Ultra Rare LC Smith A2 High Grade Shotgun

Currency:USD Category:Antiques / Firearms & Armory Start Price:20,000.00 USD Estimated At:40,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD
Ultra Rare LC Smith  A2  High Grade Shotgun
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One of the rarest and finest shotguns ever made! Serial number 2428. Highly ornate and fantastically and intricately engraved L.C. Smith 12 Gauge shotgun was SHIPPED March 5th 1897 and is recorded so in Col. William S. Brophy’s book "L.C.SMITH SHOTGUNS" (1978, pg. 210). This exquisite gun has 32 inch barrels (Brophy’s book records all A2’S with 30” barrels whether they did or not). This is an EXPOSITION GRADE SHOTGUN with exposition grade furniture (higher than 3x wood), Fleur- de-lis high grade. Very fine checkering patterns on the semi –pistol grip and beaver splinter fore grip. Engraving on the breech end top rib as well as either side of both barrels and an engraved gold band on the top rib. Some of the most intricate engraving ever done on any firearm. Engraving is 100% full coverage on top & bottom and side plates; truly one of a kind. Some exposition grade British guns with lesser quality but still extremely ornate have recently sold at auction for well over six figures. A truly remarkable and rare piece of American shotgun history. Cody Letter Pending. Antique.
"I examined the images of the L.C. Smith Serial number 2428 offered on Holabird's auction site as you requested. From what I can see, the gun appears to have been engraved by L. C. Smith's head engraver, Albert F. Krause. Krause worked at LCS from 1890 until the factory closed. Over time he had several other engravers working for him but he personally engraved all of the highest grade guns himself, as is the case with the gun in question. I might add that #2428 is one of the nicest L. C. Smith's I have seen."
C. Roger Bleile
FEGA Historian (Firearms Engravers Guild of America)

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