J. Duchateau, Liege, 12 GA. SIDELOCK, BAERTEN ENGRAVED, WOW!!!
Jean Duchateau is one of the top 3 Belgian gunmakers, in the realm of Jules Bury, Lebeau Corually, and Francotte. This particular masterpiece was Angelo Bee’s personal gun and is now offered for sale in all its glory. This gun is the epitome of the gun maker’s art and is loaded with “BEST GUN” features, including:
-2 sets of chopper lump barrels, 25 ½” and 28” - hand filed rib
-Jose Baerten deep relief engraved -Holland and Holland sidelock action
-articulated front trigger -pierced top lever
-beaded fences -cocking indicators
-exhibition burl walnut English stock -chain border checkering 28LPI
-beavertail forend -drop points
The engraver, Jose Baerten, was a master engraver for over 35 years with FN/Browning, working on the high grade Superposed guns, and in fact was Chief Engraver from 1. World renowned, Baerten’s signed work on this gun is beyond description and truly defines the art of engraving “Best Guns”. THIS IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND MASTERPIECE.
The 28” chopper lump barrels are choked M/F (.017/.029), great bores, bore diameter .727 both, minimum wall thickness 32 thou , 99% blue, no pits, dents, or scratches, 2 ¾” chambers, ribs tight and barrels ring like chimes, tight on breech face and hinge pin, hand filed rib, excellent throughout. The 25 ½” barrels retain 99% blue, great bores, .729/.732 bore diameters, wall thickness 30 thou right, 20 thou left, chokes are “TULA” chokes that flair as they approach the muzzles and are KILLER skeet chokes, tight ribs, tight on breech face and hinge, chopper lump, file cut rib, also excellent throughout. Simply perfect for all your clay target needs as well as your upland fun.
The action is a Holland style sidelock with 100% deeply chiseled engraving, mostly described above, perfect screws, no flaws, auto safety, crisp trigger pulls, strong well timed ejectors, coin finish, even the trigger guard is fully engraved; STUNNING!
The Exhibition Grade Turkish burl walnut is oil finished, chain link borders on the 28 LPI checkering, stocked to the fences in English tradition, drop points, English butt stock with graceful beavertail forend, 14 ½” LOP to the checkered butt, 2 3/8” drop at heel, 1 ½” drop at comb, 3/8” cast off (dimensions can be altered to your specifications within 10 days of purchase for a small added cost), no splits, cracks, or repairs, perfect wood to metal fit. The stock carving and fit and finish are commensurate with the engraving; flawless.
This is a very special gun. Angelo Bee was a master engraver for FN/Browning for decades and has world wide recognition for his engraving art. He was friends with most of the craftsmen that created the best of the Browning Superposed. To own a gun that he commissioned utilizing the finest craftsman in the gun trades is to own a historic treasure. You will find his initials in the stock shield. As a stand alone, leaving out the famous maker, engraver, and owner, the gun is a great value and certainly a “BEST” gun. It is a bargain all considered.
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