Staggering Winchester Model 42 .410 engraved by Winston Churchill. Completed in 1972 and consigned by the original owner, serial number 142075 has a 28-inch solid rib barrel (fixed SK, double ivory beads, 3-inch chamber). ENGRAVING: Commissioned by one of Churchill’s friends and best customers for his wife, receiver right is graced with a gold relief woodcock in flight against a mountained backdrop. Receiver left highlights a gold relief grouse rocketing through the timber. Each scene is surrounded by an intricate field of leafy vine, this in turn triple edge-bordered with fine lines. Detailing is, of course, extraordinary. The grip cap is equally dynamic, showcasing a bobwhite rising from a complex cluster of flora. Receiver right is signed “Winston Churchill Engr. For Cynthia 1972“. Additionally, both bolt and lifter are jeweled. STOCK: While unattributed, the stock is likely the work of Churchill as well. Fashioned from AAA-grade walnut with grain so dark it borders on sinister, the fore wears a wrap of fine checkering accented with intersecting ribbons and a single delicate fleur. The wrist echoes the theme through broad panels. A brass initial plate is inletted on the toe line. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.4 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.0 inches, and cast off is approximately .40-inch. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Mechanics are smooth and tight. Metal and wood finishes easily exceed 98 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $22,500 plus shipping.
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