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Lot 454: Tomasoni Engraved Abbiatico & Salvinelli (FAMARS) Shotgun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 25, 2023

Lot 454: Tomasoni Engraved Abbiatico & Salvinelli (FAMARS) Shotgun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 25, 2023

Estimated Price: $8,000 - $14,000

Factory Master Claudio Tomasoni Signed and Game Scene Engraved Abbiatico & Salvinelli (FAMARS) Sidelock Over/Under Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: Abbiatico & Salvinelli
Model: Over/Under
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 29 3/4 inch vent rib ported
Finish: blue/coin
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 657
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 372
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Blued Ultramet 6001 steel barrels with dual white bead sights (both broken) on the matted vent rib, "ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI-MADE IN ITALY" (founders of FAMARS) on the left with importer information on the right, light engraving around the breech, interchangeable chokes (5/6 installed), 1995 dated Italian proofs, and 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The coin finished pinless sidelock action displays beautiful scrolling floral engraving over a matted background surrounding game scenes on the lockplates, underside, and triggerguard. The left side displays quail in flight amongst rolling hills with two on the lockplate and one in a continuation of the scene on the pivot pin, the right side shows pheasants in flight over a lightly wooded field and also has a pair on the lockplate and a lone bird on the pivot pin, the underside has a pair of alighting mallards heading into the cattails, and the triggerguard shows a mallard in flight over a pond. All of the scenes are cut in exceptionally high detail with "C. Tomasoni" signed on the triggerplate for Italian Master Engraver Claudio Tomasoni. The gun features a single trigger, tang mounted selector switch, and manual tang safety. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered forend with matching engraved fittings and pistol grip stock with right hand palm swell and a Kick-Eez recoil pad. Includes a wood and leather takedown case containing ten extra choke tubes and two snap caps. Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both proved at 18.7mm (.736 inches) and both measured .739 inches; minimum wall thickness .025/.029 inches; 1 7/16 inch drop at comb; 2 1/16 inch drop at heel; 13 1/4 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 8 lbs. 4 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 95% plus original blue finish with some light rub wear mostly along the lower barrel, 99% original coin finish, and light handling evidence. There is some chipping at the rear of the left lock; otherwise, the wood is very good with a few scratches, a coat of varnish applied, and worn but well-defined checkering. The case is very good. Mechanically excellent.



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