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Reggie Bishop 02-05-2018 02:50 PM

Interesting Engravings
Thought some of you might enjoy these. I don't recall seeing this pattern before.

Jeff Kuss 02-05-2018 04:25 PM

Is that a Grade 4?

Reggie Bishop 02-05-2018 04:26 PM

Yes it is.

Dean Romig 02-05-2018 05:35 PM

What is the serial number range Reggie?

The Grade 4 engraving was just a bit more elaborate (or done with a bit more feeling/personality) than the Grade 3 so we often see small differences in engraving style or theme than Grade 3 guns.

The "looking back" setter is an example of this 'personality' imparted by the engraver. This looking back is borrowed from hammerless guns made in the late 1880's and early 1890's Grade 3 and higher and earlier hammer guns..


Reggie Bishop 02-05-2018 05:38 PM

Dean its a 172xxx range. 1916 production.

Brian Dudley 02-05-2018 07:00 PM

And seeing game along with the dogs on that grade is unusual.

Tom Jay 02-06-2018 12:14 AM

What camera set up was used to take these photos? They are so sharp and crisp and very close up.

Reggie Bishop 02-06-2018 08:12 AM

The camera is an old Canon A3100 IS digital, compact camera. Nothing fancy at all.

Kevin McCormack 02-06-2018 06:23 PM

Sooner or later we've got to see a 'looking back" dog being "looked back" at by a covey of "looking back" birds! I like the shading effect on the chest and shoulders of the pointer - much more subtle and pleasing as opposed to the usually encountered "Pluto" effect. C-grades have some of the nicest and unusual floorplate motifs; being a true high grade (e.g., order-only & seldom made for stock), if the customer did not specify a scene for rendition, the engraver often gave in to personal whimsy or preference. Years ago I passed up an A-grade that was ordered by a lumber baron in Maine that had an otter engraved on the floorplate, floating on its back in a kelp bed, cracking open some type of shellfish with a stone (I had to avoid it because it had those life-threatening Damascus barrels!!)

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