June 25-28, 2018 Firearms
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This extremely rare eight gauge by A. Tonks of Boston, Massachusetts is the only example observed by this cataloger. Alfred Tonks of Boston as a maker of percussion revolvers and double shotguns is listed in Frank Seller's book "American Gunsmiths". It has "Laminated" barrels with a smooth top rib which is inscribed "Lamenated Steel", a small brass front bead, and has a nicely engraved dolls head extension and a small ribbon of engraving at the breech end. The barrels are otherwise unmarked. The frame is nicely scroll engraved with sculpted fences. Hammers are large in size and are nicely scroll engraved and knurled on tops. Both lockplates are engraved "A. Tonks." Bottom of action is scroll engraved and long tang trigger guard is as well. Grip cap is nicely carved in big tops pattern. Buttstock is checkered in two point pattern through the wrist and is of quarter-sawn American walnut with unengraved brass oval near toe and checkered horn buttplate. The forearm is nicely checkered in three point pattern with triangular multi-level button tip. The gun has double triggers and extractors, no safety. Very fine overall and appears mostly as found with great screws throughout. Action retains around 30% original case color, balance having turned silver. Stocks with good checkering show minor scratches and impressions. Bores show some minor pits but are excellent for a gun of this vintage. Mechanics are fine. This is an extremely rare American finished side by side and likely the only example one will ever have to add this maker to your collection.
Name
Value
Accessories
Barrel Length
32"
Barrel Wall Thickness
(L) .044 (R) .051
Chamber
3 - 1/2"
Choke
(L) IMP. Mod (R) IMP. Mod
Drop at Comb
1 - 5/8"
Drop at Heel
2 - 3/4"
FFL Status
Antique
Gauge
8
Internal Bore Diameter
(L) .870 (R) .872
Length of Pull
13 - 1/2"
Manufacturer
A. Tonks
Model
Best Grade
Paperwork
No
Weight
11lbs 14oz.
Serial Number
NSN
(A) AWESOME A. TONKS OF BOSTON BEST GRADE JONES UNDERLEVER DOUBLE HAMMER 8 BORE SHOTGUN.
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
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