Lot 24: Pre-World War II Double Rifle by The Edward Kettner Company

Pre-World War II Double Rifle by The Edward Kettner Company, One of Germany's finest makers. This wonderful, superb and delicate piece is chambered in 9x57Rmm and comes with 26 loaded rounds of ammunition. This cartridge with its 200+ grain bullet, while now somewhat obsolete, is a great short range game getter and is capable of handling North America's largest animals at ranges out to 200 or so yards. New brass is available from U.S. manufacturers. Rifle is mounted with a Carl Zeiss Zieleins scope in claw mounts and is believed to be 4 power. German reticle with perfect optics. Barrel also has open rear sight and post and bead front. Wide barrel rib. Barrel blue is about 90% with just a little thinning here and there. Sparkling bore with sharp rifling. Crossbolted receiver. CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS, RARE ON GERMAN GUNS. Receiver has chiseled fences and the rest of the boxlock action has 80% fine scroll engraving with subtle areas of case hardening colors remaining. There are 3 screws beside the triggers. Two adjust the trigger weights. Purpose of the third is unknown. The stock is absolutely MIND BLOWING walnut with lots of black streaking contrasting with a lighter background. Raised cheek piece in the European style. Ultra fine checkering in perfect condition. Engraved steel pistol grip cap. There is a cartridge well inlet at the toe of the stock that contains holes for 4 rounds. The butt is faced with a thin red recoil pad. European style sling studs. Condition is just slightly less than new and is as fine an example as you will ever find. Serial number: 4797. Probably made about 1935. Weight is 8.3 pounds.

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000

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