183. Rare Remington Model 11E Expert Grade Semi-Auto Shotgun

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serial #142259, 12 ga., 28" plain matted top barrel choked full with a bright excellent bore.The metal surfaces retain about 90-92% original blue, actually appearing stronger under normal ambient light. The loss is due to some light operational wear on the barrel, spots of even fading and toning to pewter on the tangs, carry point of frame and bow of guard. The bolt and carrier are primarily a pewter patina with remnants of some very light oxidation staining. The checkered straight grip English walnut buttstock rates very good plus with lovely grain figure, the expected light dings and handling marks that come from the years, and nice antique crazing in the finish, the checkered hard rubber Remington UMC buttplate is intact and unmolested. The forend is perhaps a bit more tender showing a few more handling marks and the expected length-wise cracks that are often seen at the rear of the forends of the Model 11 and Auto-5 shotguns. The checkering remains strong and there is also nice antique crazing to the finish with 3 of the aforementioned cracks present at the rear of the forend, it still rating about very good overall. The arm features lovely open scroll with background punch-dot shading for nearly 6" on the barrel. The nice scroll continues on the receiver, magazine cap, tangs and bow of guard with this example being more elaborate than most Expert grades, as it features game scene vignettes left and right; most feature a left-side game panel with the right side merely having open scroll. There is a single very neatly drilled and tapped hole at the rear face of the receiver, it was very neatly done and is unobtrusive. This is a rare Model 11 Expert Grade with its extra engraving and straight grip, that clearly was used afield, but well-taken-care-of, worthy of any collection of Remington or engraved arms. (38662-1) {C&R} (2000/4000) SOLD FOR $1,840.00

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