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EARLY J. P. SAUER & SON CAPE GUN. SN 19130. Cal. 20 ga. x .467 Groove diameter (approx 2-1/4″ straight case, probably based on 43 Mauser). 28-1/2″ Bbls. Shotgun bbl is Damascus, rifle bbl is fluid steel. Bbls are fitted with full length flat Damascus rib, mounted with folding U-notch rear sight, and silver bead front, both dovetailed through. Bbl flats are stamped with early German proofs, SN, and “SAUER GUSS-ST” and “SUHL”. Jones type double bite forward pivoting underlever action is fitted with peninsula non-rebounding back action locks, having short serpentine high spurred hammers. Action is engraved with very well cut semi-relief large open shaded acanthus scroll. Lockplates with small flourishes of matching scroll depict scenes of game; a doe on left, a stag on right, both in mountainous background. “I. P. SAUER U SOHN” is around hammer pivot on left lock and “IN SUHL” is on right. Scrolled trigger guard has more high grade scroll engraving and a quail (?). Guard terminates in scroll carved horn grip. Front trigger is set. Plain European walnut buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over steel buttplate, and features large swept right hand cheekpiece with chip carved shadow line. Point pattern checkering with broad mullered borders is at grip. Separate small splinter forend attaches to bbl with side nail through engraved oval escutcheons, and has thick German silver wear plate at bottom. Bore diameter: left-.672. Bore restrictions: left -.004. Wall thickness: left -.022. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″. CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain traces of what appears to be orig brown. Action cleaned to coin finish, with some darkening. Stocks retain most of an old varnish finish, crazed overall, with numerous minor marks. Checkering is considerably worn. Shotgun bore is rough and pitted. Rifle bore is fine with slight frosting, strong rifling throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are off face, slightly. Locks are crisp. Set trigger works. Side nail is a newly made replacement. A very interesting early Sauer. 4-49595 MGM70 (1,500-2,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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