John Warren and Winston Churchill engraved Winchester Model 12 12 gauge. Serial 1213412 has a 27-inch ribbed barrel with open choke, double beads and a 2.75-inch chamber. ENGRAVING: John Warren’s intricate leafy vine dresses either side of the receiver. Close examination reveals an exacting and complex border treatment that is art in and of itself. Winston Churchill’s grip cap presents a rising grouse against a forested background, further supported by his incomparable scroll and bordering. Warren’s signature appear on receiver right and Churchill’s initials are on the lower shoulder of the cap. Both bolt and lifter are jeweled. STOCK: Although unattributed, the stock showcases highest quality – in particular the checkering. A 26 lines-per-inch wrapping pattern with flowing ribbons capturing isolated fields is a masterwork. The butt is profiled with a soft Monte Carlo and ends in a checkered horn plate. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.8 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.0 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.7 inches, and cast off is approximately .35-inch. CONDITION: The bore has a delightful sparkle. Both rust blue and wood are approximately 98 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 plus shipping.


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