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Gun is now sold pending receipt of funds. I've decided to sell this Francotte Eagle Grade 12 Gauge Sideplated Boxlock. This particular gun was imported into this country in 1930 and is Marked as VL&D. In reality this gun was sent to Abercrombie and Fitch at they had taken over VL&D according to the availaable records. Abercrombie and Fitch then shipped the gun to VL&A for consignment in Chicago. There are no available records after that transaction.

This gun sold for $550 in 1930, a pretty substantial sum at that time. The Eagle Grade was Francotte's highest cataloged model and only their custom sidelock guns were more expensive. Francotte is a premium grade gun second to none in many peoples eyes for quailty of work, balance and beauty.

The particulars on this gun comes with the sideplated boxlock action with vivid casecoloring that is original and as new. Engraving as you can see in the pictures is excellent and features Pheasants and Quail on the left plate, Woodcock and ducks on the right, beautiful scroll work on the bottom of the receiver along of course with the gold Eagle. There is also a very nice Herron on the trigger guard. The gun also features hidden crossbolt lockup, 2 3/4 inch original chambers, ejectors which are beautifully timed and very strong, double triggers, pistol grip with horn grip cap, small beavertail forend with Anson style latch, and wonderful checkering. Weight of this nicely balanced double is 7 pounds 3 ounces.

The barrels are 28 1/2 inches in length with bright, shiny, bores which measure .728 right and .728 left exactly as marked. Choke constriction is .013 in the right barrel or improved cylinder and .020 in the left for modified. The Siemen Steel barrels have file cut rib which is tight and the barrels ring beautifully. They also have sideclips and a dolls-head fastener, making for a super strong lockup.

Stock is of straight grain walnut with very modern dimensions of 1 1/2 X 1 5/8 X 14 5/16 over a 1 inch leather covered pad. Checkering as you can see in the pictures is excellent and extremely well done. I have had this gun inspected by several people that are well versed in Francotte guns and all had no doubts this gun was original in every regard with the exception of the leather covered pad. Screws on the gun are perfect and timed properly and breech face shows almost no sign of being fired although I'm sure it has been fired a few times. Gun has a few handling marks which are very light and bluing is perfect. This gun appears to have come out of a time capsule. Price on the gun is $5000 plus actual shipping charges to your FFL. As always there is a three day non-firing inspection period on this gun with the buyer responsible for all shipping charges and insurance. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] should you have any questions on this gun which could be the center of any Francotte collection.

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Thanks, I love Francottes. They are wonderful guns that aren't really well known. The workmanship is top notch.
 

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You are right, the timed screws are a sign of a class gun made by people that knew what they were doing. And to find one that hasn't been tinkered with in all these years is really special.
 
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