10 gauge. 30" side by side damascus steel barrels. 14" length of pull. SN: 47760. Break-action side by side shotgun with 6-pin sidelock, double spur hammer, double triggers, separated ribbed barrels, and a fixed brass conical bead sight. Blued metal damascus swirl barrels, and fancy checkered semi-pistol grip deluxe walnut stock and forearm. Also has case hardened lockplates, water table, standing breech, fence, cock lever, and takedown. Engravings to lock plate feature a quail game scene, floral script, and fretting to left side lockplate. There is an engraved game scene with flying ducks, floral script, and fretting to right side lockplate. To bottom of frame there is another game scene engraving with a single flying duck, fine floral and script designs, and fretting to edges. Tangs, hardware, hammer, triggerguard, standing breech, fence, and forearm takedown lever also feature fine floral, script, and fretted engravings in various designs. Patent dates and serial numbers can be found marked to water table. Serial number is also marked to underside of forearm. Standard Parker Brothers Connecticut address marks to barrel rib. Has brown plastic or hard rubber grip cap and buttplate. There is also a German silver badge shaped escutcheon behind upper tang. This shotgun was manufactured sometime in 1886.
Provenance:Property from the Collection of Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth, Atlanta, Georgia. Noel and Kathy Wadsworth’s appreciation of American history was captured through their fine art, furniture and decorative arts collection. Noel and his late wife, Kathy, are among the original founders of the Auburn Fine Arts Museum, contributing the gallery that bears their name: The Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth Gallery. A portion of their art collection was loaned to the museum and featured in the exhibition, Auburn Collects. The Wadsworth’s curated collection was also featured in Time magazine in the early 1980s. The couple met at Auburn University and were members of the first graduating class in June 1960. Following graduation, they moved to Dalton, Georgia, the epicenter of the American Carpet Industry, where Noel’s career and their family thrived. Philanthropic and community-minded, they eventually settled in Atlanta, Georgia and filled their Marietta home with a collection that spanned from the American Colonial period through Art Nouveau. An interest in American art grew after traveling to exhibitions, fairs and auctions in New York, New Orleans, London, and Paris. The couple collected mostly American fine art from the late 19th and early 20th century with a focus on Ashcan school artists. The Wadsworth’s, however, felt important European artists who were friends of the American artists represented in their collection were also needed to convey the full story of the period. The result became a lifelong decorative and fine art collection that reflects the eye of discerning collectors and will be offered through multiple auctions at Hindman this spring.
Very good . Bores are bright and only show slight traces of residue. Blued finish has mostly depleted and is replaced by a grey-brown patina to rib and select areas of barrel. Wood stock has two 1" cracks extending from behind upper tang, scratches to forearm, and bite to comb. Lock up is tight and action is excellent.
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