Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MSG807 WARDS WESTERN FIELD 410 SxS
Item # MSG807
26" Bbls, Markings are "Wards Western Field Model 50". On the bbl is "Selected Forged Steel" and "Proof tested 410 bore 3 in chamber". This gun was made by Stevens Arms Company and sold to major marketers such as Wards. This one is in exceptional condition. Normally these are well used but this one is not. Nearly all blue remains. Case colored frame has nearly all case colors. Dimmed lightly especially at the carry point. Wood is also in good overall condition. This has the Western Field recoil pad which is correct to this gun. Nice solid lock -up. Excellent bores. Comes with a Letter from J. Stevens Company.
Modern $ 1,250.
MSG881 ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL
Item # MSG881
20 ga double bbl. 28" bbls with a solid matte rib choked modified and full. Good amount of orig blue finish on bbls. Slight wear at the muzzle. Case colored scroll engraved frame that has aged to a grey patina. Fleur-de-lis checkered pistol grip stock is in good condition. Typical handling mars. Rubber recoil pad.
Modern $ 3,995.
MSG882 ITHACA FLUES GRADE 4E DOUBLE BBL SHOTGUN
Item # MSG882
12 ga. 28" solid matte rib bbl. Single steel bead sight. Bbls choked modified and full. LOP 13-1/4". Engraving on the case hardened frame with floral scrolls and game bird scenes. Checkered stocks with Fluer-de-lis design. Ithaca hard rubber buttplate.
Modern $ 3,775.
MSG848 RARE YOUTH BOXLOCK ITHACA FLUES
Item # MSG848
Grade 4 20 ga. 24" bbls choked improved modified and improved modified. White bead front sight. Bbls retain most all of a professional re-blue. Bores are excellent. Frame retains a good amount of silver plate with some areas of flaking. There is a dog scene on each side and a quail on the belly. Beautiful refinished wood has fancy fleur-de-lis checkering. Hard rubber buttplate and LOP 12-1/2". Triggers, top lever and safety are done in gold wash. This is a beautiful and rare Ithaca Youth Boxlock!
Modern $ 3,100.
R26 REMINGTON-WHITMORE MODEL 1878 ‘NEW MODEL HEAVY SHOTGUN’ IN 10 GAUGE
Item # R26
30 inch plum brown barrels with vivid Damascus pattern. Pitted bores. Receiver has turned to mostly a gray patina coloration. Early style engraving with a lot of coverage on side plates, trigger guard, both tangs and butt plate. Straight grip stock in VG condition that has had a coat of varnish added some time ago. Gun is featured in the book "Remington Double Shotguns" on page 71 by Charles Semmer.
Antique $ 2,100.
MSG437 L.C. SMITH DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG437
26 inch barrels, marked 'Specialty Grade', M & M chokes, right bore excellent, left tube has some tiny ripples. Ejectors, checkered beavertail forearm, checkered straight grip deluxe buttstock, 13-3/4" pull, double triggers. Engraving includes a duck on the right and pair of game birds on the left.
Modern $ 3,100.
R090 ITHACA 4E SINGLE BARREL TRAP SHOTGUN
Item # R090
Serial number over 400,XXX range. Orig 30 full choke bbl, exc bore, orig wood has filler piece expertly added to comb, looks pretty decent with a Morgan type adjustable metal pad. Other than alterations to the wood, gun is in fine cond with 98% bbl blue on the receiver, 75-80% vivid case colors. Should make fine shooter.
Modern $ 1,750.
MSG890 LEFEVER NITRO SPECIAL SIDE BY SIDE
Item # MSG890
410 ga. 26" bbls, 2-1/4" chambers, fixed full and modified chokes. Boxlock action. Double triggers and extractors. Good bores. Orig forearm has been refinished. Buttstock is a replacement and has a Fajen grooved buttplate. LOP 14-5/8". DAC 2-3/4". DAH 2-3/4". Stock is cast off. Overall weight is a mere 6 lbs. 4 oz. Metal has faded to a brown color on bbls and frame. This is a nice little 410!
Modern $ 1,475.
MSG241 SERIAL #1 SPENCER 1884 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG241
32 inch Damascus barrel and Damascus magazine tube have turned a dark plum blue brown patina coloration; most Damascus pattern visible. Receiver turned mostly dark on right side and forward area of left-balance is a nickelly gray patina; sharp scroll and vine engraving with a hunter and dog scene on left side. Interesting that right side is marked 'Spencer Arm Co.' (without patent date). Engraving appears to be done by the New York master Louis D. Nimschke-quite elaborate. SN 1 is present on numerous parts throughout the gun. Of further interest is that the barrel bears the Model 1886 type address, the cond matches the rest of the gun perfectly and it appears no alterations have been made. VG walnut, short non-checkered pump handle, checkering on pistol grip somewhat worn; otherwise VG+ walnut. The carrier's forward area is of a different design than seen on other 1884's, etc.; the slot is very short. VG shiny bore with a few pits. Interesting Spencer; possibly one-of-a-kind.
Antique $ 7,750.
MSG308 MOSSBERG TARGO MODEL 340 TR IN .22 CALIBER SMOOTH BORE
Item # MSG308
This example has the .22 smooth bore insert screwed in. A previous owner then cut the excess portion so it's flush with the stationary muzzle. 24 inch round barrel with most original blue and a bright shiny bore. Sound wood with the usual dings and scratches. Plastic trigger guard has a crack in it.
Modern $ 395.
MSG394 HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON TOPPER SHOTGUN CUT-AWAY
Item # MSG394
The top and the side of the action is cut away to show operation and transfer bar safety system. No barrel portion or stock. Don't wait on this one, every H & R collector would die to have one of these.
Antique $ 350.
MSG867 US ARMS COMPANY DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Item # MSG867
12 ga. 30" solid rib damascus bbls. All metal is worn with some traces of finish remaining. Left bbl and side are mostly gray with some freckling. Right side has more color remaining. Checkered wood is dark and worn with numerous handling mars. Grip cap is an ill fitting replacement and buttplate is weatrhered/worn with pieces missing. Hammers are intact. This shotgun would look really cool above your fireplace!
Antique $ 395 .
MSG789 L.C. SMITH EJECTOR SxS
Item # MSG789-27-468
12 ga with 30" bbls choked full and mod. Marking on the rib is "Hunter Arms Co". These are the fluid steel bbls. Good looking shotgun with some wear. Probably was some ones hunting gun. Bbls are in nice condition with just a couple of light dings. Bores are nice bright and shiny. Solid lockup as most L.C. Smiths are. Frame still has most case colors remaining and have dimmed quite a bit. Carry point is nearly all silver. Wood is good overall condition with a coat of varnish and a white line recoil pad added. Good classic American shotgun! Complete with Factory Letter.
Modern $ 1,250.
MSG427 BAKER GUN CO. DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG427
B Grade, marked Batavia, NY". 28" Damascus barrels retain most vividness, shiny bores, fairly elaborate engraving with a falling duck on left sideplate and a grouse on the right side. Checkered splinter forearm and semi-pistol grip buttstock are in excellent condition; correct buttplate.
Antique $ 2,275.
MSG740 G GRADE PARKER SIDE BY SIDE
Item # MSG740
30" Damascus bbls with 2-5/8" 12 ga chambering. The bbls are mostly grey showing the pretty damascus pattern that Parker had. Bbls are in VG cond except for one dent in the bottom of the left bbl. The interiors are VG. Frame shows age and is mostly grey with some light case color showing. Stock has been reworked and is in VG cond. Pistol grip cap has the Parker marking and in VG cond. Also has the trademark Parker butt plate with the dog. Parker's are always sought after and this is a decent looking gun.
Modern $ 1,975.
MSG880 ALLEN & THURBER ENGRAVED PERCUSSION DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Item # MSG880
12 gauge. 30" solid rib Damascus bbls. Single brass bead on the concave rib. Bbl markings are "Allen & Thurber" and "Worcester". Bbls are brown with visible Damascus pattern. Hammers, action, forend cap and buttplate have light scroll engraving. Wood is in fair refinished condition with checkering worn smooth. Complete with wooden ramrod. Interesting back action percussion double shotgun.
Antique $ 2,295.
MSG851 BRASS BARREL BLUNDERBUSS FLINTLOCK
Item # MSG851
No markings appear on the bbl which measures 14-3/8" with 1-1/2" at the muzzle. Brass trigger guard and butt plate along with the bbl have a nice aged patina. The lock looks like it could be French but the rest of the gun seems to be an American assembly. Wood is got some areas of chipping and dings and has some sort of finish added. There is a replacement wooden rod. A great piece of History.
Antique $ 2,295.
MSG843 ITHACA SINGLE BARREL TRAP
Item # MSG843
Grade 5 Flues model. Early gun made in the mid teens in 12 ga. 34" vent rib bbl. What is really nice about these early Ithaca's is they had very heavy walled bbls. Choking is full as with most of these single bbl traps. Beautiful bright shiny bore. Exterior has 90%+ of what I believe is an excellent re-blue? Receiver is mostly grey with some case colors showing. Very nice case colors in protected areas. Full coverage engraving with bird scenes on the side and the Eagle on the bottom of the receiver. On the later single bbl traps the Eagle was on the side. Wood is also very nice as re-varnished. LOP is 14-1/8" to the end of Pachmayr recoil pad. These guns are timeless. They will always be a premier trap gun. They were nearly 100 years ago and can still fill that role today.
Modern $ 2,375.
MSG844 ITHACA SINGLE BARREL TRAP
Item # MSG844
This is a custom shotgun in the "Knick" series. Lightly customized grade 4E. 12 ga equipped with a 32" bbl. It has 4 recoil slots in the bbl about 6" from the muzzle. Blue has been taken off when the porting was done to the bbl. Otherwise, bbl blue is quite good. Equipped with both center and front beads. As with most of these, the bore is VG. Lock up is solid and tight. Receiver has most case colors remaining although they have dimmed somewhat. Nice scenes. This one has an Indian on the right side and the trap shooter on the left side. Some custom work has been done to the stock where a knob was put on the pistol grip. Also there were spacers added and a Young and Co. recoil pad. LOP is 14-1/8". Semi-dlx wood with nice checkering on both buttstock and forearm. Normal handling marks but good overall condition. Equipped with a working ejector. This would make a very fine trap gun still today.
Modern $ 2,100.
MSG842 ITHACA GRADE 4E SINGLE BARREL TRAP
Item # MSG842
This is the "Knick" single bbl trap. 12 ga 30" vent rib bbl with modified choke and ejector. Bbl cond is good both inside and out. Most blue remaining and a shiny bore. The center bead has been taken off and the front bead has been changed. Just over the 400k serial range. Receiver is mostly a silver/grey color with some case colors still remaining. Lock up is nice and solid. This one has the Eagle on the right side and the standard engraving of the trap shooter on the left side. Buttstock is a nicely done custom piece with a roll-over Monte Carlo of deluxe wood. A Decelerator pad and a couple of spacers have been added to make the LOP 14-1/14". Forearm appears to be a standard piece of wood that was freshened at the time of the custom stock work. Shotgun is just waiting to bust many more clay pigeons!
Modern $ 2,100.
MSG783 L.C. SMITH GRADE 2 HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN
Item # MSG783
A beautiful high condition early L.C. Smith SxS. 12 ga with 2-3/4" chambers. Serial range of 103k making it built in about 1898-1900. Early characteristics including the early style sideplate, rectangular safety window and dogs head on the forearm. High condition with beautiful blue bbls that are just as nice on the inside. Frame has all case colors remaining. Most are very vivid. Grade 2 bird engravings on the sidelocks. Wood is exceptional and has the very thin wrist with pistol grip knob. LOP 14" from the added white line recoil pad. Fine early shotgun!
Modern $ 4,875.
MSG818 L.C. SMITH GRADE 3
Item # MSG818
This fine shotgun is 12 ga with 2-3/4" chambers. It has 30" bbls which have been refinished. Possibly factory done? Bbls look very nice both inside and out. Nice solid lockup. The grade 3 has game scenes. On the right hand sideplate is 2 ducks and on the left side are 2 quail and of course other scroll engraving. There is still ample case colors showing and nice smooth metal. Wood is in very nice condition. Good fitting. Appears to have a coat of varnish or oil added. Nicely done. A good eye appealing L.C. Smith.
Modern $ 2,275.
MSG790 RARE HIGH CONDITION L.C. SMITH TRAP GRADE
Item # MSG790
Markings on the bbl is "L.C. Smith Trap Grade" . Also on the bottom lug is "Long Range". 32" bbls and auto ejectors. 12 ga with 3" chambers. The grade and features makes this a very special gun. Now add near new original condition! You heard right. This is a "Closet Queen"! Very very little use. All beautiful L.C. Smith case colors remain as does the bbl blue. The stock is also near excellent. Just a couple of light handling marks. Thats it. If you are looking for American made high quality shotgun, L.C. Smith is at the top of that list. You won't find a nicer specimen. Beautiful gun! Comes with a letter from the L.C. Smith Collectors Association.
Modern $ 8,500.
MSG795 ITHACA SINGLE BARREL TRAP
Item # MSG795
This is the later NID 4E version of the famed single bbl trap. This has the classic Ithaca engravings with the trap shooter on the left side and the Indian with bow on the right. 12 ga of course with 30" vent rib bbl in full choke. A very nice shotgun with nearly all finish remaining. Beautiful bright blue. Most case colors and VG cond wood. LOP 14" to the back of the white line recoil pad. Many of these are still in use today. These are a great American shotgun!
Modern $ 2,100.
MSG814 L.C. SMITH IDEAL GRADE
Item # MSG814
This is a 12 Ga. ejector gun with 30" bbls choked full and mod. Nice bright shiny bore is near excellent. Bbls have most blue with some thinning. Thinning is most evident at the muzzle and carry point towards frame. The frame exhibits some case coloring with the balance turning an aging grey. Forearm and buttstock wood color does not match. Likely one or the other was changed. Probably the forearm because the in letting around the forearm release does not look quite right. Wood is good condition. Nice solid lockup-a trait that L.C. Smith was noted for. This was some ones hunting gun and was used quite a bit but well cared for. The Ideal grade was probably the "Ideal" SxS! Fairly priced.
Modern $ 1,195.
MSG811 BEAUTIFUL CASE COLORED L.C. SMITH
Item # MSG811
L. C. Smith is noted for it's rich case colors and this one really shows that off! To top that, this is the L.C. Smith Featherweight. Very light wear to the case colors right at the carry point. Not only the case colors but the protective factory coating is still present. Nearly all the blue remains on the trigger guard and bbl. Bores are excellent. Wood is also in VG cond. There is some "alligatoring" to the wood finish for some reason? Checkering is sharp and nice. A very "low millage" Classic American 12 Ga. shotgun!
Modern $ 2,275.
MSG836 SCARCE SPENCER CONVERSION SMOOTH BORE
Item # MSG836
The bore diameter is about 16 ga. Chamber much smaller than a 16 ga as is the mag tube. I don't know if they used the regular Spencer cartridges with shot or what? Was this factory done or done after the fact? Bbl is 28" and does have shotgun bead. No other type of sights were on this gun. Bbl was specifically made as a shotgun bbl. Other modifications are the sling bar has been removed. Another oddity is that the forearm was made specifically for this bbl which would tend to make one think it was a factory job. Nice condition Spencer with thinning blue on the bbl. A couple of grey spots. The receiver has nearly all the blue which looks like it was done when the gun was modified. If that is the case, there are no markings on the receiver bridge as you would normally see. There is a serial number in the hammer area of 13727. The Stabler cut off is still in place. A very unique Spencer!
Antique $ 1,695.
MSG715 A H FOX A GRADE
Item # MSG715-26-430
This SxS shotgun is in 12 ga. Markings on the bbl are " Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel". Standard choking with a full and a modified bbl. 28" bbl. Frame is elaborately engraved with a deep scroll style. Frame is case colored with good case colors showing in protected areas. The remainder is mostly silver. Nice clean smooth metal. Bbl has most finish remaining thinning lightly in spots. Inside the bbls it is nice bright and shiny. Original wood is very nice cond and looks like it has been lightly freshened with re-cut checkering. Repaired hairline crack. A nice vintage shotgun!
Modern $ 2,875.
MSG758 VERY RARE PHOENIX BREECH LOADING SHOTGUN
Item # MSG758
The shotgun is also based on the swing bolt loading and unloading system. This one is in 12 ga. A very nice aged looked to this gun with most finish remaining on the bbl. It has turned an antique brown/grey towards the end of the bbl. Towards the frame iit is a bluish medium brown color. Receiver is a pleasing grey antique patina. Equipped with a metal buttplate. Wood is VG overall with usual handling mars. Nice solid pieces of wood. Some pitting in an otherwise shiny bore. The Whitney Phoenix is seldom seen in any configuration and especially in a shotgun. Good affordable collectable.
Antique $ 1,550.
XW7X EARLY PARKER FISHTALE SHOTGUN
Item # XW7X-26-446
This is a hammerless SxS 12 ga with 30" bbls. P grade. Good looking old shotgun. Metal is mostly grey throughout. All markings very readable. Bores are VG. Bright and shiny with no pitting. One ding on the left bbl. Wood is also VG cond. Has orig distintive Parker butt plate and pistol grip cap. This is the fishtale lever variety. Nice old quality American shotgun.
Antique $ 1,495.
MSG601 DOUBLE BARREL CAPE GUN
Item # MSG601-26-415
45 cal rifle bbl and 20 ga shotgun bbl. Marked on top of the rib is "Blissett and Son High Holborn London." 4-leaf folding express sight. Period front sight. Nicely figured European Circassian Walnut stocks with shotgun style buttplate. Checkering has been freshened. Looks good. Complete with correct sling eyes. Back action locks are very delicately engraved and marked "Blissett and Son". Nice looking gun. Double trigger bottom opener. Double hammer. Beautiful delicate looking gun! Bbls have been refinished a long time ago. Still retain about 90% of the professional refinish. Receiver has about 20% nickeling original case colors. No pitting. Smooth sharp crisp action.
Antique $ 4,500.
MSG597 LANE & READ BOSTON MARKET GUN
Item # MSG597
Approximately a 5 Bore. Very pretty gun with deluxe stock in VG condition. The furniture is a mixture of iron and brass. The forearm tip being brass and the trigger guard being iron along with the lock plate, buttplate and a couple other parts. Inset gold medallion says "Daniel Webster." Setup more like a standard percussion shotgun, although it is big bore! Approximately a 1" bore. Definitely sets it aside from your average shotgun. The trigger guard is of the square front variety. Rather unique. Dimension wise, this gun makes a little more sense than some of them. The bbl is a reasonable 34" and weight is approximately 10-3/4 pounds. It is a half stock and has a cleaning rod, dark brownish metal that has faded and a very pretty deluxe stock with a cheek piece. Top of the bbl has a rather unique spear shaped flat making sort of a rib for about 1/3 of the bbl length. Action is nice and solid. Daniel Webster must have been a hell of a man to pull the trigger on this baby!
Antique $ 5,275.
MSG404 PROBABLE ONE-OF-A-KIND DELUXE PROTOTYPE ITHACA SEMI AUTO 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG404-25-383
Serial number 'EX 1' indicates it is an experimental / development gun. 24" barrel, modified choke, bottom load, bottom eject. This same gun is listed in 'The Ithaca Gun Company' book by Snyder. Near excellent overall retaining 99% of the lustrous barrel blue, 95% receiver blue; just a little flaked from top left receiver. Excellent deluxe walnut with fleur d'lis style checkered pistol grip stocks, virtually all lacquer is intact, excellent bore. This gorgeous gun is most interesting.
Modern $ 3,900.
R1025 VERY SCARCE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT FORAGING SHOTGUN IN 20 GAUGE
Item # 0-28/R1025-26-652
Original 28 full round barrel, original wood shows some usage with an old repair at the wrist but is generally in VG condition; complete with traces of finish, the balance turning a smooth clean plum brown patina coloration. This is an excellent representative specimen of a hard to find foraging shotgun.
Antique $ 975.
MSG705 ITHACA SINGLE BARREL TRAP 4E
Item # MSG705-26-437
Bbl length is 32". Factory vent rib. Ivory bead front and mid. Choke full. Engraving is a little different on this one. On the right hand side is an Eagle holding arrow and "Made in USA". The rest is the typical scroll work seen on Ithaca shotguns. There is a trap scene on the left hand side. Receiver has greyed out with light traces of case colors remaining. Bbl retains most blue lightly thinning. A beautiful piece of dlx wood on this gun in VG cond. There is a pachmayr decelerator pad.Nice solid lock up. Excellent bore. These fine old single bbl traps are still seen at trap clubs today.
Modern $ 2,275.
MSG704 ITHACA 4E SINGLE BARREL TRAP
Item # MSG704-26-434
As with most single bbl traps, it is 12 ga. 32" with factory vent rib. Full choke. Front and mid ivory beads. Bbl blue nearly all there with just some wear in a few spots. Overall VG bbl finish. Like wise with the frame. Case colors still showing. This one has the Eagle motif. Fine scrolling on the bottom with VG case colors and some protective lacquer remaining. Bore is bright and shiny and in VG cond. Lock up is nice and solid. This gun is a little unusual in the fact that it is a straight grip shotgun. 14-1/2" LOP to the end of Ithaca rubber buttpad. Forearm is a semi-beaver tail style which is VG cond. A few light handling marks. No cracks or losses. A very fine gun that you could have a lot of fun with!
Modern $ 1,875.
R23 REMINGTON MODEL 1894 HAMMERLESS 10 GAUGE
Item # R23-26-458
Smooth clean metal with quite a lot of case colors showing, 32 Damascus barrels with mirror bores. Only detractions are the letter 'KP' lightly carved in stock. Also white line recoil pad added. Good solid gun.
Antique $ 2,950.
MSG643 ITHACA DOUBLE BARRELED HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN
Item # MSG643-26-441
32" bbls choked full and mod. Marked on the receiver is "2". Has ejectors and double triggers. Ejectors function well. Excl bores. Wood is fine cond with sharp checkering. Stock measures 14" to the end of the orig hard rubber buttplate. Gun is in fine cond with 97-98% bright orig blue. Receiver is nicely engraved with 75% case colors turning nickel color on the bottom. Bright blue on trigger guard. Fine old gun.
Modern $ 1,875 .
MSG605 BELGIUM MADE BROWNING SUPER-POSED MIDAS GRADE OVER AND UNDER 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG605-26-414
30" bbl. Full and modified choke. Fitted with another 28" bbl set in 20 gauge, full and mod. with 3" chambers that is unmarked but still numbered to the gun. Probably made by Simmons. The gun has probably been re-stocked and it is beautifully done with Circassian Walnut. Highly figured contrasting black and blond stripes throughout. Stock dimensions measure 14-3/4" to the end of the brown Pachmayr pad. Gun was manufactured in 1968 and is in virtually un-used condition. The engraving was signed by Arno. This is a round knob short tang Belgium made Browning fitted in original Browning 2-bbl set case. Nearly new condition. Excellent throughout!
Modern $ 8,975.