This absolutely beautiful piece of American craftsmanship was built in 1903 and shows off some of the best quality of the day. Blued steel barrels with a matted solid rib with doll's head extension, "KRUPP." and "FLUID. STEEL." marked on the right and left barrels respectively, small wedges of scroll engraving at either breech, relief cut leaf motifs on the underside of either breech, and chambers measured at 2 3/4 inches with automatic ejectors. The casehardened sideplated boxlock action displays beautifully carved fences with shell motifs and highly detailed scroll and game scene engraving with a panel scene on either sideplate as well as the underside. The left sideplate shows a pair of pointers, the right has a pair of setters on point, and the underside displays a set of mallards with one in flight and the other on the water. The gun features gold plated double triggers and a tang mounted automatic safety switch with another wonderfully engraved setter on the triggerguard. Exceptionally well figured, fancy multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings and straight grip stock with teardrop flats, gold inscription shield, and a red rubber recoil pad. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .732/.733 inches; choke constriction .041/.040 inches; minimum wall thickness .028/.029 inches; 1 5/8 inch drop at comb; 2 inch drop at heel; 13 7/8 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Exceptionally fine, retaining 98% original blue finish on the barrels and 70% original case colors with an attractive silver patina on the balance. The gun shows minor handling evidence with a few tiny scratches and some slight discoloration on the right barrel above the forend. There is a significant crack on the left side of the stock at the butt and a compressed recoil pad, otherwise the wood is very fine with a few light scratches and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A great opportunity for a hard to find high condition Lefever!
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