This 12-gauge Browning Superposed Pigeon Grade is 100% factory original and is in collector-quality (99%+) condition. Built in 1956—and known as a “Grade II” at that time—it was engraved by Felix Funken, FN’s Chief Engraver and founder of the FN Engraving School, just three years before his retirement. Funken trained all of the FN Master Engravers—including Andre Watrin, Louis Vrancken, Jose Baerten and Angelo Bee—and is universally recognized as the most collectible of the FN Master Engravers. In addition to the gun’s unique serial number (50X00), Funken signed his name on BOTH SIDES of the receiver. We’ve handled a lot of collector-quality Superposeds and have never seen, heard of or read about a Funken-engraved gun with dual signatures. This may well be the only Funken-engraved Pigeon in existence which he signed on both sides of the receiver, perhaps indicating that he engraved this gun himself rather than signing his name as a reward to a promissing student as he was known to have done on occasion.
This Pigeon is a long tang/round knob hunting model built on a Lightning frame with 28-inch barrels choked Skeet (**$) over Skeet (**$). Blueing, coin finish and wood finish are all in pristine condition with no flaws or handling marks. The buttstock shows pronounced tiger striping on both sides, and the checkering on both the buttstock and fore-end remains very sharp and pointy. The buttstock is fitted with a Browning ventilated rubber recoil pad, which was a special-order option at the time. The ventilated top rib is fitted with a brass-bead front sight and ivory mid-rib bead. The “O” and “U” designators under the barrel selector are inlaid in gold, and the gold-plated trigger shows no wear. No case or papers are available, although the gun will be shipped in a protective plastic case. UPS ground shipping and insurance is $100 to the lower 48, and the gun will be insured to the full value of the winning bid. Additional shipping charges will apply for shipment to AK or HI.