June 25-28, 2018 Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/25/2018
According to Cody Firearms Museum records this gun was completed January 1968 for cowboy movie hero, Roy Rogers, with name plate engraved with his wife's name, "Dale" which is also in gold on grip cap. Two sets of 28" barrels ("1" and "2") marked on loops and tips of forend irons, have raised matted ventilated ribs, marked "CUSTOM BUILT BY WINCHESTER FOR ROY ROGERS" in milled out portion at rear of ribs. There are 2-1/2" triangles of exceptionally well cut semi-relief open shaded scroll at breech ends. Engine turned barrel flats are stamped with serial numbers, gauge, and chamber information along with Winchester proofs. Barrel set "1" is marked for modified and full; barrel set "2", skeet 1 and 2. Blued flat side action has all correct markings on engine turned water table, and is fitted with non-automatic safety and gold-plated single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved in "Grand American" style with oak leaf carved fences, but is obviously special order throughout with scenes and characters important in Roy's life. On the left side in a background of well cut open shaded scroll, we have a vignette of Roy's pointer, Sam, pointing a flushing pheasant in open woodlands. Right side depicts Roy (?) in cowboy hat shooting trap with mountains in background, he appears to be aiming at a 1966 dated clay target marked "Winchester National Claybird Tournament". Roy and Dale were avid trap and skeet shooters. Bottom of action portrays two animals important in Roy and Dale's life; his co-stars, a German Shepherd, Bullet, is seated and looking toward you at front, and his horse, Trigger, is rearing with cactus in background at rear. Trigger guard bow depicts the face of a long horn steer. All of these major subjects are semi-relief inlaid in gold. Steel grip cap with more scroll engraving is outlined in gold wire with "DALE" "GRAND" "AMERICAN" in gold at bottom. Superb XXXX feather crotch American walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4" over leather faced pad. Grip and side panels are "B carved" with Fleur-di-lis and ribbons throughout fancy pattern checkering which has large flourishes into butt. A gold oval on toe line is engraved "DALE" (specified in factory letter). Each barrel set has its own matching beavertail ejector forend with inset contrasting wood tip, which has usual J-spring and knurled secondary release. Included with gun is a considerable amount of paperwork and photographs, including factory letter, certificate of authenticity that "this item was personally owned and used by cowboy star, Roy Rogers", and with Roy Rogers Museum description of the gun. Photographs include Roy and Dale as well as Roy being presented his gun. Also included is the guns original brown leather case with stitched leather corners with top embossed "R. R", which is also on central medallion of canvas outer cover. Interior of case is lined in burgundy cloth and has space for gun and both sets of barrels. Case contains a pair of snap caps and a square oil bottle. Excellent, nearly as new, appears little fired since proof, retaining essentially all original factory finishes on wood and metal surfaces. Bores are excellent. Mechanically excellent. Case leather is excellent with some marks and scratches, as protected by its outer cover which is excellent. Interior is very fine with some marks and rubs.
with case,oiler,2snap caps
Barrel Length
Barrel Wall Thickness
Set 1: (L) .045 (R) .044 Set 2: (L) .032 (R) .036
2 - 3/4"
Set 1: (L) Mod (R) Full Set 2: (L) Imp. Cyl. (R) Imp. Mod.
Drop at Comb
1 - 7/16"
Drop at Heel
1 - 15/16"
FFL Status
Curio & Relic
Internal Bore Diameter
Set 1: (L) .609 (R) .611 Set 2: (L) .625 (R) .623
Length Of Pull
14 - 1/4"
21 Grand American
Serial Number
7 lbs 8 oz.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $28,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $63,000.00
Estimate: $55,000 - $75,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
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