured .737/.738 inches; choke constriction .008/.016 inches; minimum wall thickness .025/.022 inches; 1 9/16 inch drop at comb; 1 7/8 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 7 lbs. 4 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 98% of the professionally reapplied blue finish, 80% case colors, light handling evidence, and some fading/fill in the barrel markings. The wood is also very fine with a gap at the shoe to forend fit, scattered light dings and scratches, and sharp checkering. The case has a detached trade label inside, but is otherwise excellent. Mechanically excellent.



B) E. J. Churchill Premiere Quality Shotgun

Manufacturer: Churchill E J Ltd
Model: Over/Under
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch vent rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 559
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 268
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

As "A" with "II" in place of "I", blue triggerguard shoe, and lower tang number "4220-II". Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both reproved at 18.6mm (.732 inches) and measured .732/.733 inches; choke constriction .007/.014 inches; minimum wall thickness .022/.027 inches; 1 9/16 inch drop at comb; 1 7/8 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 7 lbs. 10 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 95% plus professionally reapplied blue finish with the loss on the triggerguard, 95% case colors, small gap between receiver and forend shoe, and light handling evidence. The forend has small chips at the top rear on either side; otherwise, the wood is very fine with dings and scratches and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. This is a great opportunity to own a wonderful pair of high grade English shotguns!



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