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FRANCOTTE 12 BORE - 32" BARRELS - 1925 - VERY STRONG CONDITION - 90% ORIGINAL CASE COLORS - MODEL 14 - 8 Lbs. 1 Oz. - EXCELLENT PLUS BORES - TIGHT as NEW - 70% Engraving Coverage - 15 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/4" - Can Easily go 14 1/2" LOP - The Wood as Stout as New - A Lot of Life Left

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Shotgun Side by Side 12 Bore $3,900.00

#82714, A. Francotte Maker & Patentee, Liege, Belgium - Von Lengerke & Detmold, U.S. Agents New York: An Auguste Francotte Model 14 in 12 Bore Made in 1925 for VL & D in New York City, 32" Ejector Barrels with Dovetail Lump and Rib Extension Crossbolt, It is .727 .029 & .032" (Imp.Mod. & Full), Original 2 3/4" chambers, Original bore size proved at 18.4 & 18.5mm, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Open pistol grip stock at 15 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/4" over a checkered butt that has a very well done 1 3/8" matching wood extension, Remove the extension & install a 1/2" pad and it will come out at 14 1/2" or a 1" pad and it will end up at 15 1/8" lop, Neutral stock, With these dimensions the piece points like a dream, 8 lbs. 1 oz., 70% coverage of very nice scroll that is as sharp as the day it was cut, Deeper chiseled engraving on the balls of the action, Checkered and carved panels at the head of the stock, It has 2 locking screws for key screws, This was a very well kept piece for all of 93 years, It retains 90% bright & vivid original case colors, 95% original barrel blue, The original stock finish remains at 85%, The checkering still at 97%, The breech face retains 90% case colors, The bores are excellent plus, The striking on the barrels is as good as a best English gun, It is tight on the face, The wood is as solid as the day it was finished, The barrels ring with a very nice chime, It remains as a really solid gun that was very well kept with a lot of shooting life left. One of the best out of Belgium, great Golden Era 1925 vintage, very nice engraving and comes to hand with ease with what I think is great stock dimensions.    

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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