"FRANCOTTE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN 2-BBL SET. SN 91006. Cal. 20 ga. Mid-grade Francotte double with boxlock receiver & sideplates has 26" bbls choked MOD/CYL and 27-1/2" bbls choked IMP-MOD/IMP-CYL. Both have tapered concave matted ribs with sgl bead, ejectors, third fasteners & dbl underbites. Both are marked "AUGUSTE FRANCOTTE" on right bbl and "BREVETE LIEGE" on left. Lettering on 27-1/2" bbls is slightly larger and it is this cataloger's opinion that this set of bbls was added at a later date. Receiver & sideplates are beautifully engraved with about 80% coverage very fine foliate arabesque patterns. Trigger plate is signed "R. SMEETS GRAR INR de S.M. LeRoi". It has nicely scalloped fences and sgl non-selective trigger. It has "S" in gold on top tang. Mounted with very highly figured, streaky French walnut with checkered splinter forearm and half-hand stock, 14-3/4" over a flat-checkered butt. There is a gold initial plate on bottom engraved "S.L". Accompanied by a green felt lined, leather trunk case compartmented in bottom for shotgun & both sets of bbls with other compartments for forearm. 26" BBLS: Bore diameter: left - .625, right - .624. Bore restrictions: left - .025, right - .003. Wall thickness: left - .031, right - .030. 27-1/2" BBLS: Bore diameter: left - .624, right - .623. Bore restrictions: left - .022, right - .018. Wall thickness: left - .027, right - .034. Drop at heel: 2-1/8", drop at comb: 1-3/8" Weight with 26" bbls: 6 lbs. 0 oz. CONDITION: Very fine. The 26" bbls retain about all of a fine re-blacked finish with a small nick in left bbl which shows in bore. Bright shiny bores. The 27-1/2" bbls also retain most of a fine re-blacked finish with brilliant shiny bores. Receiver & sideplates retain 97-98% restored case colors. Stock has a tiny hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with minor handling & storage marks and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Right bbl will not fire, otherwise mechanics are fine. Probably only a minor adjustment or internal cleaning required. Case is fine. 4-32910 JR231 (3,000-5,000)"
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