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FRANCOTTE 20 BORE - 1929 ORIGINAL MODEL 25 - ORIGINAL BORES & CHOKES - VON LENGERKE & DETMOLD IMPORT - NICE PIECE - 5 Lbs. 13 Oz. - 26" Ejector Barrels - 14" LOP - 96% Engraving Coverage with 7 Game Birds - Nice Wood - Sideclips - Double Triggers - Excellent Barrels Inside & Out

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Shotgun Side by Side 20 Bore $4,950.00

#86270, A. Francotte Maker & Patentee, Liege, Belgium:  Von Lengerke & Detmold, U.S. Agents New York: A Auguste Francotte Model 25 in 20 Bore Made in 1929 for VL & D in New York City with 26" Ejector Rib Extension Hidden Crossbolt, It is .628 .015 & .024" (Mod. & Full), 2 3/4" chambers opened from 2 1/2", Original bore size proved at 16mm, Wall thickness on the right at .035" & .036" on the left, Hidden cross bolt top lock, Sideplates, Side clip action body, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Open pistol grip stock at 14 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8" over a 1" pad, Slight cast-off for the right hand, Nice game gun weight of 5 lbs. 13 oz., 96% coverage of very nice scroll with 7 game birds and deep chiseled balls of the action, Very nice European walnut with very good color and contrast, It has 2 locking screws for key screws, This piece is 1929 original on both metal and wood except opened to 2 3/4", It retains 25% original case colors, The original barrel blue is 92%, The original stock finish is at 85%, The checkering remains at 90%, The barrels inside & out are excellent plus. It is tight to the face and overall a very solid gun, Good maker, attractive, great vintage, excellent engraving and comes to hand with style and grace.  

Von Lengerke & Detmold in New York City was respected for its European-made sporting guns and fishing tackle, Von Lengerke & Antoine was the Chicago branch, they later became a subsidiary in August of 1929 and were bought by Abercrombie & Fitch.  VL & D did advertise Francotte guns and brought a lot of them to these shores.

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