Tobin Model Grade 55E 12ga- RARE & BEAUTIFUL
Tobin Arms Manufacturing of Norwich, Connecticut, produced sidelock double shotguns in America from 1, and then in Canada until the mid ‘20’s. This is a wonderful example of one of their finest grades. There are several informative articles in the Double Gun Journal, including Volume V, Issue 2, pages 47-53. This exact gun, serial number 7574 is featured full page on page 53. I have seen many early American double shotguns, as many of you well know, but this is the first Tobin I have had the good fortune to have in my possession. The engraving is of the highest quality of any of the American makers, and in my opinion was likely done by someone who also engraved Lefever guns. The similarities are striking.
The barrels are 32” Krupp steel with excellent bores, choked LM/M (.017/.022), engraved on the breech, some light scratches on the rib otherwise 99% rust re-blue, ribs are tight and the barrels ring like chimes, max bore diameter is .730, minimum barrel wall thickness is 45 thousandths, no dents or pits, 2 ¾” chambers, all in excellent shape.
The receiver is wonderfully engraved with game scene and scroll engraving that is still sharp and clear, retains 97% vivid case color, excellent screws, action is tight with barrels on face, trigger guard bow is nicely engraved and retains most all of the original niter blue, the long tang is mostly worn silver from use, double triggers break crisp and clean, ejectors are strong and timed. This is one of the most attractively engraved guns I have ever seen from the Classic American double makers.
The wood is nicely figured European walnut, English style stock, splinter forend, excellent original checkering, wood to metal fit is superb, no cracks or repairs, 14 1/8” LOP to butt plate, 2 3/8” drop at heel, 1 ½” drop at comb for great shooting dimensions, finish is excellent. The gun is gorgeous with the long barrels and English stock.
This is a fine collectible shotgun that has condition and rarity. I know there is not a “TOBIN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION”, but any collector of early American doubles should have examples of the lesser known makers in there display case. From an investor’s perspective there are only few of these gun left in the world, and this one is about as good as it gets. This is a tight, fine shotgun ready for clays or birds. It weighs 7lbs. 9oz.
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