Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MSG704 ITHACA 4E SINGLE BARREL TRAP
Item # MSG704
As with most single bbl traps, it is 12 ga. 32" with factory vent rib. Full choke. Front and mid ivory beads. Bbl blue nearly all there with just some wear in a few spots. Overall VG bbl finish. Like wise with the frame. Case colors still showing. This one has the Eagle motif. Fine scrolling on the bottom with VG case colors and some protective lacquer remaining. Bore is bright and shiny and in VG cond. Lock up is nice and solid. This gun is a little unusual in the fact that it is a straight grip shotgun. 14-1/2" LOP to the end of Ithaca rubber buttpad. Forearm is a semi-beaver tail style which is VG cond. A few light handling marks. No cracks or losses. A very fine gun that you could have a lot of fun with!
Modern $ 1,875.
MSG715 A H FOX A GRADE
Item # MSG715
This SxS shotgun is in 12 ga. Markings on the bbl are " Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel". Standard choking with a full and a modified bbl. 28" bbl. Frame is elaborately engraved with a deep scroll style. Frame is case colored with good case colors showing in protected areas. The remainder is mostly silver. Nice clean smooth metal. Bbl has most finish remaining thinning lightly in spots. Inside the bbls it is nice bright and shiny. Original wood is very nice cond and looks like it has been lightly freshened with re-cut checkering. A nice vintage shotgun!
Modern $ 2,875.
MSG676 LEFEVER SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG676-122-495
This gun is H grade with double triggers and automatic ejectors. Damascus patterned laminated steel bbls. 30" bbls marked modified and full. Good shootable bores. Checkered walnut stocks in very good cond with 14" LOP. Bright case colors on the side plates turning silvery on the bottom of the frame. Good pattern to the damascus.
Antique $ 1,395.
W748 WINCHESTER MODEL 11 FACTORY ENGRAVED 2-BBL SET
Item # W748-122-198
This gun comes complete with 2 forearms, 2 bbls, 2 fully engraved receivers and one stock. Probably one of the most elaborate model 11's I have ever seen. In excellent condition with nearly all bright blue. Sharp engraving with a game scene on both sides. Circassian walnut stocks in excellent condition with sharp checkering. Measures 13-3/4 " to the end of a red Hawkins pad. One is a 28" full matted bbl and the other a 26" cylinder bore bbl. One of the nicest sets I have ever encountered. Very rare!
Modern $ 15,750.
REMINGTON MODEL 1894 HAMMERLESS 10 GAUGE
Item # R23-22-322
Smooth clean metal with quite a lot of case colors showing, 32 Damascus barrels with mirror bores. Only detractions are the letter 'KP' lightly carved in stock. Also white line recoil pad added. Good solid gun.
Antique $ 2,950.
MSG706 ITHACA 4E SINGLE BARREL TRAP
Item # MSG706
Ithaca was well known for a good quality trap shotgun with their single shots probably being some of the best on the trap range. This gun has a 32" vent rib bbl with full choke. On top of the rib on the front sight is one of those elongated type glow sights. It is marked Ithaca and evidently correct to the gun. Vent rib also has a small center ivory bead. Like a lot of trap guns, this one has a rather long pull at about 14-1/4". The metal is beautiful with bbl having nearly all finish remaining. The frame is also in very nice shape with all the engraving intact. Some case colors remain with the balance turning an aged grey. Wood is VG. No cracks or losses. On the pistol grip is a very ornate cap with the letter "M" on it. Solid gun with a great bore!
Modern $ 2,350.
PARKER VHE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN IN 12 GAUGE
Item # MSG263
30 Vulcan Steel barrels, Full and Full, near excellent bores, 97% original blue remaining, 1-1/2 frame, 99%+ of professionally re-done case colors-looks great! Checkered pistol gripped walnut VG+, 14-1/4" pull to end of replacement Parker hardrubber buttplate.
Modern $ 2,650.
MSG669 LEFEVER DOUBLE BARRELED EJECTOR I GRADE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG669-22-490
30" bbls choked full and mod. Excl bores. Crisp functioning ejectors. Receiver retains about 90% case colors on the side and is turning a silver color on the bottom towards the front. The bbl retains about 95% bright blue. Stock has a little refinish work done but is not sanded or undersized. Sharp checkering. Mechanical condition is excellent. Should make a fine shooter. .
Modern $ 1,775.
MSG643 ITHACA DOUBLE BARRELED HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN
Item # MSG643-22-489
32" bbls choked full and mod. Marked on the receiver is "2". Has ejectors and double triggers. Ejectors function well. Excl bores. Wood is fine cond with sharp checkering. Stock measures 14" to the end of the orig hard rubber buttplate. Gun is in fine cond with 97-98% bright orig blue. Receiver is nicely engraved with 75% case colors turning nickel color on the bottom. Bright blue on trigger guard. Fine old gun.
Modern $ 1,875.
MSG640 H & R LIGHTWEIGHT FOLDING MODEL 410
Item # MSG640 -22-488
This is the very nice small framed folding model which was a great idea. This gun also is equipped with the very rare compensator on the bbl. VG overall condition. Everything is nice and tight in both the action and pivot. Ample case colors showing on the receiver. A VG looking piece of wood too. Buttplate is near perfect. This is a great little shotgun!
Modern $ 675.
ITHACA NID MODEL DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG637-21-401
Grade 2 E with 30" bbls. Box lock action. Choked full and mod. No. 2 style engraving with fowl scenes. Original nicely grained wood is in excellent condition with sharp checkering and measuring 14-1/2" to the end of the buttplate. Overall gun is in fine condition showing little use and could use a good cleaning. Case colors are vivid on the receiver but some yellowing with age. Bbls have mostly all blue with a considerable amount of age that needs to be cleaned off. Tight crisp action. Nice shotgun.
Modern $ 1,775.
ITHACA 10 GAUGE 2 -7/8” MAGNUM DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Item # MSG654 -21-399
450k serial range. Original 32" bbls stamped "smokeless powder steel made in the U.S.A.". VG shootable bores. Original wood has been lightly refinished but in very nice condition with 14" pull to the end of the red recoil pad. Bbls have been refinished and retain most of the re blue. Original receiver has considerable amount of the case colors starting to turn nickel color on the bottom. Ithaca type dog motif with a couple of engraved stars on the side. Should make a good shooter.
Antique $ 2,275.
VERY SCARCE ETHAN ALLEN DOUBLE BARREL HAMMER HINGED BREECH LOADING SHOTGUN
Item # MSG635 -21-385
12 ga. Exposed hammers. 26" bbls. Original fancy dlx wood in excellent condition with sharp checkering and a shotgun style buttplate. Nicely engraved action. One of the higher grades that these guns became available in. One of the more elaborate Ethan Allen shotguns I have seen. VG condition with about half the damascus pattern on the bbls. Good strong evidence of case colors on the breech, receiver and upper tang. Generally VG bores with a small dent towards the end of one bbl. There was only a couple hundred of these that were serial numbered and had the Ethan Allen markings. Very scarce gun.
Antique $ 2,975.
ITHACA 4E SINGLE BARREL TRAP SHOTGUN
Item # R90-21-406
Serial number over 400,XXX range. Orig 30 full choke bbl, exc bore, orig wood has filler piece expertly added to comb, looks pretty decent with a Morgan type adjustable metal pad. Other than alterations to the wood, gun is in fine cond with 98% bbl blue on the receiver, 75-80% vivid case colors. Should make fine shooter.
Modern $ 1,750.
LEFEVER ARMS CO CATALOG
Item # M5-47
7 1/2 x 9", 32 pp with order blank. Tan with green border, red lettering & picture of falling ducks with caption: 'Guns of lasting fame'. Good cond-complete but the cover spine is split & a couple small tears. This is the only Lefever catalog I have ever seen.
DOUBLE BARREL CAPE RIFLE
Item # MSG601-19-529
45 cal rifle bbl and 20 ga shotgun bbl. Marked on top of the rib is "Blissett and Son High Holborn London." 4-leaf folding express sight. Period front sight. Nicely figured European Circassian Walnut stocks with shotgun style buttplate. Checkering has been freshened. Looks good. Complete with correct sling eyes. Back action locks are very delicately engraved and marked "Blissett and Son". Nice looking gun. Double trigger bottom opener. Double hammer. Beautiful delicate looking gun! Bbls have been refinished a long time ago. Still retain about 90% of the professional refinish. Receiver has about 20% nickeling original case colors. No pitting. Smooth sharp crisp action.
Antique $ 4,500.
MIROKU OVER AND UNDER 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG614-19-252
Miroku is of course well known in the firearms business as manufacturing guns for other companies such as Winchester, Browning, Charles Daily, Smith & Wesson etc. They are the prime builder of the reproduction classic guns. You do not normally find a Miroku marked without some other name on it. This one is marked " B.C. Miroku" . This is a vent rib o/u 20 ga shotgun with 26" bbls with modified chokes. It has a golden single trigger with select fire. Nearly all finish remains on both metal and wood. Overall condition is VG+. One scratch on the bottom of the buttstock, the only real detraction of the gun. This would be a very fine upland game shotgun.
Modern $ 1,150.
LANE & READ BOSTON MARKET GUN
Item # MSG597-19-501
Very pretty gun with deluxe stock in VG condition. The furniture is a mixture of iron and brass. The forearm tip being brass and the trigger guard being iron along with the lock plate, buttplate and a couple other parts. Inset gold medallion says "Daniel Webster." Setup more like a standard percussion shotgun, although it is big bore! Approximately a 1" bore. Definitely sets it aside from your average shotgun. The trigger guard is of the square front variety. Rather unique. Dimension wise, this gun makes a little more sense than some of them. The bbl is a reasonable 34" and weight is approximately 10-3/4 pounds. It is a half stock and has a cleaning rod, dark brownish metal that has faded and a very pretty deluxe stock with a cheek piece. Top of the bbl has a rather unique spear shaped flat making sort of a rib for about 1/3 of the bbl length. Action is nice and solid. Daniel Webster must have been a hell of a man to pull the trigger on this baby!
Antique $ 5,275.
BELGIUM MADE BROWNING SUPER-POSED MIDAS GRADE OVER AND UNDER 12 GUAGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG605-19-242
30" bbl. Full and modified choke. Fitted with another bbl that is unmarked but still numbered to the gun. Probably made by Simmons. The gun has probably been re-stocked and it is beautifully done with Circassian Walnut. Highly figured contrasting black and blond stripes throughout. Stock dimensions measure 14-3/4" to the end of the brown Pachmayr pad. Gun was manufactured in 1968 and is in virtually un-used condition. The engraving was signed by Arno. This is a round knob short tang Belgium made Browning fitted in original Browning 2-bbl set case. Nearly new condition. Excellent throughout!
Modern $ 8,975.
MASSIVE PERCUSSION MARKET HUNTERS GUN
Item # MSG595-21-423
This gun tips the scales at almost 22-1/2 pounds. Bbl length is 43-1/2". Bore is approximately a 5 bore. Very few markings on this gun. Some sort of a proof mark on the top of the bbl and the numbers 35 on the side of the bbl. No maker indicated. This is a good, high quality piece and heavy duty it definitely is. Thick wall bbl. Relatively smooth metal which is a brownish coloration. Was is possibly a browned finish to start with. Some light pitting around the nipple area. The wood is in quite good condition. However it has had a couple of cracks on the left hand side. One from the buttplate about in the middle of the stock going forward and the other one on the left hand side above the trigger. Everything is good and solid. This is a very BIG HEAVY DUTY GUN!
Antique $ 5,750.
BELGIAN BROWNING AUTO-5 LIGHT 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG366-21-393
28 barrel, vent rib, excellent bore, 95% barrel blue, 90%+ shiny receiver blue with a few scattered light corrosion spots from bad storage; carefully cleaned and looks good. Nicely engraved, fine walnut retains most all original varnish, 14-1/2" pull to end of Pachmayr pad.
Modern $ 675 .
L.C. SMITH DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG437-21-413
18-53226 barrels, marked 'Specialty Grade', M & M chokes, right bore excellent, left tube has some tiny ripples. Ejectors, checkered beavertail forearm, checkered straight grip deluxe buttstock, 13-3/4" pull, double triggers. Engraving includes a duck on the right and pair of game birds on the left.
Modern $ 3,100.
HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON TOPPER SHOTGUN CUT-AWAY
Item # MSG394-18-599
The top and the side of the action is cut away to show operation and transfer bar safety system. No barrel portion or stock. Don't wait on this one, every H & R collector would die to have one of these.
Antique $ 350.
LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY F GRADE S x S
Item # MSG573-22-500
12 GA 30" bbl with full and modified chokes and an absolutely near perfect bores. A good solid old shotgun with engraved sidelocks. This one has a duck on the right hand side and a grouse on the left hand side. Still some case colors showing on the locks and frame. Bbl are pretty much and antique greyish patina. Overall wood condition is VG. Nice old shotgun.
Antique $ 1,575.
10 bore percussion SXS J.H. Johnston Pittsburgh PA
Item # MSG561-18-583
34-3/4" London twist bbl. Barrels have a very rich looking antique brownish color to them. They probably were browned to start with. Lock plates are very nice looking, smooth metal in an antique greyish brown. The wood is VG in this old gun. Nice figuring in the stock. Small compartment in the bottom opens. Hammers and triggers work well. A good looking old shotgun!!
Antique $ 1,695.
ITHACA FEATHERLIGHT REPEATERS ...THE BEST GUN GOING
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PARKER D GRADE HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN
Item # MSG462-18-295
12 Gauge with 30 Damascus bbls that are a silver gray coloration. Bores are good with slight roughness at chamber end. Receiver has mostly silvered out but retains all of the fine engraving and artwork that Parker guns are so noted for. Wood is good but scarred up; has a few dings and lock up spring is not functioning. Priced accordingly.
Antique $ 1,450.
ENGRAVED SPENCER 1884 SLIDE ACTION 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG230-18-398
32 Damascus barrel, very nice condition with smooth clean metal, barrel is a darkish plummish blue patina coloration with most vivid Damascus pattern intact; considerable Damascus pattern visible on the magazine as well with a few small dents present on the left side, frame turned a gray patina with fine scroll style engraving with a dog and bird scene on left side. Very nice checkered pistol grip fancy walnut retains most all original lacquer.
Antique $ 3,100.
DELUXE ENGRAVED SPENCER MODEL 1887 PUMP ACTION 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG365-18-397
30 barrel, most fine style Damascus pattern is visible, fine bore, magazine is a thinning plum blue gray coloration, excellent case colors on the floor plate, some case colors visible on the frame as well-balance turned nickelly. Beautiful delicate scroll engraving with a pair of woodcock in an oval scene on left side, a falling duck in a circle is atop rear of receiver, engraving is sharp and crisp. Nice hardrubber pump handle, very nice checkered pistol grip fancy walnut, correct hardrubber buttplate.
Antique $ 4,500.
SERIAL #1 SPENCER 1884 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG241-18-273
32 Damascus barrel and Damascus magazine tube have turned a dark plum blue brown patina coloration; most Damascus pattern visible. Receiver turned mostly dark on right side and forward area of left-balance is a nickelly gray patina; sharp scroll and vine engraving with a hunter and dog scene on left side. Interesting that right side is marked 'Spencer Arm Co.' (without patent date). Engraving appears to be done by the New York master Louis D. Nimschke-quite elaborate. SN 1 is present on numerous parts throughout the gun. Of further interest is that the barrel bears the Model 1886 type address, the cond matches the rest of the gun perfectly and it appears no alterations have been made. VG walnut, short non-checkered pump handle, checkering on pistol grip somewhat worn; otherwise VG+ walnut. The carrier's forward area is of a different design than seen on other 1884's, etc.; the slot is very short. VG shiny bore with a few pits. Interesting Spencer; possibly one-of-a-kind.
Antique $ 7,750.
BAKER 12 GAUGE ELITE GRADE SINGLE BARREL TRAP SHOTGUN
Item # MSG275-21-389
32 barrel, scalloped boxlock action retains 99% blue; full coverage engraved in bold floral and game scenes: pair of ducks one side, pointer on other, ejector; 95%+ barrel blue; some engraving at the breech, fine bore, Imp.Mod choke, 2-1/2" chamber. Fleur d'lis checkering on beavertail forearm and straight grip stock, 15" pull to end of white line pad (1-1/2" of spacers and pad), varnish added to stocks, raised rib.
Modern $ 3,650.
PROBABLE ONE-OF-AKIND DELUXE PROTOTYPE ITHACA SEMI AUTO 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG404-21-407
Serial number 'EX 1'. 24 barrel, modified choke, bottom load, bottom eject. This same gun is listed in 'The Ithaca Gun Company' book by Snyder. Near excellent overall retaining 99% of the lustrous barrel blue, 95% receiver blue; just a little flaked from top left receiver. Excellent deluxe walnut with fleur d'lis style checkered pistol grip stocks, virtually all lacquer is intact, excellent bore. This gorgeous gun is most interesting.
Modern $ 3,900.
PARKER 10 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL HAMMER SHOTGUN
Item # MSG291-19-541
Under lever opener, 29 Damascus barrels have turned to a dark plum brown coloration, frame has turned quite dark as well. VG checkered semi-pistol gripped stocks, 14" pull to the end of the steel buttplate, VG bores. Nice looking Trojan.
Antique $ 1,475.
ITHACA GRADE 5 ENGRAVED DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG429-22-501
Boxlock, 32 barrels, excellent bores, full coverage engraving in floral motifs with pheasant and partridge scenes on the sides and a bald Eagle on the underside. Fancy checkering on splinter forearm and pistol grip buttstock. Deluxe walnut generally very nice with a couple of coats of lacquer having been added, some chips of finish have been knocked off buttstock from use; original hardrubber buttplate. Considerable darkened receiver case colors present, most gold wash remains on double triggers, 90%+ blue on barrels. Overall, a fine gun.
Modern $ 6,500.
ITHACA LEWIS BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL GRADE 5 ENGRAVED 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG428-22-502
Ejectors, two sets of Whitworth fluid steel barrels: 26 and 28", two forends. Overall gun is in excellent condition with the barrels retaining 99% original lustrous blue, generous darkening case colors are intact on the frame which features dog scenes on the sides and a duck scene on the bottom, partridge on the triggerguard. Near exc walnut with light varnish added to the back half of the stock, old red rubber pad is a bit squashed, fancy checkering is in fine shape. Great lookin' shotgun; complete with Factory Letter and outstanding two barrel alligator case.
Modern $ 7,750 sale pending.
BAKER GUN CO. DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG427-21-388
B Grade, marked Batavia, NY". 28" Damascus barrels retain most vividness, shiny bores, fairly elaborate engraving with a falling duck on left sideplate and a grouse on the right side. Checkered splinter forearm and semi-pistol grip buttstock are in excellent condition; correct buttplate.
Antique $ 2,275.
PARKER DOUBLE BARREL HAMMER SHOTGUN; ‘D’ GRADE IN 10 GAUGE
Item # MSG440-22-499
32 Damascus barrels, pitting present in the bores, under lifter action. Barrels are a gray patina coloration, traces of case colors on the frame, dog scenes on left side and on the triggerguard, buck scene on the right. VG checkered semi-pistol grip buttstock, mismatched forearm fits great.
Antique $ 1,275 .
REMINGTON-WHITMORE MODEL 1878 ‘NEW MODEL HEAVY SHOTGUN’ IN 10 GAUGE
Item # R26-18-551
30 plum brown barrels with vivid Damascus pattern, pitted bores, receiver has turned to mostly a gray patina coloration, early style engraving. Straight grip stock in VG condition, has had a coat of varnish added some time ago.
Antique $ 2,100.