"DARNE HORS SERIES SLIDING BREECH DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS. SN 8C 504 / 8C 505. Cal. 12 ga. A rare and magnificent true pair of Darne Hors Series game guns. Both guns are virtually identical with 27-1/2" bbls, choked, IMP. CYL./MOD and chambered for 2-3/4" shells, tapered concave game rib with single brass bead and has gold "1" and "2" inlaid at breechs and engraving wedges of intermediate scroll work extending approx. 1" inward from the breech. Action bodies are completely engraved with exquisite flowing open scroll work in a dark matted background with three hunting dog profiles incl. in the design. Sliding breech opening mechanisms are also engraved in the above pattern as is the trigger plate, bow and tang. Maker's name engraved "DARNE" on opening mechanism. Engraving is signed "PETIOT" along the trigger plate on both. Guns eject cartridges upon being fully opened, bbl release is a push button feature on the forward section of the trigger plates. Articulated double triggers. Safety lever located on left side of action body on each. Mounted with one piece straight hand stock and splinter forend with ebony forend tips of nicely figured honey gold French walnut adorned with 24 lpi multi-point checkering patterns and stylized carved borders. Guns are housed in a leather two gun takedown trunk-style case. Labeled "MAREUIL-FRANCE". Gun #1: 14-3/8" to checkered buttplate, drop at heel 2-3/8", drop at comb 1-1/2". Bore dia. Left .725", Right .727". Choke restrictions Left .020", Right .010". Wall thickness Left .036", Right .029". Weight 6lbs. 7.4oz. Gun #2: 14-3/8" to checkered buttplate, drop at heel 2-3/8", drop at comb 1-3/8". Bore dia. Left .724", Right .725". Choke restrictions Left .030", Right .007". Wall thickness Left .036", Right .031". Weight 6lbs. 5.4oz. CONDITION: Gun #1: Very fine. Bbls retain 98% original bright blue with several light scratches and nicks evident. There is a shallow ding approx. 1mm dia 11" from the muzzle on the side of the left tube which is visible on the inside bore wall. Receiver retains all of its French gray finish. Fire blue on trigger surfaces show just a touch of thinning from use. Wood is sound with numerous light to moderate rubs and scratches from normal field use. Mechanics are crisp, bores bright and shiny. Gun #2: Very fine. Bbls retain 99% original bright blue with only minor handling marks. Receiver retains all of its French gray finish with some minor tarnishing at bottom of trigger bow. Fire blue on trigger surfaces show just a touch of thinning and scattered light pitting from use. Wood is sound with numerous light to moderate rubs and scratches from service. Mechanics are crisp, bores bright and shiny. Case is sound with some light rubs and scratches to the leather exterior. 4-32634 WD26 (10,000-20,000)"
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