When it comes to percussion shotguns, the pieces most commonly encountered by the modern collector are usually Belgian or English. These two countries dominated the double barrel shotgun market and exported their guns so inexpensively to North America that American gun companies simply couldn't compete. However, despite the competition, the famed Massachusetts-based gun firm Ethan Allen and Co built and distributed double barrel shotguns from 1854 to 1856 before ultimately stopping production due to the competition from European guns. This makes original Allen guns incredible rare.
This particular Ethan Allen double is in very good, shootable condition. It feature a walnut stock with no cracks or splits and a very pleasing patina.
Both locks feature great engraving without any pitting. Both hammers hold solid on full and half cock. The left hammer has a bit of discernible wobble and the right hammer is nice and solid.
The barrels are in very good condition with much of its original twist pattern still visible. The bores are surprisingly nice for a percussion double with very little light rust and pitting.
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